May 20th, 2018

Opinions

Busy month at the Legislature

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 13th, 2018

March was a busy month as we returned to the Legislature for the spring 2018 session, spent some time meeting with constituents for “constituency week,” and we now have begun our debates on budget estimates and new bills in the Legislature. Normally, MLAs from all parties rise in support (or against) bills, or offer amendments ... Read More »

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What do you say to the bereaved?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 12th, 2018

Allan Wilson The horrific tragedy of the Humbolt hockey team has moved millions of people across Canada in a remarkable outpouring of sympathy. Here in Lethbridge the roots of the respected family have directly touched more than a thousand people: former students of the father, rugby enthusiasts, education colleagues – myself included. Last month Logan ... Read More »

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Hockey bus crash resonates broadly

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 10th, 2018

Canada’s hockey culture like ‘a big family’ The recent crash of the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus has touched people across the continent, and beyond – and for a number of reasons. Besides the fact of the tragic circumstances – 15 people dead, most of them young players with the Saskatchewan-based junior hockey team, including 21-year-old ... Read More »

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Latvia and language rights

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 8th, 2018

Lots of countries have two or more official languages: Canada (two), Belgium (three), Switzerland (four), South Africa (11), India (23), and so on. They all have trouble balancing the competing demands of the various language groups. But Latvia has only one official language, and it has a bigger problem than any of them. “There’s no ... Read More »

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Scrutinizing the carding process

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 7th, 2018

Jason Laurendeau UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE In a practice known as “carding,” or what the Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) calls “field interviews/street information checks,” officers engage with – and often detain – community members who are “observed under suspicious circumstances or if the nature of their actions and presence in an area raises the possibility of ... Read More »

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Voting marathon and why it matters

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 6th, 2018

Strategy aimed at forcing action on national blunder You likely heard about the 21-hour voting marathon that took place in the House of Commons two weeks ago. What you may not have heard is why my Conservative colleagues and I forced this showdown. The reason is simple: Canadians deserve to know why a convicted terrorist, ... Read More »

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Planning in the lion’s den

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 5th, 2018

Alberta’s new land-use plans Kevin Van Tighem No matter what you might think of Alberta’s NDP government, it can’t be denied that they have the courage to venture where their predecessors feared to tread. Need pipelines approved? No worries: here’s a carbon levy and an aggressive timetable for closing coal-fired generation facilities and encouraging the ... Read More »

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Improving our alert system

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 4th, 2018

Bringing telecom providers on board will make warning system even better During a public emergency, timely information is crucial. Fortunately in this age of digital technology, it’s easier than it has ever been to get information out quickly and broadly. Later this week, the country’s National Public Alerting System will take further advantage of the ... Read More »

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The Livingstone-Porcupine Hills plan

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 3rd, 2018

Plan is a move toward treating public lands as assets to be protected Lorne Fitch PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGIST A cynic might observe that we plan more but accomplish less, or, as Woody Allen commented, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Yet, a goal without a plan is just a wish, ... Read More »

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Another Middle East adventure?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 31st, 2018

“We must speak with one voice in exposing the regime for what it is – a threat to the peace and security of the whole world,” said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley last December, trying to drum up support for stronger international sanctions against Iran, and maybe even an actual attack on ... Read More »

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Plogging craze a win-win idea

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 28th, 2018

Trend combines fitness and a cleaner landscape In spite of the forecast for more snow and chilly weather later in the week, we can be assured that spring will come eventually. And once all the snow has gone completely, the usual residue will be visible – items of discarded trash littering the landscape. As the ... Read More »

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