December 17th, 2017


Syria and the fall of Kirkuk

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 22nd, 2017

Two big cities fell within 24 hours of each other last weekend. The fall of Raqqa in Syria, once the capital of all the territory ruled by ISIS, came after a five-month siege and was no surprise at all. The fall of the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk in Iraq took less than a day and ... Read More »

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Ready to guide city for next four years

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 20th, 2017

With the 2017 municipal election now behind us, I want to thank all those who participated in the democratic process, either as candidates or as voters. The democratic process is central to our free society. It provides accountability as well as the opportunity for the whole community to express their views on the performance of ... Read More »

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Playing hardball at NAFTA table

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 18th, 2017

U.S. demands increasingly strict As the Major League Baseball playoffs continue, the United States is playing a little hardball of its own during NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico. An analysis of the U.S.’s ever-increasing demands at the negotiating table raises the question of whether the Americans grasp the concept of compromise. Perhaps the U.S. ... Read More »

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Catalonia: Puigdemont’s strategy

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 15th, 2017

Catalan nationalist leader Carles Puigdemont got most of what he wanted out of the chaotic pseudo-referendum on Oct. 1: 761 people injured by the Spanish police trying to block it. One or two martyrs dead for the cause of Catalan independence would have been even better, and no doubt the 761 injured include a fair ... Read More »

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Working to boost inclusion

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 13th, 2017

Time change issue, condo consultations among legislature business There were so many activities this past month it is impossible to report on all, but as you know, Lethbridge is a busy place these days. Education Minister David Eggen was here this month to meet with groups from the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association and Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship ... Read More »

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Expanding career options for women

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 12th, 2017

There was a time when the general view was that if a woman chose to do work beyond the kitchen, it should involve teaching or nursing or something of the sort. Construction sites and automotive shops were not a place for the “weaker sex.” It’s a different world today, and Wednesday, designated as International Day ... Read More »

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Coping with President Trump

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 8th, 2017

We have to face facts: there is no U.S. federal government any more in the normal sense of the word. Social Security payments still get made and the 2.79 million federal civil servants still get paid, but there is no such thing as U.S. government policy – especially foreign policy. Take the U.S. defence secretary, ... Read More »

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Small businesses under attack

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 6th, 2017

Liberals’ proposed tax changes will hurt local small businesses and family farms From day one, the Liberals have had a vendetta against local small businesses and those employed by them. During the election, Prime Minister Trudeau referred to local businesses as “tax shelters” and labelled risk-takers and job creators as “tax cheats.” But with the ... Read More »

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Teachers perform important work

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 5th, 2017

Ensuring schools are safe and caring is a priority the Canadian Teachers’ Federation is looking to highlight during this year’s World Teachers Day, being recognized today. The federation says the theme was chosen because of growing concern expressed by the CTF’s member organizations about violence in schools. “All teachers and students have the right to ... Read More »

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Germany: The rise of the Right

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 1st, 2017

Angela Merkel’s slogan in her campaign for a fourth term as Chancellor was terminally bland and smug – “For a Germany in which we live well and love living” – but it did the job, sort of. Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is back as the largest party, so Merkel gets to form the next ... Read More »

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Lethbridge has role in Reconciliation

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 29th, 2017

September is always a busy month, and this year was no exception. Kids are back in school, clubs and sports are picking up, and there is a renewed busyness in people’s activities. This is the same year after year. Something new happened this September, though: the first ever Reconciliation Week, and the launch of the ... Read More »

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