October 16th, 2021

Opinions

Eastern Slopes mining opponents need to be heard by the provincial government

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on May 6th, 2021

Our Alberta Rockies, the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, our trees and trails, the animals and birds roaming its forests, the fish in its streams and rivers, the Red Deer, the Bow, the Old Man, the North and the South Saskatchewan: These were protected by policy set out in 1976 by then-premier Peter Lougheed. ... Read More »

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A day of reckoning may be near

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on May 5th, 2021

With COVID-19 infection rates reaching new and unprecedented heights with almost every passing week in Alberta, a day of reckoning with the pandemic may indeed be close at hand for many Albertans. As we progress through COVID’s “third wave” in the province, it is readily becoming apparent that this wave may very well be the ... Read More »

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Real media are held accountable for the words we write

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on April 29th, 2021

I’m often asked about the health of the Lethbridge Herald and newspapers in general. Most of the time it leads to a conversation about journalism in general. The honest answer is nothing is what it was, the current COVID crisis has accelerated the changes in all forms of media including social media. I’m more concerned ... Read More »

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Canadians have been given an election reprieve

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on April 29th, 2021

With Justin Trudeau’s Liberal minority government managing to rise above the criticism and secure the confidence of the House in key votes regarding the federal budget, Canadians have been given an election reprieve, at least in the short term. And while many voters – certainly in Western Canada – might desperately desire a return to ... Read More »

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O’Toole has a tough job ahead selling the Conservative climate plan

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on April 24th, 2021

The federal Conservatives have expended copious breath of late in attempting to convince Canadians that their new “not-a-carbon-tax” climate plan is the solution all conservative voters should opt for in the next election. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole even takes it one step further: Canadians from across the political spectrum should be attracted to the CPC’s ... Read More »

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NDP working to make life better

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on April 23rd, 2021

This month, I was hoping that I could be writing this column amid a string of positive news for our community and province, with the pandemic subsiding and life beginning to return to normal. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the midst of a worsening third wave of the virus. All of this underscores that while ... Read More »

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Business executives think Albertans aren’t paying enough taxes

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on February 25th, 2021

It’s all laid out in a report released by the Business Council of Alberta that thinks the government should consider a provincial sales tax and carbon tax. The BCA’s website refers to itself as “a group of over 90 chief executives from across Alberta.” The group includes Tracy Robinson of TC Energy, Tim McKay of ... Read More »

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‘Shop local’ philosophy should include this newspaper

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on February 24th, 2021

On Thursday, Canada’s federal government announced it would make Facebook pay for news content after the social media giant banned users in Australia from sharing news from media sites. The action taken by Facebook is alarming because it prevents its users from getting information from legitimate news sources like newspapers. A strong independent media is ... Read More »

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Politicking in the time of crisis

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on February 19th, 2021

The Alberta government’s Feb. 10 announcement that it was – finally - making use of federal money to top up wages of front-line workers will be welcomed by many. Unfortunately, the nine-month delay in accessing the fund, and the hurried manner in which the announcement was made, raises concerns and questions. The government’s abrupt announcement may ... Read More »

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Council addressing mining, masking and EMS dispatch

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on February 19th, 2021

Chris Speaman – Mayor of Lethbridge Our local and regional economy depends on clean water. At its most recent meeting, Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously to have its voice be heard in regards to any current and future coal mining projects on the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies. Lethbridge is downstream and gets its water ... Read More »

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Vigilance still important during era of COVID

By Lethbridge Herald Opinion on February 19th, 2021

COVID-19 is not gone, and with only 12,000 vaccinated in the South Zone, we are a long way from “normal.” It is easy to grow complacent now that some personal services and restaurants have been allowed to re-open for in house dining to think the pandemic has somehow lost its grip. Perhaps it is some ... Read More »

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