April 11th, 2021

Opinions

Celebrating the difference makers

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on December 24th, 2020

As I sit down to write this column, the thought that keeps running through my head is “well, we finally made it.” There can be absolutely no doubt that 2020 has been an incredibly challenging year for our community and for our province. You’ve heard from me in this space before about the challenges facing ... Read More »

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Alberta’s Crown land vision

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on December 23rd, 2020

For those who call Alberta home, we are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It doesn’t matter where you hang your hat in this great province. Whether you live in the south along the wide open prairies, the north under the huge boreal forest or near the iconic ... Read More »

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‘Arab Winter’ and democracy

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on December 19th, 2020

Ten years ago this week Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor in Tunisia, set himself alight in front of a government building in rage at the corrupt dictatorship that had ruined his young life. His sacrifice wakened hope in millions of others – but then half a million of them also died, although not at their ... Read More »

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2020 was a year of challenges

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on December 18th, 2020

Well, this year was certainly unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic created an entirely new set of challenges in 2020 and some will continue to have effects for years to come. City council understands the hardships this has put on everyone. We are very aware of the economic uncertainty that many in our community are ... Read More »

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Feds taking the easy way out

By Lethbridge Herald on December 17th, 2020

David Clement CONSUMER CHOICE CENTER In early October Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced the province would become a leader in recycling plastics, and that Alberta’s plastics strategy would be a core component for job creation moving forward. For the casual observer of politics, this looks like an exciting development. Who doesn’t like the prospect of ... Read More »

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COVID-19: The good, bad and deadly

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on December 16th, 2020

COVID-19 is an acronym that stands for the coronavirus of 2019. Evidently, it originated in Wuhan, China in late 2019. Since then, the novel, i.e., new or unique, coronavirus has spread worldwide. The Good – First and foremost, boundless credit is deserved by the doctors, nurses, technical personnel, military and numerous support staffs as well ... Read More »

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Split the EU in order to save it?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on December 12th, 2020

Germany won’t go along with idea of a two-speed EU In Brussels this week, the English-speaking journalists are all speculating about which way British prime minister Boris Johnson will jump. He’s there now, dithering over whether to cave in to the European Union’s terms for a post-Brexit free-trade deal. Most people reckon it’s his last ... Read More »

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A challenging Christmas looms

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on December 11th, 2020

Focusing on the positives can help us get through these times This Christmas season probably won’t look like any other Christmas we can remember, nor could we have ever foreseen our present circumstances. Festive gatherings, Christmas markets, carollers and concerts, all the things we would usually associate with the holiday season just aren’t on the ... Read More »

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Supportive housing is the solution, not the problem

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on December 11th, 2020

We need to reframe the conversation about supportive housing in this city. It is the solution to the problem of homelessness and vagrancy, not the source of the problem. Somehow in recent debates about The Mustard Seed’s proposal to rezone the Ramada Hotel into a permanent supportive housing facility that fact has become muddled or ... Read More »

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Feds’ pandemic pandering

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on December 10th, 2020

Ottawa’s COVID assistance leaving the working class behind Dedicated CBC radio listener that I am, it was hard to hear through the why-everyone-in-Alberta-is-going-to-die narrative that launched the national morning news throughout last week. But thanks to my heritage, I have an ear for loose change. In her fiscal update, federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tossed ... Read More »

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Understanding COVID vaccines

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on December 9th, 2020

News of vaccines under development to combat the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has provided us with the first sense of optimism for a future beyond the pandemic. We should be positive and hopeful in response to this news and we can expect more SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in the next few months. About 48 ... Read More »

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