September 22nd, 2017

Opinions

Can Alberta get land use right?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 29th, 2017

Lorne Fitch and Kevin Van Tighem The best of planning anticipates and prepares for future excellence. The worst simply perpetuates past failures. Recreation planning currently underway for the spectacular public lands of Alberta’s Oldman drainage and Porcupine Hills appears aimed at the muddy middle. We can do better. Past government failures have filled our headwaters ... Read More »

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Celebrating Japanese-Canadians

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 28th, 2017

Happy July! I was fortunate to be among those who welcomed Her Imperial Princess Ayako of Takamado of Japan to Lethbridge this month, in honour of Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden’s 50th anniversary. The Princess was lovely and gracious, of course. She wore a traditional kimono decorated with maple leafs in symbolism of our two countries’ ... Read More »

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Stand firm on dispute resolution

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 27th, 2017

Canada must insist on a way to settle disagreements in renegotiated NAFTA When Donald Trump declared during the U.S. election campaign that the North American Free Trade Agreement was “a disaster” and should be torn up, it understandably sparked concern among Canadian exporters and trade officials. Now that the U.S. has put the wheels in ... Read More »

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With right united, what now?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 26th, 2017

New party has much work to do before next election The merger of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties means Alberta’s political right is united once again. What now? The initial hurdle – and certainly it was a big one – has been cleared with the membership of the two parties voting overwhelmingly on Saturday ... Read More »

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No peace yet in Iraq (or Syria)

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 23rd, 2017

The shooting was still going on down by the river last week when Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi dropped by and prematurely declared that the battle for Mosul was over. He was misled by the various Iraqi army, police and militia units who were competing with one another to declare victory first, but now it ... Read More »

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The issue of Daylight Saving Time

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 22nd, 2017

Albertans have until July 28 to offer their views on the subject Thomas Dang NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY MLA Many Albertans have made it clear that they want to get rid of Daylight Saving Time but now the question is which time zone. One of the things I’ve learned since being elected MLA for Edmonton South-West ... Read More »

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Planning for the city’s future

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 21st, 2017

Long-term planning is critical to ensuring our municipal services and infrastructure continue to meet the needs of our community over the next 10, 20 or 30 years. A new Cycling Master Plan was adopted by city council earlier this week. The vision for this master plan is to make cycling a safer and more realistic ... Read More »

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Moon landing still significant

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 20th, 2017

Event still a symbol of what mankind can accomplish Forty-eight years ago today, science fiction became reality: Mankind set foot on another world. Almost a half century later, the first moon landing remains one of the most significant achievements in human history. When astronaut Neil Armstrong climbed out of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module and ... Read More »

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Paving way for cyclists

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 19th, 2017

Why use four wheels when two will do? Making two-wheeled transportation a more attractive option is the aim of the Cycling Master Plan, which was adopted by Lethbridge City Council on Monday. The plan’s stated vision is to “make cycling a realistic transportation option for all ages and abilities, contributing to our sustainable future.” Encouraging ... Read More »

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Slightly ahead of our time?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 19th, 2017

Gary Bikman and Bruce McAllister FORMER WILDROSE MLAS Were we slightly ahead of our time? Or were we the catalyst that brought Alberta the disastrous NDP government and resulted in over 200,000 unemployed Albertans and many more that are underemployed? We may never know. But what we do know is that if we don’t learn ... Read More »

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Still not the smoking gun

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 16th, 2017

Like the diligent journalist I am, I went online within minutes of the news that Donald Trump Jr. had put “incriminating” emails about his meeting with Russian lawyer and lobbyist Natalia Veselnitskaya on Twitter. I opened the Washington Post site and there, nestled between the paragraphs of their lead story on Trump Jr., was an ... Read More »

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