March 6th, 2015

Opinions

Playing the blame game

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 6th, 2015

Albertans should be ashamed of themselves. Collectively, we have allowed our province to plunge into the depths of economic crisis. As we stare down the barrel of a multi-billion-dollar hole in Alberta’s budget, our top politician has made it clear where the blame lies – seemingly anywhere but the Progressive Conservative government. For years, greedy ... Read More »

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Protecting Canadians from terrorism

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 6th, 2015

In late January Prime Minister Harper announced legislation intended to protect Canadians from the evolving threat of terrorism. Canada clearly is not immune to the escalating risk of extremists’ attacks. This concept was made very real just days ago when the al-Qaida-linked >terrorist group al-Shabaab called >on followers to attack shopping malls across North America ... Read More »

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Manage finances wisely, grasshopper

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 5th, 2015

Canadians continue to accumulate household debt at record pace Financial experts have sounded the alarm in the past few years about the dangers of Canadians’ increasing consumer debt load. And Canadians have responded – by piling up even more debt. Figures released this week by credit monitoring agency Equifax show that Canadian consumer debt, including ... Read More »

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Not as healthy as we think we are?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 4th, 2015

There is an anonymous adage which states, “In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired. But what if we don’t feel sick and tired? What if we’re feeling pretty darn good? That’s a good thing, right? The author of a recent report for the Conference Board of Canada ... Read More »

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Wise advice: Don’t be a hero

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 3rd, 2015

Police suggestion to comply with robber’s demands is best way to handle situation A string of four armed robberies in a week’s time is highly unusual in Lethbridge, and that’s good news. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incidents, and that’s good news, too. In two of the instances, the clerks refused to provide ... Read More »

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A win for EU, a loss for Greece

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 1st, 2015

The first round of the battle for the euro is over, and Germany has won. The whole European Union won, really, but the Germans set the strategy. Technically, everybody just kicked the can down the road four months by extending the existing bail-out arrangements for Greece, but what was really revealed in the past week ... Read More »

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Reaching out is the best defence

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 28th, 2015

It was undoubtedly unsettling for Albertans to hear that a landmark like the West Edmonton Mall was listed as a target by the militant Muslim Somali group al-Shabaab. We’re more likely to set foot there than the hallowed democratic grounds of parliament that was attacked this Fall. While unsettling, the threat should be taken with ... Read More »

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pplauding Pastoor’s work for city

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 27th, 2015

Reading Bridget Pastoor’s Herald column earlier this month about her impending retirement brought back a lot of memories for me. I will very much miss working with her, and not just as a fellow member of the Progressive Conservative caucus. Bridget and I have been friends for many years, and we really got to know ... Read More »

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Canada-U.S. ties will survive pipeline tension

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 27th, 2015

Prime Minister Harper had warned back in 2013 that Canada wouldn’t take no for an answer on the Keystone XL pipeline project. So even though U.S. President Obama said no by vetoing the pipeline bill earlier this week, Canada, as well as the pipeline’s American supporters, say the project isn’t dead. The issue has, however, ... Read More »

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Halting bullying takes team effort

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 26th, 2015

“I Stand Against” was one of the key messages coming out of Wednesday’s Pink Shirt Day, an annual day in which people are encouraged to show solidarity in preventing bullying in our schools and communities. The Galt Museum hosted the 2015 “I Stand Against” Youth Services Fair, which was designed to be an opportunity for ... Read More »

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