May 21st, 2018

Opinions

The ongoing despair of Palestinians

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 20th, 2018

When all is lost, entire communities sometimes engage in suicidal gestures. It happened as recently as 1906 in Bali, when the local royal family and thousands of their followers, knowing they could not defeat the Dutch conquerors, dressed in their best finery and walked straight into the Dutch gunfire. Thousands were killed. It has been ... Read More »

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It’s when, not if, for pipeline

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 18th, 2018

Pipelines make money. It’s not just the oil and gas producers who make a profit when their products are shipped to market. The pipeline operator earns a healthy return as well. That’s why the suggestion that the provincial or federal government – or both – should put public money into the TransMountain pipeline expansion project ... Read More »

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Local opioid crisis continues to escalate

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 18th, 2018

This month’s ‘From City Hall’ column by Mayor Chris Spearman Like many other cities, we’re dealing with an opioid crisis in Lethbridge that continues to escalate and claim the lives of sons, daughters, siblings, parents and grandparents >in our community. To give you an idea of how the scope of the crisis has grown, I’ll ... Read More »

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A positive step for city council

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 16th, 2018

It’s symbolic – but it’s another step forward. This week, Mayor Chris Spearman opened city council’s regular meeting with a statement recognizing that Lethbridge was built in traditional Blackfoot territory. That formal acknowledgement has become a part of many gatherings in southern Alberta, similar to declarations in other Canadian cities recognizing the First Nations territory ... Read More »

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What do environmentalists have against the world’s poor

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 16th, 2018

Joseph Quesnel Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy The last few years have not been good for pipeline projects in Canada. The Keystone XL pipeline continues to be plagued by delays, TransCanada made big news by axing the Energy East pipeline and Kinder Morgan has cut spending on the critical Trans Mountain expansion project ... Read More »

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No Plan B for Iran situation

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 13th, 2018

The extraordinary thing is that there is no Plan B. If Donald Trump’s re-imposition of American sanctions on Iran does not cause President Hassan Rouhani’s government to buckle at once (which is almost unimaginable), there is nothing else he can do short of going to war with the country. And he couldn’t even win that ... Read More »

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No place for abusive behaviour

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 11th, 2018

Several gov’t bills working their way through legislature While preparing for this month’s column, I received the video clip regarding the incident that occurred in a Denny’s restaurant in our constituency. I decided to take the opportunity to respond to this ugly, abusive and intolerable behaviour. As an MLA and as a member of this ... Read More »

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Sorry, but David Suzuki is right

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 9th, 2018

Kent A. Peacock UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE Many people, from the Dean of Engineering at the University of Alberta to that noted climate scientist Margaret Wente of Toronto’s Globe and Mail, have vented their outrage at the decision of the University of Alberta to award an honorary doctorate of science to David Suzuki. What was Dr. ... Read More »

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Keeping national parks pristine

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 9th, 2018

Overseeing Canada’s national parks presents something of a Catch-22 situation for Parks Canada. On the one hand, the agency wants to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy our country’s natural areas and the pristine beauty they offer. But on the other hand, the greater the human intrusion into these areas, the greater the ... Read More »

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Mideast performance art

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 6th, 2018

On Monday we were treated to two pieces of public performance art, one by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the other by Mahmoud Abbas, the closest thing the Palestinians have to an agreed national leader (which is not very close). Both performances were beyond bizarre, and taken together they demonstrate how politicians whose lives ... Read More »

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Recognizing community builders

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 4th, 2018

Do you know someone who has made a significant difference in our community? I’m excited to announce that nominations for the 2018 Community Builders Awards are now being accepted. This special recognition is open to individuals who serve the betterment of the Lethbridge region, including volunteers, community organizers, farmers, educators, artists, athletes, social workers, coaches, ... Read More »

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