March 28th, 2017


Tradition of giving

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 7th, 2017

It’s a time-honoured value: Neighbours helping neighbours. Accounts of life on the Prairies are full of stories about settlers helping a new neighbour to raise a barn roof or harvest a crop. It’s no accident that the co-op movement flourished across Western Canada. But Canadians in cities and towns have found ways to help their ... Read More »

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What happened to the ‘just society’?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 28th, 2017

Al Barnhill During the 1968 Liberal Leadership contest, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, used the term “just society” to depict his vision of Canada. Questions: Does Canada have a “just society” when the two richest Canadians have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of its citizens combined? Does Canada have a “just ... Read More »

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2017 promises to be an exciting year

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 27th, 2017

A new year provides us an opportunity to reflect on the past year and prepare for the year ahead. I wish you all a Happy New Year and will use this month’s column to let you know about some of the exciting things to look forward to in the upcoming months. We wrapped up 2016 ... Read More »

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No easy answers to VLT question

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 27th, 2017

Years ago, many Albertans joined the debate. The provincialgovernment began permitting video lottery terminals to be installed in bars and lounges. But communities had the opportunity to vote No. In Lethbridge, after vigorous debate, residents voted narrowly in favour. In nearby Coaldale, the vote went the other way. In effect, that meant Coaldale residents would ... Read More »

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Pipeline decision to spark debate

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 26th, 2017

The gloves are off. This week, after years of chatter about more export pipelines – pro and con – the real debate has begun. As expected, U.S. President Donald Trump has given his approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. Its purpose is to carry diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands into the U.S. midwest, where ... Read More »

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Don’t write off Kevin O’Leary

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 25th, 2017

It could never happen – no way. A rich, boastful, trash-talking, businessman-turned-reality-TV-star without a shred of political experience could never be elected to lead a major party in a mature democracy. And even if that happened, he would never, ever be elected to lead that country – voters would simply know better. The smart money ... Read More »

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Add your input into city spending plans

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 24th, 2017

It’s one of the joys of January. In the warmth of your living room, you can make plans for projects, travel and special events over the year ahead. When should you schedule your holidays? Is this the year to build a new deck? Or to take that dreamed-of vacation in Asia? But more down-to-earth, what ... Read More »

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Davos: The rich are worried

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 22nd, 2017

“I can’t wait to see how the incoming administration deals with AI (artificial intelligence),” said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a less-than-gracious reference to the fact that the Trump team hasn’t got a clue about the real driving force in the changing world economy. What was striking was that Kerry didn’t have to ... Read More »

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2016 was eventful year for Lethbridge

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 20th, 2017

I’m excited to share the success of the past year and provide insight into where our community is heading in the year to come and beyond. Reflecting on 2016, it’s truly impressive how much our city has accomplished. We’ve seen major community projects and events that created pride and excitement. From the first days of ... Read More »

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Alberta advantage is gone

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 19th, 2017

Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen THE FRASER INSTITUTE – VANCOUVER The Fraser Institute recently released a study documenting the erosion of Alberta’s once substantial tax advantage. Specifically, it showed that, until recently, Alberta benefitted from uniquely competitive and pro growth personal and corporate income tax systems, but these key advantages have been wiped away by ... Read More »

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How to deal with drunk driving?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 18th, 2017

An Ontario man was recently sentenced to six years behind bars for a drunk-driving incident in which a city worker from Alliston, Ont. was killed. The sentence has renewed debate about the value of tougher sentences in deterring drunk drivers. This latest punishment, given to 34-year-old Marcello Fracassi, continues a recent trend toward tougher sentences ... Read More »

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