June 17th, 2019

Opinions

Facebook is laughing at Canada’s toothless privacy laws

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 2nd, 2019

When it comes to holding social media giants like Facebook to account, Canada’s privacy laws are a bad joke. The federal privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien, admitted as much last week. He and his counterpart in British Columbia, Michael McEvoy, issued a stern rebuke to Facebook for violating the privacy of about 620,000 Canadians – and ... Read More »

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Jason Kenney’s winds of anger

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 1st, 2019

Trevor Harrison The dominant narrative since Alberta’s election is that the New Democrats lost because their campaign was based on fear. There is undoubtedly some truth in this. But the basis of the United Conservative Party’s victory should not be left unexamined. Some might think that its central theme was “hope.” And, again, hope was ... Read More »

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The Watch is on patrol

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on May 1st, 2019

People generally find it easier to complain from afar than to actually find out on their own. Case in point for the past couple of years: downtown Lethbridge. Despite thousands of people coming to work downtown every weekday, including our staff here at The Herald, the popular narrative seems to suggest that nobody comes downtown ... Read More »

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Kenney has bigger battles than carbon tax fight with Trudeau

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 30th, 2019

With Jason Kenney and the UCP’s landslide victory in the 2019 provincial election, the fate of the province’s carbon tax is certainly on the chopping block. However, by axing the provincial $30-a-tonne levy, the province will fall into the federal government’s mandatory pricing of $20 a tonne, with the individual households receiving rebates for 90 ... Read More »

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SNC-Lavalin scandal a reminder of dangers of big gov’t

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 27th, 2019

Vincent Geloso SENIOR FELLOW, THE FRASER INSTITUTE The SNC-Lavalin scandal, which continues to dominate headlines across Canada, has many moving parts. It’s hard to disentangle everything so as to assign blame. But the situation provides an important lesson that seemingly many have forgot: big government invites big scandals. Political power can be misused for personal ... Read More »

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Ukraine: nothing left to lose

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 27th, 2019

A nation weary of corrupt rule elects a comedian as its new president Ukraine has a new president, and he’s a comedian! Oh, wait a minute, that’s not such a big deal. Guatemala was the first country to elect a comedian as president: Jimmy Morales, back in 2015. Although Morales turned sort of serious once ... Read More »

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Plan now for end-of-life issues

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 26th, 2019

David R. Amies DYING WITH DIGNITY, CANADA Dying with Dignity, Canada (DwD) has designated April 2019 as Advance Care Planning Month. DwD is Canada’s largest organization devoted to helping Canadians understand and plan for “end of life issues.” Much as we do not like to contemplate the ends of our own lives, a little thoughtful ... Read More »

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Gov’t hooked on income tax

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 26th, 2019

Canada needs retooled tax system suited to 21st-century economy Jock Finlayson EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT BUSINESS COUNCIL OF BRITISH COLUMBIA The latest federal budget, delivered in March, contains a wealth of information on the activities of the government, as well as the money it raises for its endlessly expanding array of expenditure, regulatory and income support programs. ... Read More »

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Expect fast action from new premier

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 25th, 2019

Jason Kenney has created a daunting to-do list for the incoming United Conservative Party government. After last week’s celebrations and the moving of furniture in the Alberta legislature, we’ll begin to find out how do-able it is. Make no mistake, Conservatives have been champing at the bit to be back in government. After four years ... Read More »

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Don’t forget Kovrig, Spavor

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 24th, 2019

The trouble with a news cycle is that it’s just that. A story hits the top of a newscast or the front page of a newspaper one day and can be forgotten the next. That’s troublesome enough when the public loses sight of an important issue because there are no new developments to report. But ... Read More »

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Quebec, Alberta need each other

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on April 23rd, 2019

Jason Kenney’s outstretched hand should not be ignored by Quebec Germain Belzile SENIOR ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER, MONTREAL ECONOMIC INSTITUTE In a speech following his election victory (last) week, Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney extended a hand to Quebec, urging the province not to hinder the development of Alberta’s energy sector. We Quebecers should listen to him. Alberta ... Read More »

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