January 24th, 2020


What’s the reason for all this pain?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 24th, 2020

Though it’s getting a bit late in the month, I want to wish all residents of Lethbridge a very happy new year! I hope that 2020 has gotten off to a great start, despite the fearsome weather that we’ve encountered this month. As the Legislature has been risen since early December, I’ve taken the opportunity ... Read More »

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Royals welcome, but on our terms

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 23rd, 2020

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (a.k.a. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) are welcome to spend time in Canada while they try to start new lives at a long arm’s length from the Royal Family. But… The “buts” arise for the simple reason that they can’t immediately shed the considerable baggage that comes with being ... Read More »

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Public policy needs an upgrade

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 22nd, 2020

Canada’s public policy process must move into the 21st century Constantine Passaris PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK The first month of a new year was named January after the Roman god Janus, who was always depicted as having two faces: one looking backward and the other looking forward. This suggests the first month is a ... Read More »

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By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 22nd, 2020

Jason Clemens and Tegan Hill The Fraser Institute One of Canada’s great political strengths is that we’re a federalist country, meaning we have constituent provinces with significant powers that are distinguishable from the national government. This separation of powers, at least theoretically, allows the country to split the responsibility for different programs between the levels ... Read More »

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A closer look at CEOs’ pay

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 21st, 2020

Pay increase related to value of their skills Vincent Geloso SENIOR FELLOW, THE FRASER INSTITUTE In debates about inequality, some people – including some economists – claim the salaries and compensation of chief executive officers aren’t linked to performance. Essentially, they don’t really earn their money. This claim, repeated ad nauseam in recent years, is ... Read More »

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Another accidental shoot-down

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 18th, 2020

Incidents happen in countries involved in military confrontations One of the main causes of death for airline passengers in recent decades is being shot down by somebody’s military. Not the very biggest, of course: accidents account for nine-tenths of all deaths in civilian airline crashes, and terrorist attacks and hijackings cause most of the rest. ... Read More »

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Opportunities ahead for city

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 17th, 2020

As we embark on a new year there is always a sense of hope and optimism in the air at this time. The hope of all the good which may come our way and the optimism of new beginnings. With this renewed optimism, I am excited to look ahead at all of the upcoming opportunities ... Read More »

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Challenging energy ignorance

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 16th, 2020

There’s a need for Alberta’s ‘war room’ Brad Hayes CONTRIBUTOR, TROY MEDIA The Canadian Energy Centre – also called the “war room” – is online, publishing featured stories, reports, briefs, analysis, perspective and even an Energy IQ quiz. It’s all aimed at distributing information about energy (primarily oil and gas) in Canada. The topics are ... Read More »

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Airport cost-of-service discrepancy

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 15th, 2020

Brett Babki LETHBRIDGE TRANSPARENCY COUNCIL City council recently authorized a decades-overdue fiscal review and the first-phase report is now publicly available. It includes attempts to make comparisons between Lethbridge and other Canadian municipalities, while noting the difficulty of making meaningful comparisons. Regrettably, the report doesn’t address the airport, the operation of which changed hands from ... Read More »

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Fallout from Turtle Mountain

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 14th, 2020

By David McIntyre Backstory: Canada’s deadliest rockslide (the Frank Slide) broke free from the summit of Turtle Mountain in the early morning darkness of April 29, 1903. It cascaded across the Crowsnest River valley and, within a long minute, buried the valley floor and killed an estimated 100 people. A second rockslide has long been ... Read More »

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Growing debt a danger to Canadian economy

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on January 13th, 2020

Alex Whalen and Jake Fuss THE FRASER INSTITUTE Just before the holidays, the federal government released its fall economic update. It revealed that Canada’s federal debt-to-gross-domestic-product ratio increased in 2019, meaning Canada’s debt has grown faster than the economy. This is particularly important because the government chose the debt-to-GDP ratio to guide federal fiscal policy. ... Read More »

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