June 17th, 2019

Opinions

Working to save endangered species

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 16th, 2019

Canada must do more to protect vulnerable plants and animals Our planet is on life support. That’s the dire message from a landmark United Nations report this past week that found one million species of plants and animals – out of a total of eight million – are at risk of extinction as the result ... Read More »

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Alberta’s blue-ribbon panel: the sound of one hand clapping

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 15th, 2019

Trevor W. Harrison UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE The announcement by the newly elected UCP government of a “blue ribbon” panel to examine Alberta’s finances was totally expected. Likewise, the panel’s mandate to focus on expenditures and not revenues (or both) comes as no surprise. The panel’s chair, Janice MacKinnon, a former Saskatchewan NDP finance minister (1993-97), ... Read More »

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Be wary of junk (food) science

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 14th, 2019

Chocolate has heart-healthy benefits and wine has anti-aging properties. Or perhaps not. Processed foods and sugary soda pop cause obesity. Wait, no, it doesn’t matter what you eat and drink, just how much you exercise. Food and beverage corporations have turned nutrition science into a battleground by funding research to sow doubt about the unhealthiness ... Read More »

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A trade war and more

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 11th, 2019

Could U.S.-China trade dispute trigger another major recession? Donald Trump is playing hard-ball with China over trade, and the worry-warts are fretting that he’s going to start a real trade war by accident. The bigger threat, however, is that he will push first China, and then the whole world, into a deep recession. It’s been ... Read More »

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Seeking more female voices

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 10th, 2019

The evidence is clear: audiences want gender diversity Shari Graydon FOUNDER, INFORMED OPINIONS What would happen if news media struggling to survive applied the productivity mantra “What gets measured gets done” to the sources they quote? Business research, Hollywood sales data and anecdotal evidence from the news industry all suggest it’s worth a try. In ... Read More »

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Orwell’s world no longer fiction

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 9th, 2019

China is driving the rise of omniscient machines Lee Harding RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, FRONTIER CENTRE FOR PUBLIC POLICY The “Terminator” movies were prediction, not fiction. The proof abounds in China, recently dubbed by CBC as the world’s first digital dictatorship. China has interfaced wireless technology with surveillance cameras and facial recognition software to form Sky Net. ... Read More »

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Recognizing nurses’ key role

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 8th, 2019

Special week puts the profession in the spotlight Modern nursing began in the 19th century with Florence Nightingale, the famed “Lady with the Lamp.” Thanks to modern technology, the profession has been taken to heights Nightingale could never have imagined when she was tending to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. But despite the long ... Read More »

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Don’t vilifyover political, personal beliefs

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 7th, 2019

There has recently been a lot of rhetoric about hate speech and the need to control it by putting various safeguards and censorship in place. Even in this initiative there appears to be a double standard. Hate speech, it seems, is OK depending on who it is directed at. Hate speech is hateful if it ... Read More »

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EU: No populist breakthrough

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 4th, 2019

For the second time in a month, a member country of the European Union has NOT voted a populist into power. Could it be that the populist wave has broken? It would be a good time for that to happen, because elections to the EU’s parliament are next month. The hard-right populist parties that have ... Read More »

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Advance care planningis essential

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 4th, 2019

Dr. Daren Heyland Critical Care Physician The article entitled “Plan now for end-of-life issues” by David Amies (April 26) is a welcome reminder that we are all immortal and need to plan for the eventuality of our death. I think some readers may not see the relevance of this message in their own lives. Most ... Read More »

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Nominations now open for Community Builders Awards

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 3rd, 2019

This month’s ‘From the Hill’ column by MP Rachael Harder Do you know someone who has made a significant difference in our community? I’m excited to announce that nominations for 2019 Community Builders Awards are now being accepted. This special recognition is open to youth, adults, businesses and not-for-profit organizations that work to help others ... Read More »

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