March 28th, 2017

Opinions

Exploring a Universal Basic Income

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 19th, 2017

There’s a new idea that might be the solution to runaway populism. Well, it’s not that new, really – it has been kicking around in left-wing circles for a least a quarter-century – but it has suddenly gone mainstream. It’s called Universal Basic Income (UBI), and pilot programs to see if it really works in ... Read More »

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Offer input on carbon tax effects

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 18th, 2017

David Schneider MLA, LITTLE BOW On Jan. 1, Alberta’s carbon tax went into effect. This is legislation that the Alberta Wildrose Party – and indeed all opposition parties – opposed when it was being debated in the legislature last spring. However, it was passed with a government majority and has now became law. Right now, ... Read More »

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Mission to Asia making inroads

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 17th, 2017

This month’s ‘From City Hall’ from Mayor Chris Spearman As you read this month’s column, our Lethbridge-and-region delegation is approaching the halfway point of our 14-day Mission to Asia trip. Two dozen representatives from Lethbridge and our surrounding region embarked Feb. 12 on this journey to China and Japan to pursue economic development opportunities, to ... Read More »

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Taking action on poverty

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 15th, 2017

The Liberal government is putting the wheels in motion for the planned development of a national Poverty Reduction Strategy. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, unveiled on Monday two initiatives to support the creation of a strategy, with one of them aimed at giving Canadians from coast to coast a say in ... Read More »

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Door slammed on outdoor pursuits

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 15th, 2017

Off-highway vehicle users helped build trail network Brent Hodgson PRESIDENT, ALBERTA OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE ASSOCIATION Over the past 30 years, responsible user groups, such as the Alberta Off Highway Vehicle Association (AOHVA), invested millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to build trails for motorized recreation in Alberta. We have hauled material, built bridges ... Read More »

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Message to OHV users on public land

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 14th, 2017

Off-highway vehicle community needs to act as stewards of the land Lorne Fitch PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGIST Listening to the voices of off-highway vehicle users reacting to the phase-out of motorized access in the Castle, one might get the impression basic rights and freedoms are being trammelled upon. Amid the rude, aggressive and juvenile commentary coming from ... Read More »

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Saudi Arabia: gambler in charge

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 12th, 2017

By the end of 2015 the BND, the German foreign intelligence service, had grown so concerned that it warned the government about Saudi Arabia’s new Deputy Crown Prince and defence minister, 30-year-old Muhammad bin Salman. “The previous cautious diplomatic stance of older leading members of the royal family,” it wrote, “is being replaced by an ... Read More »

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Justified science or activist agenda?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 11th, 2017

Barry Harper Others have spoken of the Castle South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) land-use process and its shortcomings re: ignored input from traditional users such as hunters, fishers and OHV recreation. These are the users targeted with reduced access under SSRP proposed parks. I will focus on other aspects of the process followed by this ... Read More »

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Liberals’ solution is a fair one

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 10th, 2017

Incentives to keep people working past 65 is better than making everyone wait until age 67 Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has been criticized for backtracking on some of its election promises, but there’s one promise the Liberals are keeping that has important implications for Canadian seniors. Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced Tuesday that the ... Read More »

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Children, Castle Mountain and education

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 10th, 2017

The focus of my column this month is multi-faceted. It has been busy since my last column. This time, I’d like to highlight the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention, Castle Mountain, Education and the diversity of our community. I am honoured to have been asked to participate on the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention. Since ... Read More »

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The broader meaning of refugee

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 7th, 2017

Glenda Tibe Bonifacio Times are not “ordinary” as many will claim. Thousands of people have crossed national borders to claim refuge from war, social strife, persecution, and even from natural calamities. Recent images have inundated popular media including the social media about a particular type of refugee -dark-skinned, dark-haired, veiled, unfashionable clothes, no shoes, dirty, ... Read More »

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