March 28th, 2017

Opinions

Cyprus: Waiting for Edogan

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 15th, 2017

It would be an excellent thing to reunite the island of Cyprus after 42 years of heavily armed partition, but it’s probably not going to happen this year. They’re all meeting in Geneva this week – President Nicos Anastasiades of the Republic of Cyprus and President Mustafa Akinci of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, ... Read More »

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Dangers of the ‘candy diet’

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 14th, 2017

Society will be better served if we regain an appetite for curiosity and inquiry Seth Godin The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s “Advise and Consent.” Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were colouring books. Fifteen years ago, cable channels like TLC (the “L” stood for Learning), ... Read More »

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Addressing the ‘elephant’ in the room

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 13th, 2017

Happy New Year to all my constituents! I’d like to start my first column of 2017 by addressing the “elephant” in the room – the carbon levy. Albertans want a better economic future, where the highs and lows of the petroleum industry are not so severe. The carbon levy is the key tool that will ... Read More »

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New ideas are welcome

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 13th, 2017

A national competition is being launched with the aim of generating new ideas to help Canadians age gracefully. The National Ideathon, sponsored by the Canadian non-profit organizations Age-Well and Hacking Health, will take place in five Canadian cities in 2017 with the goal of identifying and investing in new technologies and services to support healthy ... Read More »

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Medicine a science and an art

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 11th, 2017

Good conversation between doctors, patients has important role to play Lynn Wilson EXPERT ADVISOR, EVIDENCENETWORK.CA – TORONTO Many people see physicians as experts in the science of medicine. In my three decades of practising as a family physician, I’ve learned that being an expert in the art of medicine is equally important. Underlying this art ... Read More »

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Using our voice

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 11th, 2017

One of the key aspects in a democracy is the idea that everyone has a voice – and not just at election time. The provincial government is giving Albertans a say in a couple of important areas – the next provincial budget and a review of electoral boundaries. Rachel Notley’s NDP government is planning a ... Read More »

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Climate plan will produce benefits

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 10th, 2017

Result will be stronger, more diversified Alberta economy Shannon Phillips ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Albertans often ask me how the Climate Leadership Plan will affect them and their families It’s a good question. And with all the fear-mongering out there about the plan, it can be hard to get to the truth. Three benefits stand out: ... Read More »

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The reunification of Syria

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 8th, 2017

So far the end-game in Syria has played out in an entirely predictable way. All of Aleppo is back in the Syrian government’s hands, that decisive victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backers has been followed by a ceasefire, and the Russians are now organizing a peace conference in Astana, Kazakhstan for later ... Read More »

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Reflections on the past year

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 6th, 2017

Three main themes defined 2016 The beginning of a new year is often the perfect time to reflect on the past year. It has been a little over a year since I first took my seat in the House of Commons. Some of the common questions I get when I meet people in the community ... Read More »

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Celebrating our national treasures

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 5th, 2017

Free passes good way to promote Canada’s parks Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year and Parks Canada is giving everyone a birthday present. The agency is offering free admission throughout 2017 to Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. While that sounds like a great way to encourage more people to ... Read More »

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How will carbon tax play out?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 4th, 2017

Alberta’s carbon tax is now a reality, with the levy being implemented as of Jan. 1. The effects of the tax showed up immediately with prices at the pumps taking a sizable jump. The amount of the carbon levy added to gasoline was 4.5 cents per litre, but locally that hike followed a six-cent increase ... Read More »

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