November 26th, 2020


Information to chew on about plant-based meats

By W. Gifford-Jones, MD and Diana Gifford-Jones on November 26th, 2020

We live at a time of growing choices regarding food substitutes. But how good are these new products when compared with the old staples? Think of margarine versus butter. Or, more recently, plant-based meats versus the real McCoy? Was William Shakespeare right when he wrote, “A substitute shines brightly as a King, until a King ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Coal, calcite and cutthroats


Calcite build-up on streambeds is an environmental hazard of open-pit mountaintop coal mining proposed in the headwaters of the Oldman River. As with selenium pollution, described in a previous article, water flowing through waste rock accumulated during the coal mining process dissolves calcium carbonate and carries it downstream. Unlike selenium, calcium carbonate is not considered ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

What will become of a handshake?

By MABLE STEWART on November 25th, 2020

While growing up, it was expected of me to acknowledge those who came to our home. I had to excuse myself from whatever I was doing to exchange a greeting, which involved shaking hands. Similarly so, when I would chance upon someone familiar to my family while I was out in the community. According to ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Teachers’ wellness helps their students, too

By WILCO TYMENSEN on November 25th, 2020

While COVID has limited teachers’ ability to physically come together with colleagues from other schools, they continue to engage in professional learning and collaborate with other teachers, albeit mostly virtually. Their commitment to life-long learning is in addition to the work they undertake planning for and instructing in today’s pandemic where they have revolving groups ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Southminster Church organ marks its 100th anniversary

By TRISH PURKIS on November 24th, 2020

Southminster United Church is a favourite venue for many organ and musical concerts. The church has wonderful acoustics that carry the music clearly to all corners of the sanctuary and the balcony. The organ was built by Casavant Freres in Quebec and was installed in October 1920, a memorial organ dedicated to the memory of ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Negotiating disagreements

By Jacob M. Van Zyl on November 21st, 2020

Civilized, open-minded discussion is an essential part of effective problem solving. In contrast, ego-involved defences and attacks not only bedevil meaningful problem solving, but may add new ones such as dysfunctional relationships. Heated debates show that participants have made a choice and are not willing to compromise. When it happens in a family, members start ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Antiquity meets high tech

By Gary Boyle THE BACKYARD ASTRONOMER on November 20th, 2020

Over the past decades, we have witnessed and embraced the advancement of technology in cars, TVs, computers and cellphones. The list goes on and on. We have the opportunity to learn anything via reputable websites over the internet as well as YouTube videos. Although technology has changed, the night sky has appeared the same for ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

What will stamp collectors see next?

By By Walter Kerber on November 20th, 2020

I have seen a lot of odd stamps from countries that take advantage of us collectors to fatten their countries’ coffers. There are lots of ideas from puffy sticker types to 3-D stamps, not that Canada Post hasn’t taken part in that. In this day and with the COVID-19 pandemic, times are tough all over ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Beware get-rich-quick con


Scammers are taking advantage of people’s get-rich-quick dreams by promoting “money flipping” scams on social media, and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is seeing dozens of reports each month about these cons. How the Scam Works: You see a photo of a pile of cash on social media. In the caption, the user brags about ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Take steps to relieve chronic stress in your life

By W. Gifford-Jones, MD and Diana Gifford-Jones Common-Sense Health on November 19th, 2020

Nothing can be more heart-wrenching than the sudden death of a loved one. The visualization of a wrench tightening on the heart is apt. It can feel that way and the physical harm done from such intense pressure is not good for your health. Isaac Asimov, professor of biochemistry and prolific writer of science fiction, ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!

Lethbridge Interfaith Network works to promote dialogue between faith groups


Approximately two-thirds of citizens of Lethbridge declare a religious affiliation, with the overwhelming majority of these adherents professing a belief in Christianity. However, there are smaller communities in Lethbridge of Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and those of Indigenous spirituality, to name a few. Over the past years, as the population grows, religious diversity in Lethbridge ... Read More »

Be the first to comment!