June 17th, 2019

Opinions

French a powerful vehicle for Cdn. multiculturalism

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 4th, 2019

Sen. Raymonde GagnŽ and Sen. RenŽ Cormier To mark the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act (OLA) and the International Day of La Francophonie, an open caucus was held at the Senate of Canada to reflect on the place of French in Canada. Professors StŽphanie Chouinard, Michael MacMillan and Beno”t Pelletier addressed the following ... Read More »

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Mad dog of the Middle East

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on June 1st, 2019

The “mad dog of the Middle East,” as Ronald Reagan once called Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, is on the brink of achieving his life’s ambition: becoming the dictator of Libya. He’s a rather old mad dog by now (75), but after a two-month siege his troops are starting to break through the defences of the ... Read More »

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Cryptocurrency and economics

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 31st, 2019

Central banks must enter digital-currency race, but it’s a race they’ll eventually lose Fergus Hodgson RESEARCH ASSOCIATE FRONTIER CENTRE FOR PUBLIC POLICY Central bankers increasingly sense their obsolescence – and rightly so. The more people turn to private currencies and conduct transactions without intermediaries, the less bureaucrats control the economy. In February 2019, a 33-page ... Read More »

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Seeking re-election the hard way

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 30th, 2019

Wilson-Raybould, Philpott have their principles but no party support Former Liberal cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott have earned plaudits for putting their principles ahead of their political careers in recent months. In October, the two women will find out if their reputations for integrity will manifest itself in actual support at the ballot ... Read More »

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Higher education’s next challenge

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 29th, 2019

Programs needed for mid-career workers Daniel Komesch DIRECTOR OF POLICY, POLYTECHNICS CANADA With a host of transformational challenges putting pressure on labour markets, a line from Robert Atkinson and Jeffrey Brown’s latest paper struck me: “Nothing about the future of work is inevitable.” Their paper is intended to reaffirm that in the face of structural ... Read More »

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Looking at energy realistically

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 28th, 2019

Cosmos Voutsinos It is amazing how our politicians attempt to solve complex problems without forethought, analysis, technical feasibility, cost/benefit analysis, or even gathering and examining data and results achieved from similar projects elsewhere. All they seem to be interested in is to enable themselves to posture as ethical saviours of the planet. This is likely ... Read More »

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A week of elections

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 25th, 2019

One-third of world’s voters go to the polls They don’t hold world elections, but this is the week when around a third of the planet’s voters get the election results for their country or region. In no case are the results a cause for jubilation. The headline vote, of course, has to be India’s election, ... Read More »

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Privacy in a cashless society?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 24th, 2019

The key is to preserve the distinct attributes of cash Fergus Hodgson RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, FRONTIER CENTRE FOR PUBLIC POLICY Canada leads the world in the transition to digitized commerce. With more than two credit cards per capita, the cashless economy is approaching swiftly. The move has been largely voluntary, driven by convenience, and half of ... Read More »

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Health care and the ‘Golden Years’

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 23rd, 2019

Canadians worry they’ll be saddled with more health costs as they age Many Canadians are worrying that the “Golden Years” might not be so golden for seniors struggling to pay for their health care. The Canadian Medical Association points out that, according to a Conference Board of Canada survey commissioned by the CMA, most citizens ... Read More »

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Adding insult to injury

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 22nd, 2019

Why should Alberta pay a higher carbon tax than Quebec? Jean Michaud and Germain Belzile MONTREAL ECONOMIC INSTITUTE New Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has vowed to repeal the provincial carbon levy implemented by the previous NDP government. That tax began in 2017 at $20 a tonne and rose to $30 a tonne before the NDP ... Read More »

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Working with new government

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 17th, 2019

City hoping to see province continue MSI funding This month’s ‘From City Hall’ column by Mayor Chris Spearman A new provincial government brings with it new opportunities for advocacy and partnership so we can continue to advance our city. There are several priorities we have as a city and are committed to working with our ... Read More »

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