November 27th, 2014

Opinions

More support for pharmacare

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 27th, 2014

A growing number of Canadians are getting behind the idea of a pharmacare plan for Canada. This week, the next generation of physicians brought the message to parliamentarians that a cost-effective universal pharmacare system is worth examining. The Canadian Federation of Medical Students held its annual Lobby Day on Monday, during which it met with ... Read More »

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New game plan needed to eradicate HIV

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 27th, 2014

Laurie Edmiston EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CATIE The world got some inspiring news at last summer’s International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia: UNAIDS said we are positioned to see the end of the HIV epidemic by 2030. To achieve this goal, it proposed that by 2020, 90 per cent of people living with HIV globally should be ... Read More »

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Child poverty effort falls short

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 26th, 2014

It was a noble goal, to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000. Unfortunately, it fell short of the mark. Now, 25 years after Parliament set its sights on improving life for disadvantaged kids in Canada, child poverty is worse than it was in 1989. “It is shameful that a full generation of children has ... Read More »

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Veterans deprived of funds?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 25th, 2014

Angry veterans groups were demanding answers last week after it was revealed that Veterans Affairs had returned upwards of $1.1 billion in unspent funds over a seven-year period to the government treasury. The money was returned to the treasury as is required government departments which don’t spend all of their appropriation with the budget year. ... Read More »

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First Nations water systems improving

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 25th, 2014

co-ordination between rural and first nations communities could speed improvements Nicolas Allarie and Joseph Quesnel FRONTIER CENTRE FOR PUBLIC POLICY Deplorable water and sewage systems on many First Nations reserves are a real concern. This situation is exceptionally tragic when one considers that more than 90 per cent of First Nations communities are located near ... Read More »

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Abe’s gamble: Snap election in Japan

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 23rd, 2014

“I need to hear the voice of the people,” said Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “I will step down if we fail to keep our majority because that would mean our Abenomics is rejected.” And with that feeble excuse he announced that he was calling an election two years earlier than necessary, on 14 December. ... Read More »

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Solution needed for ‘Code Gridlock’

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 22nd, 2014

CMA president urges a national seniors strategy Canadian hospitals are continually having to deal with overcapacity because of older patients with nowhere else to go, the president of the Canadian Medical Association said Tuesday. In a speech to the Canadian Club of Ottawa, Dr. Christopher Simpson, a cardiologist at Kingston General Hospital, said hospitals are ... Read More »

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From City Hall column by Chris Spearman: Building relationship with province

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 21st, 2014

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice’s visit to Lethbridge last week provided a welcome opportunity to begin developing a positive relationship with our new provincial leader and to advocate on behalf of our community on several important issues. Those issues included capital funding programs, the local effects of cuts to provincial programs and the arts, our ongoing ... Read More »

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Shopping locally makes sense

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 21st, 2014

Lethbridge is a city of nearly 100,000 people. Mriad shopping options exist here, yet as a city located both close to the metropolis of Calgary and a hop, skip and a jump from the American border, local shoppers have plenty of other options. Yes, a city with a population of over a million people will ... Read More »

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Nutrition for hungry students

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 20th, 2014

Community’s generosity key to success of Herald’s Food for Thought campaign Every year, the generosity of Lethbridge and surrounding areas is on full display in so many ways. Southern Albertans contribute to so many worthy causes on an annual basis, which benefits our communities in countless ways. Each year when the calendar turns to November, ... Read More »

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