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What is it Like Owning a Business in Downtown Lethbridge during the Drug Crisis?

Several businesses in Lethbridge’s downtown and the surrounding area have closed their doors in the last several months. Other business owners say they are feeling the pinch as well, and attribute much of the struggles to what they say are pervasive negative perceptions of the downtown area.

Is the Sun Setting on Alberta's Conventional Oil and Gas Producers?

Alberta’s conventional oil and gas liabilities have been growing for decades with reported estimates ranging from $58 to $130 billion involving 450,000 oil and gas wells, 400,000 Km of pipelines, 1.

Is Community Support for Children Essential?

Arguably, governments have a mandate to keep our most vulnerable citizens safe, including young children. Recently, the Province of Alberta and the City of Lethbridge have initiated significant realignments of their prevention and early intervention services for families.

Opportunities and Challenges in Sustainability and Economic Development

Alberta SouthWest Regional Economic Development (AlbertaSW) is a partnership of 16 towns, villages and rural municipal districts bordering on BC and MT.

The Importance of Play: Are Children getting enough Playtime?

The early years of human development needs to be an essential priority for the whole community and by creating awareness of the importance of the early years in children’s development, communities can help create and implement an action plan specific to enhancing healthy childhood development.

Why is Liberal Education Important in the 21st Century?

Liberal Education is rooted in an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change.

For the Love of Headwaters: What Can We Do?

Our drinking water comes from the Oldman River, but where does this river start? The tributaries that feed a river are collectively called headwaters, the source or ‘birthplace’ of our river.

Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Future and a new Economy: What are the main Barriers?

Canada has joined many other national and regional jurisdictions in declaring a climate emergency. Recent reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warn of increasingly deterioriating conditions across the globe in the face of unchecked global heating.

Climate Change, Hunger and Migration: Can we attain the UN's Sustainable Development Goals?

Five years ago, in 2015, the governments of the United Nations agreed on a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that we would need to attain by 2030 to make life better and more sustainable for future generations.

Alberta's Alternative Budget: What is the Official Opposition NDP Proposing?

The Official Opposition’s 2019 Alternative Budget lays out a path for Alberta to create jobs, diversify the economy, protect vital public services, and bring the provincial budget to balance.

Are Public Sector Workers better off in Alberta than in other provinces?

The September 3, 2019 release of the Report and Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Alberta’s Finances (the MacKinnon report) argues that both the size and compensation of Alberta’s public sector are higher than comparator provinces, and suggests that the government could reduce the size of the public sector (through employee attrition), consider alternative delivery of government programs and services (through the private and non-for-profit sectors), and recommends that the government establishes a legislative mandate that sets the salary levels for all public sector employees.

Successes and Challenges for U of L Students Supporting Refugee Students

In 2016, students at the U of L established a local chapter of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC). It is a Canadian international development non-profit organization dedicated to improving education, employment and empowerment opportunities for youth, women and refugees in more than 25 countries around the world.

Lyme disease: What are the early warning signs and is treatment effective?

Is it MS, Lupus or immune system dysfunction? Doctors were left puzzled by Audrey Skoog’s rapidly deteriorating health. This led to specialist after specialist as well as referrals out of country and out of province.

Waste Less Food: How wasted food costs us time, money and resources – and what we can do about it

The average Canadian households wastes $1,760 every year in squishy cucumbers, spoiled yogurt and moldy bread. Not only does food waste have a negative impact on our pocketbooks, it’s bad for the environment as resources are wasted producing food that is never eaten.

Did anyone win the 2019 Canadian federal election?

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party retained power in a close-run federal election. The Liberals won 157 seats and 33% of the popular vote, enough to retain power in a minority parliament.

What are the Opportunities and Challenges for Alberta in its 2019 Budget?

Budget 2019 reflects a commitment to responsible fiscal management and a promise to balance the budget in 4 years. It’s focused on creating jobs and delivering public services and infrastructure to support private sector investment and a vibrant society.

Irrigation is the Economic Lifeblood of Southern Alberta and its Agriculture: How much Water will you use today? Can Technology support increased Efficiency?

As the largest irrigation district by irrigated acres in Canada, St Mary River Irrigation District (SMRID) has licenses to divert water from the St.

Should we be worried that Video & Board Gaming, Comics, Superhero's and Halloween are growing into Multi-Billion Dollar Industries?

The video game industry generated appox. $135 billion US globally in 2018 and is forecasted to be worth $300 billion by 2025.

If we follow the new Canada Food Guide, are we likely to live healthier lives?

The new Canada Food Guide was recently released and includes an online suite of resources that better meets the needs of different users including the general public, policy makers, health professionals, healthcare centres, childcare centres, and schools.

What are some of the Most Important Things Happening in Lethbridge?

Now that Lethbridge is a city of more than 100,000 inhabitants, there are some perceived “big city” problems that go along with it.

Helping Vulnerable People Recover – What does success look like?

Many people think that successful work with poverty-stricken street people and people living with drug & alcohol addiction/mental health issues will result in a “normal” life for them.

Energy, Utilities, and how Consumers are being over charged?

