May 26th, 2017

Opinions

Time to get serious about protecting headwaters

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 11th, 2017

Jordan Pinkster TROUT UNLIMITED CANADA – CALGARY On Jan. 20, the Government of Alberta announced boundaries for two new parks in the Castle area. Most Albertans would assume this is good news, yet you wouldn’t know it from the way off-highway vehicle (OHV) users reacted. They are upset the Castle Parks draft management plan proposes ... Read More »

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Tackling agriculture, forestry portfolio

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 11th, 2017

Dave Schneider LITTLE BOW MLA At the end of the fall session of the Legislature, I was appointed to the Shadow Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. It is a large portfolio, and I am currently in the process of becoming familiar with the file. I am aware that there are challenges and innovations that are ... Read More »

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What’s coming in the spring session

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 10th, 2017

The focus of my column this month is “back in session.” I will speak about the Throne Speech and an overview of the first week back in the chamber. I was very pleased to have several guests from Lethbridge in the gallery for the Speech from the Throne, our mayor, Chris Spearman; Mr. John Jacobson, ... Read More »

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Wasting methane can break carbon budget

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 9th, 2017

Phasing out methane can have environmental and economic benefits Amin Asadollahi NORTH AMERICAN CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION LEAD, INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT To counter scientific evidence with political rhetoric, driven by feelings and unfounded opinions, not only turns logic on its head, but is also a dangerous pursuit. One can call this “alternative facts” but ... Read More »

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Appeal system needs fixing

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 9th, 2017

The federal government agency set up in 2013 to streamline the appeals process regarding benefits payments continues to get complaints about long delays and red tape – much like the system it replaced. The Liberal government is reviewing the design and operation of the social security tribunal and the review is expected to be completed ... Read More »

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Getting in step with the times

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 8th, 2017

Sexist dress codes have no place in modern society As International Women’s Day is celebrated today, great strides have been made toward creating more equality of the sexes, but there remains work to be done. For example, research shows women are still generally paid less than their male counterparts in many jobs. But there’s another ... Read More »

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New planets and the ‘Goldilocks zone’

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 5th, 2017

Discovery makes it likely life is common throughout universe Only 39 light-years away, astronomers have found seven planets circling a very small “red dwarf” star called Trappist-1. All seven are in or near what we call the “Goldilocks zone”: not too hot, not too cold, but just right for water to remain liquid on the ... Read More »

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Standing on shoulders of giants

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 3rd, 2017

Youth and young people are one of my main motivations for serving as the Member of Parliament for Lethbridge. I believe in the rising generation. Canada’s young men and women will become the future doers, the future advocates, and the future leaders within our community. That said, I believe the time to invest in our ... Read More »

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Get a plan before spending the money

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 2nd, 2017

Ottawa needs to ensure a good return on investment It’s always good to have a plan – especially when you’re preparing to spend $186 billion. That’s the amount of money the federal government is about to start doling out toward infrastructure projects over the next decade. But a new report from the Senate finance committee ... Read More »

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Another divisive leadership race?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 1st, 2017

Conservative race could use some decorum, unity The race for the federal Conservative party leadership is looking more and more like the earlier race for the Republican presidential nomination which occurred south of the border. That U.S. race also featured a lengthy list of candidates and was marked by personal potshots throughout the campaign. Even ... Read More »

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Action on wait times is needed

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 1st, 2017

Dr. David Swann MLA CALGARY – MOUNTAIN VIEW, ALBERTA LIBERAL LEADER Latest media reports of recent health studies have drawn attention, once again, to the unsatisfactory wait times for access to health care in Alberta and the rest of Canada. A 2016 survey published in the November issue of the Health Affairs journal shows that ... Read More »

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