May 28th, 2016

Opinions

Time to rein in tax code

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 28th, 2016

Is Canada’s labyrinthine tax policy doing what it is intended to do? In its original form, Canada’s tax code was 11 pages long. A century later, it is more than 200 times that length. That the Income Tax Act has become a complex tangle will come as no surprise to the many Canadians for whom ... Read More »

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‘Pop tax’ not the answer

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 28th, 2016

Natalie Riediger ADVISER, EVIDENCENETWORK.CA – Winnipeg A “pop tax” is hardly a simple solution to the rising problem of obesity in Canada, despite the chorus of support. A recent Senate report on obesity in Canada recommends a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages be examined and points to tobacco product taxes as a successful example worth imitating. ... Read More »

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Taking steps to tackle climate issues

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 27th, 2016

Climate Leadership Plan will help ensure cleaner air for Albertans Tuesday was an important milestone for Alberta when we introduced the Climate Leadership Implementation Act to the Legislative Assembly. I wanted to share with you the speech I gave as I introduced Bill 20: Last fall, Premier Notley joined with Albertans from all walks of ... Read More »

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Access for all should be goal

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 27th, 2016

Some of Lethbridge’s political leaders are getting a taste this week of what it’s like to rely on a wheelchair to get around. As part of a Chair-Leaders 2016 awareness event organized by Spinal Cord Injury Alberta, Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder spent her day Wednesday experiencing some of the challenges faced every day by people ... Read More »

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Strengthening accountability

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 26th, 2016

Let’s hope reforms to Access to Information Act address flaws Access delayed is access denied. Consequently, the federal government deserves praise for eliminating costly fees to process access to information requests. But the devil is in the details and questions need answers before the rush to judgment is complete. Ottawa plans reforms to the Access ... Read More »

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Libya and the hesitation two-step

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 22nd, 2016

When “Prime Minister” Fayez al-Sarraj of the “Government of National Accord” GNA) arrived in Libya a month ago, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that it was “not the time for obstructionists to hold back progress.” A noble sentiment, but it does make you want to ask Kerry: When would be the right time ... Read More »

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National housing strategy needed

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 21st, 2016

Providing secure, safe housing also addresses persistent health problems Danyaal Raza and Ritika Goel EVIDENCENETWORK.CA – Toronto As family doctors, we see and know the powerful effect proper housing has on the health of our patients. When you feel unwell, whether from a minor cold or a devastating terminal illness, the feeling of home, the ... Read More »

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Next challenge is to rebuild

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 21st, 2016

Fort McMurray residents were told Wednesday they might be able to return home starting June 1 if conditions are sufficiently safe. They might be able to go home, but they won’t be going back to life as it was before the devastating wildfire destroyed more than 2,400 buildings and forced the more than 80,000 residents ... Read More »

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Curbing distracted driving is a big challenge

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 20th, 2016

The scope of the problem is sadly captured by mounting statistics on death and destruction, with distracted driving now surpassing drunk driving as the No. 1 killer on our roadways. But to understand its nature, to get at why curbing such obviously dangerous behaviour will be such a challenge, it’s most instructive to look inside ... Read More »

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How property taxes are calculated

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 20th, 2016

This month’s ‘From City Hall’ column from Mayor Chris Spearman A topic top-of-mind to Lethbridge residents this time of year is property taxes. If you haven’t seen it yet, your property tax bill should arrive in the mail shortly. May is the month when city council gets lots of questions about how taxes are calculated. ... Read More »

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Historic buildings still play key role

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 18th, 2016

If preserving history is important – and many people believe it is – Lethbridge city council has taken a step toward ensuring a key piece of the city’s history is maintained. By voting in favour of a bylaw on Monday to rezone land in downtown Lethbridge on which the Oliver Building sits, council has assured ... Read More »

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