December 18th, 2018

Opinions

Stirring up Alberta separatism

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 11th, 2018

Alberta separatism is on the rise, at least according to UCP Leader Jason Kenney. Although he proclaimed himself a “Canadian nationalist” in an interview with CTV’s “Power Play,” Kenney warned that a growing number of Albertans are having doubts about confederation. In the same interview, the UCP leader suggested he would challenge Canada’s equalization payment ... Read More »

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What lies ahead for Brazil?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 9th, 2018

On Sunday, Sept. 2, Brazil’s top electoral court ruled that “Lula,” former president Luiz In‡cio da Silva, cannot run in the presidential election this October. He served two terms as president (2003-2011), he dutifully waited out the following two terms, and his Workers’ Party (PT) has nominated him for the presidency again. Opinion polls give ... Read More »

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Debt is a problem; is it the solution, too?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 8th, 2018

Ten years after a “global credit crisis,” personal household debt continues to rise even as central banks devise a way to unlock interest rates from a decade’s worth of historic lows. It’s hard to provide a disapproving “tsk, tsk, tsk” however, considering the economy as organized is based on consumption, doesn’t reward frugality, glorifies bigger-than-needed ... Read More »

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Navigating an uncertain future

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 7th, 2018

NAFTA, Trans Mountain pipeline cause for concern I recently read a headline in a major newspaper that asked the question: “Was last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s worst week yet?” Of course, the headline was referring to the fact that, due to the pipeline mess and the current state of NAFTA negotiations, Canada is stuck ... Read More »

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Hwy. 3 twinning a crucial project

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 7th, 2018

Later this year will mark the 10th anniversary of the completion of work to twin the Trans-Canada Highway entirely through Saskatchewan. The event was officially marked in December of that year with a government celebration of the achievement, and you can be sure travellers celebrated, too. Here in southern Alberta, Highway 3 is just as ... Read More »

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The downside of social media

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 6th, 2018

It’s safe to say that our society has become addicted to all things technology – very few of us aren’t guilty to at least some degree of this. Right now, in 2018, it really is the golden age for access to information with the click of a button or just simply by touching the screen ... Read More »

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Vacation over for students and drivers

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 5th, 2018

Another school term has begun, and that means summer vacation is over – for motorists as well as students. Just as it’s time for students to turn their focus back to their studies, it’s also time for drivers to turn their attention back to school zone safety. As insurancehotline.com points out, school zones are busy ... Read More »

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A chance to save the high seas

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 2nd, 2018

Nobody loves the United Nations. It’s a bureaucracy, and its job is to make rules. But where else could you negotiate a treaty on “The Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction” (BBNJ for short)? That is to say, bringing the rule of law to the high seas before ... Read More »

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Opioid crisis needs multi-pronged effort

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 1st, 2018

Keeping Albertans alive is first priority Maria Fitzpatrick LETHBRIDGE EAST MLA In a letter to the editor published by the Lethbridge Herald on Aug. 29, a citizen commented on a statement I made recently when talking about Lethbridge being “overall” in favour or in support of harm reduction. This is not just a sentiment I ... Read More »

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Pipeline facing uncertain future?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on September 1st, 2018

Thursday’s court ruling striking down the approval process for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project has left the federal government – and thus Canadians – holding the keys to a new car that has no wheels. The Federal Court of Appeal ruled, in a unanimous decision by the three-judge panel, that the National Energy Board’s ... Read More »

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Improving the education system

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on August 31st, 2018

Alberta government has made changes to assist students and families Summer is almost over, but no one can say it wasn’t warm enough this year! Lethbridge hit 40 C this August, tying for the hottest temperature on record. It has started to cool down now, but there are still a few weeks of summer left; ... Read More »

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