December 9th, 2018

Opinions

Crowsnest superhighway a bad idea

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 8th, 2018

David McIntyre The latest edition of ISL Engineering’s Highway 3 planning exercise is on the table. It’s ugly. It showcases what can happen when engineers are given an equation in which speed, alone, defines outcomes. Engineers assigned to create a twinned superhighway have proposed a plan that, if acted upon, would degrade one of Alberta’s ... Read More »

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Kicking Alberta workers while they’re down

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 7th, 2018

At the G20 summit on the weekend the prime minster talked about the so-called “social impacts” that male construction workers have on rural areas. He suggested that hard-working, blue-collared men are dangerous and a threat to the well-being of rural communities. We happen to have a lot of those men in the riding of Lethbridge, ... Read More »

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Bill 22 raises serious concerns

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 6th, 2018

Proposed legislation has worrisome changes hidden among the good AndrĊ½ Schutten ASSOCIATION FOR REFORMED POLITICAL ACTION (ARPA) CANADA This fall, the Alberta NDP introduced Bill 22, An Act for Strong Families Building Stronger Communities. The bill is largely a response to the tragic death of four-year-old Serenity, a First Nations girl who died in kinship ... Read More »

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NFL tackling domestic violence

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 5th, 2018

Sports leagues getting tougher on bad behaviour It’s certainly understandable that the National Football League is better at handling football issues than it is at handling off-field misbehaviour by people within its ranks. But the NFL is improving, perhaps because it is getting so much practice. The latest incident involves star running back Kareem Hunt, ... Read More »

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PM should stand up for GM workers

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 4th, 2018

Is it time for Justin Trudeau to discover his inner Trump? Should the prime minister, in other words, stop being so darn reasonable, so quintessentially Canadian, in the face of General Motors’ decision to turn off the lights at its Oshawa auto plant? Both Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford are acting as if there’s nothing ... Read More »

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Populism: it’s the automation

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 2nd, 2018

Five of the world’s largest democracies now have populist governments, claimed The Guardian last week, and proceeded to name four: the United States, India, Brazil and the Philippines. Which is the fifth? At various points it name-checks Turkey, Italy and the United Kingdom, but it never becomes clear which. (And by the way, India’s prime ... Read More »

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Examining choice in education

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on December 1st, 2018

Are competing school systems good for Alberta education? Brian Callaghan EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARDS’ ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA An “Eye on Education” column, Nov. 14 by Chris Smeaton, superintendent of the Holy Spirit Catholic School Division, argued that it was not a viable option to look at a single public system for K-12 education in ... Read More »

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Religious freedom benefits everyone

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 30th, 2018

Ray Pennings EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT, CARDUS It’s a safe bet that Asia Bibi – a Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan but still facing mob violence – would say religious freedom makes Canada a better country. Indeed, it’s because Canada enjoys religious freedom that this country may even grant her asylum. Chances are ... Read More »

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Taking our oil, gas for granted

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 29th, 2018

Bill Whitelaw PRESIDENT AND CEO, JUNEWARREN-NICKLE’S ENERGY GROUP Maybe the oil and gas sector should take a page from the postal workers’ playbook and implement rotating strikes. Look how fast Ottawa jumped to the pump on the postal file. Screw with timely arrival of Canadian gifts at Christmas? No sir. But Canadians’ gas tanks? A ... Read More »

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What did we get for bailout cash?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 28th, 2018

GM closures will produce many losers, including Canadian taxpayers General Motors found a novel way to celebrate the centennial of its Canadian subsidiary. It was 1918 when U.S.-based General Motors Corp. agreed to buy the McLaughlin Motor Car Co. of Oshawa, Ont., paving the way for the formation of GM Canada. One hundred years later, ... Read More »

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Up to business to invest in future

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on November 27th, 2018

So now it’s up to Canadian business. For months corporations and the organizations that speak for them have been leaning on Ottawa, making the case that Canada had to match the Trump tax cuts or see investment drain away to the south. Finance Minister Bill Morneau came through for them big-time Nov. 21, outlining tax ... Read More »

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