The deregulation of Alberta’s electricity system is now 19-years old, and in the last five years three successive Alberta governments have passed on an opportunity to mitigate the shortcomings of an Alberta “energy only market.

The ARCHES Indigenous Recovery Coach Program: A Path For Recovery

The ARCHES Indigenous Recovery Coach Program is a recovery-oriented, community-based and culturally informed recovery coach program, supporting adults undergoing opioid agonist therapy (OAT), also known as medically assisted therapy (MAT), for opioid addiction in Lethbridge.

How much does Lethbridge Recycle and where does it all end up?

The majority of residents in Lethbridge believe in the importance of recycling and keeping waste out of the landfill. The City’s Waste Diversion Policy has led to specific targets for reducing waste in both households and businesses with the goal of cutting the overall community waste in half by 2030.

The Economic Impact of Area Agriculture on Lethbridge – Is it Essential?

The agriculture sector in Lethbridge is supported by the surrounding region, which includes more than 900 farms generating farm receipts of $1.

The Blackfoot Confederacy and its Culture – what may their Future Hold?

The Blackfoot people is made up of four nations. These nations include the Piegan Blackfeet, Siksika, Piikani Nation, and Kainai. The four nations come together to make up what is known as the Blackfoot Confederacy, meaning that they have banded together to help one another.

2019 Annual General Meeting of Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs

Approval of Agenda and appointment of Secretary Adoption and discussion of Minutes – June 28, 2018 Annual Reports: Chairperson Finance Committee & Treasurer’s Report and Budget for 2019-2020

The Recently Released Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Report Lists 231 Calls for Justice: What are the Immediate Priorities?

In response to calls for action from Indigenous families, communities and organizations, as well as non-governmental and international organizations, the Government of Canada launched an entirely independent National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in September 2016.

Medical Emergency Trauma: Why is Helicopter Transport so Important?

In 2004 Dale Thacker got involved as a 1/3 owner in Rangeland Helicopters with Larry Elford and Ian McLeod. Their wish was to bring effective helicopter EMS to the southeastern part of Alberta.

Are Environmentally Sensitive Areas of southwestern Alberta being Sacrificed for Wind Power?

Southern Alberta, including the MD of Pincher Creek, is one of Canada’s windiest regions and the area’s rich wind resources are extremely attractive to developers.

Middle East Societies in Crisis

The crisis of the global political-economy continues to sharpen. Trade wars—the precursors of military wars—involving the United States, the European Union, China, India, Mexico and Canada are intensifying.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada – Protecting our Grasslands

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization. A private, non-profit organization, partnering with individuals, corporations, other non-profit organizations and governments at all levels to protect our most important natural treasures — the natural areas that sustain Canada’s plants and wildlife.

Are Women Premiers in Canada less likely to be Re-Elected than Men?

With the UCP gaining power in Alberta’s recent provincial election, Jason Kenney became premier of Alberta and for the first time since 2008, no women preside over a Canadian provincial or territorial legislature.

You have the Power to End Sexual Violence

It is estimated that 1 in 3 women/girls and 1 in 6 men/boys in their lifetime will experience some form of sexual violence either in childhood or in their adult life.

Are Aboriginal Rights and Canadian Law Reconcilable?

As a rule, Aboriginal Rights are the rights of Indigenous people to carry on with their traditional and ancestral customs of hunting, fishing, trapping, feasting and holding religious ceremonies.

What did the April 16 Election Results tell us about the Sentiments of Albertans?

In the 2015 provincial election, the New Democratic Party, led by Rachel Notley, won an unprecedented victory in Alberta. Unseating the Progressive Conservatives – who had won every provincial election since 1971 – they formed an NDP government for the first time in the history of the province.

Why are only a few People Building Energy Efficient "Net-Zero" Houses?

For many people, a net-zero home conjures up visions of houses beyond their reach. But supplying energy for your own home is no longer confined to the future.

The New Alberta Advantage? Technology, Policy, and the Future of the Oil Sands

The global energy system is being transformed by new technologies that will revolutionize oil and gas markets — whether Alberta is ready for it or not.

Is Canada's Equalization Payment Formula Fair to All Provinces?

Each year, in mid-December, the federal government releases its calculation for what each province is entitled to receive as equalization. The numbers show Alberta’s recession lowered its ability to raise revenues.

Provincial All Candidates Election Forum for Lethbridge East

SACPA presents the 2019 Alberta Provincial all candidates Election Forum for the Lethbridge East constituency Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Time: 6:30 – 9 pm Venue: Royal Canadian Legion hall, 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South

Is the Ability to Shutter Government Services and Declare National Emergencies being Abused by US Presidents?

US President Trump recently declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall on the US – Mexico border without the approval of Congress on the heels of signing a bipartisan government spending bill that would prevent another partial government services closure following a historic 35-day shutdown in December and January.

Are We Dementia Friendly?

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often used interchangeably as many people believe that one means the other. In fact, the distinction between the two diseases often causes confusion for the persons living with dementia, their families and caregivers.

Making Sense of the Yellow Vest Protests

Inspired by, or at least imitating, the protests of France’s Gilets Jaunes, a Yellow Vest movement has similarly made headlines the past few months, especially in Alberta.

