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Alberta Pension Plan – declaring war on seniors

By Lethbridge Herald on October 25th, 2023

DAVID B. CARPENTER An Alberta political sycophant suggested recently “Its so obvious that since 1966 Alberta has carried the load for the rest of the CPP provinces.” He goes on to conclude that Alberta taking half of CPP assets is a reasonable place to start. My mind immediately zapped to the movie “Independence Day” and ... Read More »

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Community Conversation great chance for feedback

By Lethbridge Herald on October 21st, 2023

FROM THE HALL Blaine Hyggen – Mayor of Lethbridge Are you interested in free public skating? Maybe you would like to learn about more than 40 City projects? This coming Monday, we at the City of Lethbridge will be hosting our latest in-person Community Conversation event at the ENMAX Centre from 3 p.m. to 7 ... Read More »

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Chinook matter raises questions, prompts debate

By Lethbridge Herald on October 20th, 2023

LEAVE IT TO BEEBER Al Beeber Well, we’ve made it to the national news once again. And not for a good reason again. The alleged sexual assault at Chinook High School by members of the school football team has gotten attention right across Canada. I say ‘alleged’ because the suspects are presumed innocent until found ... Read More »

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Fair trade products gain recognition despite price premiums

By Lethbridge Herald on October 20th, 2023

Sylvain Charlebois DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY ctober is Fair Trade Month, a period dedicated to spotlighting fair-trade products, even amid the backdrop of escalating food costs. This naturally raises the question: Why commemorate fair trade when many of its products bear a higher price tag, rendering them less budget-friendly for consumers wrestling with rising food expenses? Indeed, ... Read More »

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Canada has only ever been an extra on the global stage

By Lethbridge Herald on October 18th, 2023

Bill Whitelaw GEOLOGIC SYSTEMS In 2023, Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, quietly assembled a 33-page PowerPoint deck entitled “Oh, Canada … Facts (and Only Facts) Every Canadian Should Know.” One such fact: Canada has plunged from being number one in 1985 to number 16 on the global Human Development Index ... Read More »

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Working to ensure you have reliable and affordable electricity

By Lethbridge Herald on October 14th, 2023

AT THE LEGISLATURE Nathan Neudorf – UCP MLA for Lethbridge East As we head out of summer and into fall, I know everyone is bracing for their power bills to go up as the temperatures drop. Coming off a period of record-high prices for the Regulated Rate Option, this is not what anyone wants to ... Read More »

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Friday the 13th nothing to fear

By Lethbridge Herald on October 13th, 2023

LEAVE IT TO BEEBER Al Beeber – Managing Editor Today is Friday the 13th. Yes, the dreaded day upon which supposedly bad luck can befall us. Sorry but in my experience, that’s every day that ends in “y” regardless of the number beside it. I’ve read that the superstition behind it came from Christianity and ... Read More »

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Money has paved the way for huge coal mining lobbying effort

By Lethbridge Herald on October 11th, 2023

LORNE FITCH Money talks. It says, “Bend over.” The persistence of Benga, now renamed Northback, an Australian mining company owned by mogul Gina Rinehart is testament to never accepting no for an answer. Money has paved the way for an intensive lobbying effort with Alberta politicians and bureaucrats, only exceeded by the effort displayed by ... Read More »

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Government tackling homelessness across Alberta

By Lethbridge Herald on October 11th, 2023

Jason NIxon MINISTER OF SENIORS, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SERVICES Alberta’s government remains laser-focused on reducing homelessness across Alberta. It’s the top priority for my department of community and social services, and our entire government.   Tuesday marked World Homelessness Day. It’s a day that we draw attention to the needs of homeless individuals, and draw attention ... Read More »

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We are living in a gov’t imposed affordability crisis

By Lethbridge Herald on October 7th, 2023

FROM THE HILL Rachael Thomas – Conservative MP for Lethbridge: I recently had a conversation with an elderly woman whose only source of income is CPP. With this small allotment of money, she is struggling to pay her rent, put food on her table, heat her home, pay for her bus pass, and cover the ... Read More »

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Public schools have a duty to protect queer kids

By Lethbridge Herald on September 30th, 2023

Erika Shaker and Jon Milton CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES On Sept. 20, crowds in cities and towns across the country gathered to protest against schools’ teaching children about the existence of 2SLGBTQ+ people. If you ask the organizers – many of whom are deeply connected to far-right and hate networks – they would say ... Read More »

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