January 25th, 2021

Opinions

Arctic warming is cause for concern

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 31st, 2020

It’s the last week of October, and the main nursery of new Arctic Ocean sea ice has not yet started to refreeze. Hardly surprising, since 2020 is on course to be the second-warmest year on record, but it’s still a matter of concern. It should have started refreezing about five weeks ago. Historically the Arctic ... Read More »

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Gaming the emissions system

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 30th, 2020

Biden can’t have it both ways on Paris climate accord By Tom Harris In his climate-change plan Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says that the United States will “re-enter the Paris Agreement on day one of the Biden Administration.” The former vice-president reassures readers in his “Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice” ... Read More »

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Compromise and economics

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 29th, 2020

Last week’s city council discussions around allowing a new 341-condo-unit development in downtown Lethbridge brought up the issue of the old Galt 1 Mine which underlies the proposed location of the site. In reality, one has to think, coal underlies much of what Lethbridge has become today. Even in one of its earliest incarnations Lethbridge ... Read More »

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Open-pit mining in the Oldman Watershed?

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 28th, 2020

David McIntyre The Oldman watershed provides essential water to more than 200,000 Albertans. Should this already overcommitted watershed have open-pit coal mining added to its litany of woes? I stand in opposition to open-pit coal mines in the headwaters of the Oldman because I’m convinced the proposed projects fail to serve society; pose known and ... Read More »

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Britain’s pantomime crisis

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 24th, 2020

Boris Johnson playing chicken with EU in Brexit deal negotiations The British pantomime is a traditional Christmas entertainment in which stock characters face imaginary dangers and audience participation is encouraged (“He’s behind you!”), but the play never frightens the children and it always has a happy ending. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be a ... Read More »

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Gov’t has no solutions to crises

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 23rd, 2020

I have to say I wasn’t quite ready for the snow to fly yet! After a few weeks of wonderful fall weather, which Lethbridge’s wonderful tree-lined streets augmented with a dazzling – if short-lived – display of colours, I must admit that the season of backyard harvests and comfortable park visits is drawing to a ... Read More »

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WFP a long-running success story

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 22nd, 2020

Trevor Page On Oct. 9, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded to the UN’s World Food Programme. In announcing its decision, its chairperson said it was because of WFP’s efforts in combatting hunger, for its contribution for bettering conditions for peace in conflict areas and for acting ... Read More »

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New approach to opioid crisis is working

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 22nd, 2020

Re: Letter from four physicians (Oct. 21 Herald): I read with interest the letter from four physicians in southern Alberta and I appreciate the discourse. However, our government listened to the voice of 19,000 Albertans regarding their concerns of how supervised consumption services were operating in our province. These voices led us to audit the ... Read More »

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Minister not hearing the message

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 21st, 2020

Open letter to minister Jason Luan from Lethbridge medical professionals: In response to Minister Luan’s open letter (Lethbridge Herald, Sept. 29) we would like to state unequivocally that the minister obviously did not hear our patients or frontline staff, did not investigate truly, and is choosing to act in absence of facts with a plan ... Read More »

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Supporting those on front lines of addiction crisis

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 21st, 2020

Opioid crisis statement in support of all those living with addiction and frontline workers from faculty and staff at University of Lethbridge: In September of 2020, data from Alberta Health’s COVID-19 Opioid Surveillance Report revealed that more than twice as many people had died from opioid overdoses in the second quarter than the first. The ... Read More »

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Pandemic and herd immunity

By Lethbridge Herald Opinon on October 17th, 2020

‘Great Barrington Declaration’ urges a return to normal life After eight full months of the global pandemic, the pressure to keep the economies open and let the chips (or rather, the elderly) fall where they may is growing strong. The “Great Barrington Declaration” of Oct. 4 was signed by three medical professors from Oxford, Harvard ... Read More »

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