November 19th, 2017

Opinions

Climate creep and American frogs

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 3rd, 2017

At least a decade ago, a retired general at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies said to me that the rich countries will never take climate change seriously until some very big and apparently climate-related disaster happens in a First World country. Hurricane Harvey was not that disaster. At least 20 people have ... Read More »

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Interacting with constituents

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 1st, 2017

It has been a fabulous summer in Lethbridge! Like many of you, July and August afforded me the opportunity to get outside and be out and about in the community at various events and festivities. The chance to interact with individuals and families in the riding is greatly enjoyed and equips me with the understanding ... Read More »

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Protecting our natural treasure

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 30th, 2017

Master plan strategy will help preserve river valley The 2004 film “National Treasure” starring Nicolas Cage depicts a search for a treasure in the United States dating back to the nation’s early days. Lethbridge has a treasure, too – a natural treasure – but it’s much easier to find, and its riches can be shared ... Read More »

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Afghanistan: The endless war

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 27th, 2017

In 2010, Barack Obama’s vice-president, Joe Biden, vowed that the United States would be “totally out” of Afghanistan “come hell or high water, by 2014.” In 2014 Obama said that he would leave about 8,000 U.S. troops there after all, and made an agreement with the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, that extended their stay ... Read More »

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Moving toward the 2019 campaign

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 26th, 2017

What sort of platform will UCP craft heading into next provincial election? Last in a four-part series Faron Ellis and George Rigaux Much of any party’s success, or lack thereof, is determined by factors beyond its control. These include the state of the economy immediately prior to the election, the performance of the government since ... Read More »

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Fighting racism, protecting consumers

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 25th, 2017

When you fly above Alberta in an airplane, our province looks remarkably like a patchwork quilt. The farms, ranches, towns, cities, parks and wildlands are stitched together to make something greater than the sum of their parts. I was thinking about that as I reflected on Heritage Day, Aug. 7 this year. Our province is ... Read More »

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Child well-being more than basics

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 23rd, 2017

Youths rank health, sense of belonging at top of priority list As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, Canadians can bask in the fact they are living in a wonderful country. Can there be any better country in the world in which to grow up? Well, yes, perhaps up to two dozen other countries, ... Read More »

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System a challenge to caregivers

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 22nd, 2017

Navigating health and social system is time-consuming AmŽlie Quesnel-VallŽe and Miles Taylor EVIDENCENETWORK.CA – MONTREAL The Canadian population is aging. For the first time, Canadians 65 years and over outnumber those 14 years and under. To face this major demographic change head on, we need to adapt. In particular, to meet the preferences of the ... Read More »

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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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