October 16th, 2017

Opinions

The hidden and high cost of ‘free’ health care

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 21st, 2017

Bacchus Barua SENIOR ECONOMIST, THE FRASER INSTITUTE It seems like a simple question: how much do you pay for public health care? And yet it’s one that most Canadians would struggle to answer. Many would say “it’s free.” Others may point to health-care premiums in provinces that charge them. And those more familiar with the ... Read More »

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India’s changing identities

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 20th, 2017

When India got its independence from Britain 70 years ago this past week, it was founded as a secular democracy – secular because it acknowledged the status and rights of Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and other religious minorities as equal to those of the Hindu majority. Mahatma Gandhi, the great hero of the independence movement, was ... Read More »

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New party still has lots left to do

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 19th, 2017

Populists, social conservatives and the UCP Third of four parts Faron Ellis and George Rigaux The most straightforward answer to the question of what comes next for the United Conservative Party is: lots. In very short order the party must conduct a successful leadership contest, establish an organizational structure and adopt a guiding set of ... Read More »

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50-year twin-city relationship

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 18th, 2017

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Lethbridge’s twin-city relationship with Saint-Laurent, Quebec. As you read this month’s column, I am in Saint-Laurent representing Lethbridge as part of the annual cultural exchange between our two cities. Saint-Laurent and Lethbridge officially became twin cities back in 1967 as part of a Canadian centennial project to strengthen ... Read More »

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It’s all about the optics

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 17th, 2017

The controversy swirling around Derek Fildebrandt has finally prompted the United Conservative Party MLA for Brooks-Strathmore to step down from the party caucus. Fildebrandt issued a statement late Tuesday announcing his departure from caucus and noting “This young party cannot afford to be distracted from the formative period that it is in right now as ... Read More »

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Robots in the workforce

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 17th, 2017

Resistance is futile, so we must adapt Daniel Komesch SENIOR POLICY ANALYST, POLYTECHNICS CANADA – OTTAWA Automation has become a scary word. As new technologies proliferate, unease and uncertainty surround the labour market of the future. Will jobs be destroyed? Created? Can a robot really replace what I do? What kind of career should my ... Read More »

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German traveller grateful for local hospitality

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 14th, 2017

Dear Mr. Hancock (Lethbridge Herald publisher): For four weeks I have been back again from my five-week trip through the western part of Canada, which started on May 24 in Lethbridge. I have an old dream fulfilled with this trip. My stepfather was interned for several years in Camp 133 in Lethbridge as a prisoner ... Read More »

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Barring gates no long-term solution for parks

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 14th, 2017

Popularity of Canada’s parks and protected areas is creating problems that will require more than simply banning people to solve Doug Firby Publisher Troy Media -Calgary Canada’s national parks are having a big year. It’s both a blessing and a curse. In July, the parks and historic sites saw nine per cent more visits than ... Read More »

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Kim Jong-Trump

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 13th, 2017

“I’m not saying we wouldn’t get our hair mussed, Mr. President, but I do say not more than 10 or 20 million dead, depending on the breaks.” So said General ‘Buck’ Turgidson, urging the U.S. president to carry out a nuclear first strike, in Stanley Kubrick’s 1963 film “Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to ... Read More »

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Plan needed for parks crowds

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 12th, 2017

Are we surprised? You start with a get-in-free promotion, celebrating Canada’s 150 years as a nation. You add a long weekend – the busiest one of the year – with the hope of escaping a little of the summer’s heat. And then you factor in the news that smoke and fire are chasing people from ... Read More »

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Logical myths of vote-splitting

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 12th, 2017

Two plus two equals threeÉ three-and-a-half if all goes well Second of four parts Faron Ellis and George Rigaux Much was said about vote splitting during the run-up to Wildrose and PC members’ endorsement of the United Conservative Party. Since then, more speculation about how many former PC and Wildrose voters the UCP will attract ... Read More »

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