September 22nd, 2014

Opinions

Scotland stays; what happens now?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 21st, 2014

A week ago, the Kurdistan Times warned that “the British are exercising the old colonialist tongue to control the minds and dampen the aspirations of Scottish people who want to vote Yes (to independence).” And lo! It came to pass just as the Kurdistan Times predicted. The silver-tongued colonialists lured the Scots into voting No, ... Read More »

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Climate change needs action now

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 20th, 2014

canada and the world can no longer delay charting a new course Catherine Potvin LEAD AUTHOR ON BEHALF OF SUSTAINABLE CANADA DIALOGUES On Sunday, more than a thousand events are planned around the world to demand stronger action on climate change, echoing New York’s People Climate March. As Canadian researchers who study climate change and ... Read More »

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Feds to share surplus money?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 20th, 2014

It is a time-honoured tradition in Canada. Ahead of an election, be it federal, provincial or municipal, those in power tend to have a habit of turning on the financial taps and spread some money around. The federal government may be in that position this fall, as a surplus will mean groups across the country ... Read More »

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Not perfect but still the best

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 19th, 2014

Tom‡? Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia, once noted, “Democracy has its faults, because people have their faults. Like owner, like store.” Despite its imperfections, though, democracy is still the preferred system of government, as most Canadians would surely agree. You might not have heard, but this is the fourth annual Canada’s Democracy Week, ... Read More »

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Ready to work with new cabinet

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 19th, 2014

This month, my column will discuss four topics: the recent provincial cabinet appointments, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association annual general meeting, the city’s operating budget process, and the Henderson Outdoor Pool project. One of the many important aspects of serving in local government is fostering positive, collaborative relationships with our provincial and federal governments. The ... Read More »

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South left without a cabinet voice

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 18th, 2014

Southern Alberta is in a unique position politically. In Lethbridge, we have a pair of Progressive Conservative MLAs in Lethbridge West’s Greg Weadick and Lethbridge East’s Bridget Pastoor. Surrounding them on all sides are Wildrose MLAs, to the west in Pat Stier (Livingstone-Macleod), south in Gary Bikman (Cardston-Taber-Warner), to the north in Ian Donovan (Little ... Read More »

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Restricting message doesn’t serve public

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 17th, 2014

Carefully crafted statements are what we have come to expect from many levels of government. It is akin to a corporate communications department at a large multinational company, with a team of wordsmiths dedicated to toeing the company line and portraying their employer in the best possible light. It can border on the absurd, however, ... Read More »

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Time to adopt police cameras?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 16th, 2014

Calls for police to wear small portable body cameras have ramped up in the U.S. following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Mike Brown by a Ferguson, Mo,, police officer in August. The death coincided with the asphyxiation death of Eric Garner after being put in a chokehold by a New York police officer which ... Read More »

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Fallout of a ‘Yes’ vote in Scotland

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 14th, 2014

If Scots vote for independence on Sept. 18, here’s what would happen If the Scots vote “yes” to independence on Sept. 18, as one opinion poll now suggests they will, three things are likely to happen in the following week. First, David Cameron may cease to be the leader of the Conservative Party and the ... Read More »

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The job of saving our communities

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 13th, 2014

Firefighters take risks for our benefit Statistically, there are more dangerous occupations than being a firefighter. According to the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, transportation workers and construction workers are at greater risk than firefighters. But the role of a firefighter or other emergency responder is different. These people are working to save others, ... Read More »

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