July 31st, 2015

Opinions

Albertans deserve fair utility market

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 31st, 2015

The Alberta Utility Commission’s decision this week regarding TransAlta represents an all-too-rare victory for consumers over big business. The commission on Monday ruled that TransAlta did deliberately time outages at coal-fired power plants in late 2010 and early 2011 at peak times in order to push up electricity prices, as alleged by the province’s utility ... Read More »

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An A.I. arms race looming?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 30th, 2015

It sounds like science fiction but a group of scientists and technology experts are warning that the development of weapons using artificial intelligence could lead to a new arms race. That’s the message contained in an open letter featuring more than 1,000 signatories, including such high-profile experts as British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder ... Read More »

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How profitable are wind turbines?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 30th, 2015

Joshua Au-Yeung and Austin Mardon With so much emphasis on investing into alternative energies, it’s worth taking a look at the financial feasibility of them. Can wind energy compete with oil in terms of profit? How much electricity do wind turbines produce and how much do they cost to produce it? How do wind turbines ... Read More »

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Korean War vets deserve tributes

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 29th, 2015

Canada’s Korean War veterans had to keep fighting for 60 years after the war’s end to receive the full-fledged recognition they deserved. On Monday, Korean War Veterans Day paid tribute to the efforts of the Canadians who fought – and the 516 of them who died – while supporting the fight for freedom on the ... Read More »

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China and the ‘dead cat bounce’

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 26th, 2015

A few weeks ago, at the height of the panic in the Chinese stock markets, a sour joke was doing the rounds: “Last month, the dog was eating what I eat. Last week, I was eating what the dog eats. This week, I think I’ll eat the dog.” A lot of people have lost a ... Read More »

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Hitting city’s waste diversion targets

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 25th, 2015

It is always nice to have a target to strive for. Politicians, in particular, seem to have developed quite the affinity for the procedure, at all levels of government. Most often, these targets make for nice headlines, and hopefully, it gives those in the community the impression some real steps are being taken towards a ... Read More »

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New gov’t making positive change

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 24th, 2015

From health-care funding to looking into democratic reform, NDP gov’t is making headway As you know, Alberta’s NDP government has taken steps to implement our promise of good government that cares about Albertans. We have frozen post-secondary tuition rates, funded health care to ensure quality services and prevent the layoff of thousands of health-care workers, ... Read More »

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Don’t sweat the small stuff

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 24th, 2015

There’s something to be said for self-sufficiency. In fact, the Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP Canada) thinks it could help ease the burden on our health-care system. A recent CHP Canada survey found that 77 per cent of respondents who recently suffered from a cough or cold, headache, allergies or heartburn indicated they would rather ... Read More »

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Coping with summer road construction

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 23rd, 2015

Summer typically means inconveniences on our roadways – that is nothing new. In Canada, we have a finite construction season, as outdoor projects must be completed with a set timeframe. Every summer, crews embark on a series of improvements to intersections, roadways and sidewalks, and Lethbridge is no different. Money is set aside for projects, ... Read More »

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Alberta digging itself into a hole

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 22nd, 2015

Alberta is digging itself deeper and deeper into debt. It was not too long ago when Alberta achieved the unthinkable – debt-free status. The province was the envy of jurisdictions throughout the country as Alberta rode its vast resource revenues to place itself in an unprecedented financial position. That was augmented by an aggressive cost-cutting ... Read More »

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Climate summit ignores real problems

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 22nd, 2015

proponents aren’t taking into consideration the needs of people today Tom Harris INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE SCIENCE COALITION In the “Climate Action Statement,” issued July 9 at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto, representatives of state, provincial and municipal governments pronounced climate change as “one of the greatest challenges facing the world today.” Reiterating their ... Read More »

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