June 13th, 2021


Diversity preferable to a media monopoly

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on May 12th, 2021

Suggestions that the federal government’s controversial Bill C-10 might allow the Canadian Radio-television and telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to impose “discoverability” regulations on individuals who cultivate a large online following has touched off a campaign of protest against the legislation. Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has now clarified his statement, indicating the CRTC will not be involved ... Read More »

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Costly government child care isn’t a winning solution

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on May 8th, 2021

There’s a big difference between making something affordable and playing a shell game with the costs. Unfortunately, the feds are choosing the latter with their new child-care program. The federal 2021 budget allocated $30 billion over the next five years towards a national child care program in an attempt to bring costs down for parents. ... Read More »

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Hard questions need to be asked about how the pandemic was handled

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on May 8th, 2021

With infection rates rising steadily and COVID-19’s third wave of variants now penetrating into all corners of the province, it is all too easy to focus on the immediate and familiar – the situation in your community, municipality or province – rather than the bigger, global picture. Early on during the pandemic in 2020 we ... Read More »

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We stand for freedom

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on May 7th, 2021

In a democracy, it is the government’s job to defend people’s right to speak freely. Yet, the federal Liberal government is doing the exact opposite. Bill C-10-An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts – was first introduced in the House of Commons on November 3, ... Read More »

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Eastern Slopes mining opponents need to be heard by the provincial government

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on May 6th, 2021

Our Alberta Rockies, the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, our trees and trails, the animals and birds roaming its forests, the fish in its streams and rivers, the Red Deer, the Bow, the Old Man, the North and the South Saskatchewan: These were protected by policy set out in 1976 by then-premier Peter Lougheed. ... Read More »

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A day of reckoning may be near

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on May 5th, 2021

With COVID-19 infection rates reaching new and unprecedented heights with almost every passing week in Alberta, a day of reckoning with the pandemic may indeed be close at hand for many Albertans. As we progress through COVID’s “third wave” in the province, it is readily becoming apparent that this wave may very well be the ... Read More »

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Real media are held accountable for the words we write

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on April 29th, 2021

I’m often asked about the health of the Lethbridge Herald and newspapers in general. Most of the time it leads to a conversation about journalism in general. The honest answer is nothing is what it was, the current COVID crisis has accelerated the changes in all forms of media including social media. I’m more concerned ... Read More »

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Canadians have been given an election reprieve

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on April 29th, 2021

With Justin Trudeau’s Liberal minority government managing to rise above the criticism and secure the confidence of the House in key votes regarding the federal budget, Canadians have been given an election reprieve, at least in the short term. And while many voters – certainly in Western Canada – might desperately desire a return to ... Read More »

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O’Toole has a tough job ahead selling the Conservative climate plan

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on April 24th, 2021

The federal Conservatives have expended copious breath of late in attempting to convince Canadians that their new “not-a-carbon-tax” climate plan is the solution all conservative voters should opt for in the next election. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole even takes it one step further: Canadians from across the political spectrum should be attracted to the CPC’s ... Read More »

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NDP working to make life better

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on April 23rd, 2021

This month, I was hoping that I could be writing this column amid a string of positive news for our community and province, with the pandemic subsiding and life beginning to return to normal. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the midst of a worsening third wave of the virus. All of this underscores that while ... Read More »

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Business executives think Albertans aren’t paying enough taxes

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on February 25th, 2021

It’s all laid out in a report released by the Business Council of Alberta that thinks the government should consider a provincial sales tax and carbon tax. The BCA’s website refers to itself as “a group of over 90 chief executives from across Alberta.” The group includes Tracy Robinson of TC Energy, Tim McKay of ... Read More »

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