May 24th, 2015

Opinions

Burundi and term limits

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 24th, 2015

Part of the army rebelled in Burundi last week, not to overthrow the constitution but to save it. The revolt failed after two days of shooting in the capital, Bujumbura, and the generals who led it surrendered. “I hope they won’t kill us,” said the coup leader, Major-General Godefroid Niyombare. But like much else in ... Read More »

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Medicine access is lagging

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 23rd, 2015

Canadians can consider themselves fortunate to live in a country where they have access to the latest advances in medicine. Well, perhaps not in all cases. A new report commissioned by Rx&D, an organization representing Canada’s research-based pharmaceutical companies, indicates that Canadians are lagging behind most of the developed countries in terms of access to ... Read More »

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Incredible lightness of being Albertan

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 23rd, 2015

Trevor Harrison UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE It’s hard to describe, but every day since May 5, I’ve awakened with the sense of a large weight lifted. I am not alone. Many of us in Alberta feel lighter since the New Democrat’s electoral victory. The feeling is strange. I like it, but the reality has not sunk ... Read More »

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Time for U.S. to lose its COOL

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 22nd, 2015

Can cooler heads prevail and head off a trade war between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. over discredited American COOL (country of origin labelling) rules for meat? The potential for a bruising, multi-billion-dollar trade battle – which would hurt consumers in all affected countries – has heated up after the World Trade Organization this week ... Read More »

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Another avenue for civic funding

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 21st, 2015

Crowdfunding catching on as way to fund civic projects When times are tough financially, sometimes you just have to think outside the box, as the saying goes. That’s what many community groups, non-profit organizations and even local governments are doing these days to find the money for assorted civic projects. According to a recent Canadian ... Read More »

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Moving toward rule by decree?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 20th, 2015

Tories bypassing fundamental checks and balances The contention that RCMP were acting on the will of Parliament in destroying long-gun registry documents subject to an access to information request is fair comment. But when does the will of Parliament supersede the established laws of Canada? The answer in this case is chilling if parliamentarians go ... Read More »

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Another Bush damaged by Iraq

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 17th, 2015

He just misheard the question. A basically friendly interviewer on Fox News asked Jeb Bush, now seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency: “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion (of Iraq)?” And he replied: “I would have.” When the storm of protest, even from Republicans, swept over him, he ... Read More »

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More anti-terrorism laws

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 17th, 2015

Left-wing, right-wing, it makes no difference. Almost every elected government, confronted with even the slightest “terrorist threat”, responds by attacking the civil liberties of its own citizens. And the citizens often cheer them on. Last week, the French government passed a new bill through the National Assembly that vastly expanded the powers of the country’s ... Read More »

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Remember to think before you post

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 16th, 2015

Social media is a powerful tool. It keeps us connected, keeps us informed and often times, keeps us entertained. As many have learned, however, social media can also get you into trouble – very serious trouble. This week, Hydro One in Ontario announced it had fired an employee following a confrontation he had with a ... Read More »

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Stronger enviro approach needed

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 15th, 2015

Alberta has a reputation as being behind the times on environmental issues. Our oilsands operations have been panned by environmental groups and governments around the globe as the province takes a disproportionate amount of blame. The optics what they are, however, Alberta has to do better. It is simply a part of doing business in ... Read More »

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A warm welcome to our new MLAs

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 15th, 2015

I would like to begin this month’s column by congratulating and welcoming our newly elected MLAs Maria Fitzpatrick and Shannon Phillips, who won the Lethbridge-East and Lethbridge-West ridings, respectively, in the recent provincial election. My fellow city council members and I look forward to working with our new MLAs on issues of importance to Lethbridge. ... Read More »

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