July 16th, 2018

Opinions

Brexit: No turning point yet

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 15th, 2018

Even with Donald Trump scheduled for a brief visit to the United Kingdom this week amid massive protests, it’s still “all Brexit, all of the time” in the sceptred isle – and the long struggle over the nature of the deal that will define Britain’s relationship with the European Union post-exit allegedly reached a turning ... Read More »

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Busy with committee work, local events

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 13th, 2018

Since the session ended I have been back and forth to Edmonton to attend committee meetings, and though the Assembly is not sitting, the committee work continues. The first meeting was an issue addressed with the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, and the other committee was the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future. The ... Read More »

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Trucker training a wise addition

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 13th, 2018

Alberta’s plan to tighten trucking industry regulations and to require mandatory driver training for new commercial truckers as well as bus and school bus drivers should help make roadways a little safer. The proposed changes, which Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason acknowledged were spurred by the deadly crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team, should ... Read More »

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Loss of Greyhound will leave a void

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 11th, 2018

A longtime pillar of Canada’s transportation industry will soon disappear from Western Canada and northern Ontario. Greyhound Canada announced Monday that, as of Oct. 31, the company will end bus service in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as northern Ontario and most of British Columbia, where the lone remaining route, between Vancouver and Seattle, ... Read More »

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Discord over NATO spending

By Lethbridge Herald on July 10th, 2018

With an important meeting of NATO leaders just days away, the 69-year-old alliance is fraying at the edges. Beyond coping with international terrorism, Chinese expansionism and Russia’s global adventures, the alliance faces a significant threat from within. A dispute over spending among the 29 NATO states will likely dominate summit talks this coming week in ... Read More »

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America’s trade war with China

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on July 8th, 2018

The United States could probably extract major concessions from China in a carefully managed confrontation on trading issues, because the Chinese don’t want a trade war with their best export customer. But the U.S. can’t win the trade war that Donald Trump is planning to wage, and it kicked off on Friday. That’s when the ... Read More »

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Gov’t shouldn’t crack down on law-abiding firearms owners

By Lethbridge Herald on July 6th, 2018

Liberals’ new firearms legislation targets the wrong people Rachael Harder Canadians have until July 26 to sign the House of Commons e-petition opposing the Liberal government’s new firearms legislation. As the sponsor of this petition, it has been my pleasure to provide an official way for Canadians to register their opposition to this reckless legislation. ... Read More »

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Can we trust what we see?

By Lethbridge Herald on July 5th, 2018

In an era in which we’re warned to beware “fake news,” it seems technology has reached a point where we can no longer even trust our eyes. High-tech deception has reached new levels with the development of what’s called “deepfake” videos. According to an Associated Press story in Tuesday’s Herald, this new technology uses facial ... Read More »

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Legal marijuana reality still hazy

By Lethbridge Herald on July 4th, 2018

Many unknowns remain ahead of Cannabis Act rollout in October It was originally slated to come into force on Canada Day, but after much wrangling, Oct. 17, 2018, will go down in history as the day the recreational weed prohibition died in this country. With the passage of Bill C-45, it will be legal to ... Read More »

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Standing united in trade war

By Lethbridge Herald on July 3rd, 2018

There’s nothing like a mountain of adversity to get people pulling together. That’s a key learning we should take from last week’s meetings between federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and his provincial counterparts and from hearings held by the special House of Commons committee on international trade. At the hearings, a parade of expert witnesses ... Read More »

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Muddy off-highway vehicle conspiracies

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 29th, 2018

Lorne Fitch Aldo Leopold, the dean of ecological thinking, observed that when his bird dog Gus could find no pheasants to point, would point other birds, like meadowlarks, with a whipped up zeal for unsatisfactory substitutes. Some vocal members of the Alberta Off Highway Vehicle Association (AOHVA) are acting like Gus. When they can’t mount ... Read More »

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