July 28th, 2014

Opinions

Protecting the interests of gov’t and not taxpayers

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 26th, 2014

Heather Forsyth Wildrose Health Critic MLA Calgary-Fish Creek The Public Interest Commissioner revealed this past week that a senior Alberta Health Services (AHS) executive failed to disclose a direct conflict of interest in a $75,000 sole-source consulting contract. In particular, this executive was the former partner and shareholder with the corporation that received this contract. ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

5th on 5tha key player

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 26th, 2014

Not everyone graduates with a university degree. Even fewer have the opportunity for a good-paying job out of high school, or to slide into a role with a highly profitable family business. Some young people, for whatever reason, struggle to nail down a rewarding career and a job that pays them well enough to cope ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Flood mitigation practices pay off in south

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 25th, 2014

It’s been a busy month in my job as Minister of Municipal Affairs. Most of the communities that faced the devastating floods of 2013 were spared last month, but areas of the Blood Reserve and the Municipal District of Willow Creek were still hit hard by overland flooding. I know many Lethbridge residents were forced ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Sports officials deserve respect

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 25th, 2014

In any sport or activity, there are rules, and rules need to be enforced. You can’t trust players on the team to enforce rules, as arguments would break out over minor inconsistencies, and it would lead to allegations of bias. Having a coach trying to officiate the rules would lead to a similar situation. So, ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

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 »

Be the first to comment!

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 »

Be the first to comment!

‘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 »

2 responses

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 »

2 responses

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 »

1 response

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 »

Be the first to comment!