July 24th, 2014

Opinions

Asia holds great opportunities for Alberta

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 24th, 2014

Verlyn Olson Minister, Agriculture and Rural Development Government of Alberta There is no shortage of opportunities for Alberta’s agriculture sector on the world stage, especially in Asia. China and Japan are our second and third largest agricultural export markets, worth a combined $2.8 billion annually, and there is plenty of room for growth to meet ... Read More »

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Conservative nomination process a game of musical chairs

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 24th, 2014

Canada’s 2015 federal election is shaping up to be an interesting race. The Harper-versus-Trudeau dynamic is already playing strongly into the discussion, and there is much interest in Thomas Mulcair’s push to build on the momentum Jack Layton created for the NDP. Locally, however, a different story is unfolding. Federal elections in much of Western ... Read More »

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Paying too high a price for green lawns?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 23rd, 2014

Everyone loves a nice, green, lush lawn. There are some who go to great lengths to make this happen. Fertilizers, aeration and of course, liberal amounts of water are often just a few techniques those with a green thumb use to have the best-looking lawn in the neighbourhood. Make no mistake – taking pride in ... Read More »

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‘Cruel and unusual punishment’

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 23rd, 2014

By Ryan Meili The Federal Court of Canada recently ruled that the Conservative government’s 2012 cuts to healthcare for refugees were unconstitutional, going against Section 12 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which forbids “cruel and unusual punishment.” The court ruling is a victory for refugees, for those who work with them, and more ... Read More »

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Been there, done that with AHS

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 22nd, 2014

That we might return to having an Alberta Health Services (AHS) “superboard” has been a big surprise. That this is considered necessary because of the size of the provincial budget gobbled up through AHS, even more so. Every government ministry has a budget and there is a directorate made up of a deputy minister, an ... Read More »

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Flight 17: Who did it? What next?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 20th, 2014

Evidence points to pro-Russian rebels “. . . and once the TAR (Target Acquisition Radar) has lock-on, this light will go green. Then just push this button here, and the rest’s automatic. Good luck! Oh, and make sure nobody’s standing behind the missile when you launch.” Maybe the crew who launched the missile that brought ... Read More »

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Police need support for trauma stress

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 19th, 2014

The recent suicide of a retired RCMP officer who had been one of the first responders to the gruesome beheading of a Greyhound bus passenger in Manitoba in 2008 has put a spotlight on the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder among police officers. The family of Ken Baker, a recently retired 51-year-old RCMP corporal, say ... Read More »

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Cycling event will showcase city

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 18th, 2014

There are not many opportunities for a city to attract a national audience. For Lethbridge, however, that chance will come later this year when the Tour of Alberta makes a stop here in southern Alberta. The official route for a six-lap circuit through the city was officially released last Friday, and it was learned history ... Read More »

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Canada Games bid needs support

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 18th, 2014

Excitement and momentum are rapidly building in Lethbridge for our bid to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games here in southern Alberta. Community support is absolutely essential for our bid to be successful, and we are already halfway to collecting the 4,000 volunteer pledges required to host the Games. All efforts now are building toward ... Read More »

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Canada’s parks deserve protection

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 17th, 2014

Canada’s parks system is the oldest in the world, having existed for more than a century, says the Canadian Parks Council. But an environmental group, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, is concerned that governments are failing to protect these natural areas for Canadians and other visitors to continue enjoying. The majority of parks and ... Read More »

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