March 31st, 2015

Opinions

Wildrose defectors’ gamble backfires

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 31st, 2015

Majority of floor crossers won’t be part of next election It was perhaps one of the biggest miscalculations in the history of modern Alberta politics. As a number of factors conspired to influence the Wildrose leader, Danielle Smith made a decision which rocked provincial politics to its very core. Smith, a staunch opponent of the ... Read More »

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Yemen: Unintended consequences

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 29th, 2015

The Sunni Arab countries that started bombing Yemen on Wednesday night seem to think they are fighting an Iranian-backed plot to expand Shia power and influence in the Arab world. Most other countries find that hard to believe, but even if the Sunni countries are right, wars often have unintended consequences. This military intervention is ... Read More »

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Phone polling no longer the ‘gold standard’

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 28th, 2015

Angus Reid CHAIRMAN, ANGUS REID INSTITUTE I read with great interest the recent Canadian Press story, “A voter’s guide to political polling in this 2015 federal election year,” republished on the Lethbridge Herald website on March 14. I also read it with great concern. While it outlined why some individuals think telephone polling is the ... Read More »

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The ‘end-of-life-care’ talk

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 28th, 2015

These days, the importance of drawing up a living will to provide medical care guidance when a person is incapable of making decisions has been widely touted. People seem to be listening, according to statistics. Results of a study released last year in the United States showed that a record number of older Americans were ... Read More »

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Bills aimed at improving Albertans’ lives

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 27th, 2015

From the Legislature: By Greg Weadick By the time you read this, Budget 2015 will have been introduced in the Alberta Legislature, and with it, significant changes to the way the government will budget in the future. The budget comes after considerable consultation with Albertans over the past few months. More than 40,000 people responded ... Read More »

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Sharing Alberta’s financial pain

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 27th, 2015

Albertans can’t say they weren’t warned. Three weeks after saying in a radio interview that all Albertans share the responsibility for the province’s financial troubles and they must all shoulder the burden to fix it, Premier Jim Prentice delivered a budget that ensures all Albertans will pay to make up for the shortfall. Average Albertans ... Read More »

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Give consumers all the information

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 26th, 2015

GMO foods should be labelled as such A new genetically modified apple that won’t turn brown has gained the green light in Canada. But once the Arctic Apples eventually hit store shelves, don’t expect to see GMO labels on them. That’s because GMO labelling isn’t mandatory in Canada, and the company that produces Arctic Apples, ... Read More »

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Budget will show if gov’t is listening

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 25th, 2015

Albertans offered input in online budget survey Is anyone listening? Albertans will get an answer to that question Thursday, as Premier Jim Prentice and his Progressive Conservative government will release one of the most important budgets in the province’s recent history. Faced with a potentially massive hole in the revenue ledger, thanks to crumbling oil ... Read More »

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Using social media for a good cause

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 24th, 2015

The modern convenience known as social media is an amazing piece of technology. That’s not to say there aren’t negative aspects to it. For one thing, far too many people use it to put down other people or spread hateful messages, cyberbullying being one common example. It can also be a huge time waster – ... Read More »

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Bibi’s victory comes at a price

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 22nd, 2015

Midway through the election campaign Israel’s leading satirical TV show, “Eretz Nehederet,” came up with a new take on the man who has dominated the country’s politics for the past twenty years. Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, it suggested, was cursed as a child to be Israel’s prime minister for eternity. His only chance to break the ... Read More »

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Fashion police going too far?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on March 21st, 2015

A member of Parliament in France has good intentions, but is he going about it the right way? Olivier Veran, who is also a doctor, wants to make it illegal in France to use anorexic models in runway shows and advertising. If Veran succeeds in having it added to upcoming health legislation, modelling agencies would ... Read More »

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