February 9th, 2016

Opinions

EU’s open borders could close

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 7th, 2016

“Europe has forgotten that history is fundamentally tragic,” said Manuel Valls, the French prime minister. “If Europe can’t protect its own borders, it’s the very idea of Europe that could be thrown into doubt. It could disappear – not Europe itself, not our values, but the European project, the concept we have of Europe, that ... Read More »

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Family time has benefits

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 5th, 2016

The annual Family Day holiday is coming up Feb. 15. It’s a day intended to provide time for family togetherness. However, since not everyone has the day off, there are some people who won’t have the opportunity for this extra family time. Still, the idea is a good one. But a single day isn’t really ... Read More »

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Public input sought on assisted dying

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 5th, 2016

The month of January provided many opportunities for me to get out into the community. You may have seen me at the State of the City Address with Mayor Chris Spearman, the University of Lethbridge Farewell Dinner for Gordon E. Jong, the CHBA Building the Best Awards, having coffee with farmers in Picture Butte, or ... Read More »

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More value from our resources

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 3rd, 2016

Encouraging more value-added processing was one of the election campaign nuggets put forth by Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley. On Monday, Notley’s NDP government followed through by unveiling the Petrochemicals Diversification Program. The government hopes to create thousands of jobs and attract billions of dollars in investment by providing $500 million in royalty credits to ... Read More »

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Clear the air on China’s spy claim

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on February 2nd, 2016

Senior officials should speak out on situation China’s claim that a couple of expatriate Canadians running a coffee shop in the city of Dandong were actually spying on Chinese “military targets” was always far-fetched on the face of it. The case should have been dropped months ago, but now Chinese authorities have escalated it by ... Read More »

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Trump vs. Sanders Ð vs. Bloomberg?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 31st, 2016

The outcome of the U.S. presidential primaries was supposed to be Hillary Clinton, the wife of an ex-president, vs. Jeb Bush, the son and brother of other ex-presidents: both worthy but somewhat boring candidates, and both definitely members of the “establishment.” Less than a week before the first primary, the Iowa caucuses, Bush is dead ... Read More »

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Pipeline good for Canada

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 30th, 2016

Project would create much-needed jobs for Canadians Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre and colleagues from some 82 municipalities have done Canada a disservice by uniting in opposition to the TransCanada Energy East pipeline. Notwithstanding the prime minister’s comments in Davos, Canada is a country that still depends on our resources as well as on our resourcefulness ... Read More »

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Bad timing

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 29th, 2016

Talk about bad timing. The same day the mayors of Alberta’s biggest cities spoke in support of the proposed Energy East oil pipeline and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Montreal’s mayor over concerns regarding the pipeline, a new report was released that didn’t do the project any favours. Federal Environment Minister Julie Gelfand tabled ... Read More »

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Working to aid Alberta’s economy

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 29th, 2016

Happy January. Now that the hubbub of the holidays are over, Albertans are getting back to normal and for most of us that means getting back to work. We aren’t afraid of a little hard work, and many of us were more than happy to get back to the day-to-day business of our jobs. Let’s ... Read More »

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A missed chance to get in step

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 27th, 2016

Lethbridge city council had an opportunity to guide the city into the passing lane on Monday. Instead, it chose to stay in the slow lane. By voting down Coun. Bridget Mearns’ resolution to implement a curbside recycling pilot program, city council missed a chance to bring the city in step with a number of progressive ... Read More »

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Five years after the Arab Spring

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 24th, 2016

Five years ago this month, the “Arab Spring” got underway with the non-violent overthrow of Tunisia’s long-ruling dictator, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. He dared not order the army to open fire on the demonstrators (because it might not obey), he was running out of money, and eventually he flew off off to Saudi Arabia to ... Read More »

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