August 28th, 2016

Opinions

Duterte and the United Nations

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 28th, 2016

Philippines’ new prime minister unlikely to follow through on his threat Rodrigo Duterte, the new president of the Philippines, gives good copy. Here’s a quote from his final election rally: “Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug ... Read More »

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Make mining firms more accountable

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 27th, 2016

Canada likes to think of itself as a principled middle power, projecting a moral voice in the world. But in the rugged fields of international mining, oil and gas, it is a muscular giant whose power is not always wielded in an ethical way. That’s why Father Melo, a Honduran Jesuit priest who is under ... Read More »

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Respect for the public purse

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 26th, 2016

The governments may change, but some of the actions don’t. Two Liberal cabinet ministers have been under fire recently over expenditures which critics viewed as a waste of taxpayers’ money. Last week, after it was revealed that Health Minister Jane Philpott submitted bills of $1,700 and more than $1,900 for high-end car service on separate ... Read More »

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Funding a quality education

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 26th, 2016

In what felt like the blink of an eye, summer is almost over. I hope you were able to make the most of the season; Lethbridge and area certainly provides plenty of opportunity for summer fun. Whether you swam at the newly reopened Henderson Lake Outdoor Pool, learned about our environment at the Helen Schuler ... Read More »

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Wading through the rhetoric

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 25th, 2016

Climate-change town halls sounding the false alarm Tom Harris and Tim Ball The best answer to many of the claims being made in climate-change town halls across Canada this summer is simply: of course! “Climate change is real,” they say. Of course! Gravity and sunrise are also real. But that doesn’t mean we cause them ... Read More »

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Canada shone in Rio

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 25th, 2016

What an Olympic Games that was. From the thrill of the opening ceremonies, through all the exemplary performances of our athletes, to the invitation extended by Canada House in Rio for athletes, family and friends to watch the historic Tragically Hip concert on Saturday night, it was a time for Canadians to celebrate our best ... Read More »

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Palliative care access important

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 24th, 2016

Canadian doctors who deal with end-of-life care are calling on the country to step up its game in the area of palliative care. In an article in Monday’s Canadian Medical Association Journal, the group of specialists say there’s a need to improve Canadians’ access to palliative care, particularly for those other than cancer patients. They ... Read More »

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Safety, security delicate balance

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 23rd, 2016

Handing over the electronic password to your computer or cellphone to police could give them more access to your personal information than turning over the key to your house. That’s why Canadians must carefully guard their privacy rights when considering any proposal to make it easier for law enforcement officials to rummage through their digital ... Read More »

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Is 2016 the new 1936?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 21st, 2016

Economic hardship is creating political extremes “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Karl Marx, 1852 We would all prefer a farce to a tragedy, so let us hope that Marx was right. ... Read More »

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Removing trade barriers overdue

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 20th, 2016

Provincial governments have long ignored the constitution Canadian governments love to extol the benefits of free trade agreements and how important they are to a major trading nation like ours. It’s too bad they don’t practise what they preach. Canada has embraced three major international trade deals in recent years, beginning with the North American ... Read More »

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Hot vehicles can be deadly

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 19th, 2016

It was the kind of news that catches you by surprise, by virtue of its senseless horror and tragedy. Fifteen-month-old twin girls – Ariel and Alaynah- died after being left in a hot car, with temperatures in the 90s in a west Georgia town. Their father has been charged with manslaughter in the deaths of ... Read More »

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