What is Holding-Back the Adoption of Electric Cars and What Can Be Done About It?

“If, instead of building the automobile, had I asked folks what they wanted, the answer would have been… [just] a faster horse.

Alberta's Partisan Politics and Ideology: Would Independent MLA's with No Party Affiliation be a better Option?

Alberta’s Partisan Politics and Ideology: Would Independent MLA’s with No Party Affiliation be a better Option? Canada’s NorthWest Territories has a consensus government, in which all members are Independent and do not belong to a political party caucus.

Although Dating and Relationships have Evolved, is Matchmaking back in Style?

In today’s world, matchmaking tends to refer to apps and internet sites that we use to do the dirty work of sorting out good candidates for relationships, but for much of human history, the matchmaker was a person.

Should Backyard Hens be allowed within Lethbridge City Limits?

On September 17, 2018, City Council was asked to consider a one year pilot project for the keeping of up to 4 egg-laying hens on urban properties with suitable yard space.

Elon Musk, President of Mars?

Who owns Outer Space? Could Elon Musk become President of Mars? How would one negotiate a treaty with aliens? Space is becoming a very busy place, with 90 orbital launches occurring in 2017 alone.

Should Canada Establish a Single-Payer National Pharmacare Program?

Of all the developed countries with universal, single-payer health care systems, Canada is the only one that does not include coverage for prescription drugs.

The Choice before Albertans in 2019

In May 2015 the people of Alberta were faced with a choice at the ballot box and they surprised the pundits by choosing an NDP government, despite all the predictions that the Progressive Conservatives would add to their 44 year term in office.

Journeys to Justice: Reflections on Canadian Christian Activism

Canadian churches have made a huge impact on key justice issues over the past 50 years on education, economics, refugee sponsorship, the environment, domestic violence, public health care, women’s rights, and the cancellation of the debts of Global South countries.

Lethbridge Finest and Furriest: Lethbridge Police Canine Unit in Action.

The Canine Unit is an integral part of the Lethbridge Police Service. Agility, obedience, tracking, building searches, compound/area searches, evidence searches, criminal apprehension and drug detection are the main components of training a PSD (Police Service Dog) for the Lethbridge Police Service.

Lethbridge Food Bank Started Out as a Stop Gap Measure: 35 Years Later, what has Changed?

Since 1982 the Lethbridge Food Bank has been operated in the community of Lethbridge and serving the surrounding area with a “food share” program.

The First 100 Days as City Manager: Expectations, Observations and Surprises – What are the Key Issues Going Forward?

The City of Lethbridge use the council-manager form of city government i.e. city council makes laws and broad policy decisions for a city manager and staff to carry out.

Alberta Politics, Budgets and Pipelines – the Alberta Liberal Party Perspective

Many Albertan worry about public spending, deficits and a growing debt. Does balancing the books in Alberta hinge on building pipelines to tidewater or are there other ways to achieve that goal?

Ecological Grief is not new, but on the Rise – How can we Deal with It?

Grieving the loss or change of a cherished natural space has not always been recognized as a true form of grieving.

What are the Pressing Social Issues in Lethbridge and what Strategies are Needed?

In March 2018, the City of Lethbridge Community Social Development (CSD) Business Unit launched a Strategic Planning Initiative that will provide the comprehensive research-based social assessment required to identify Lethbridge’s priority social issues, identify Lethbridge’s range of social supports and services, bring this information to community, and inform the revisions of the City’s CSD’s 5 Year strategic plan.

Money, Power and Poverty: What Harms are done by those at the Top of Society versus those at the Bottom?

It can be argued there are Polite Crimes versus Impolite Crimes, Visible Crimes versus Invisible Crimes, and Crimes we can openly discuss, versus Crimes that cannot be discussed.

Conversion Therapy – and Why it Needs to be Banned

Conversion therapy, sometimes referred to as reparative therapy or the ex-gay movement, is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual’s sexual orientation from queer (used here as an umbrella term for members of the LGBTQ+ rainbow) to heterosexual using psychological, physical, and/or spiritual interventions.

Did Canada get Trumped by Signing the US/Mexico/Canada Trade Agreement?

The last minute new trade agreement among Mexico, Canada and the United States, the so-called USMCA, made headlines in late September.

Hurricane Devastation in Dominica: The New Normal? Responsibilities?

With 260 km/h maximum sustained wind speeds, Category 5 Hurricane Maria tore through Dominica on September 18, 2017, causing mass destruction and directly affecting some 73,000 people (the entire population).

Is the Palestinian-Israeli struggle past the point of a peaceful and just solution?

What will it take to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? Why did the peace negotiations fail? Is the Palestine-Israel conflict beyond a negotiated solution?

The Cycle of Addiction and Challenges of the Opioid Crisis: A Perspective from an Emergency Doctor

As our city continues to grapple with a growing crisis of drug abuse and seeks solutions to address addiction and its associated negative effects on the community, it may be helpful to take a step back and review some of the root causes of addiction and why this insidious disease is so challenging to treat.

How can the Trauma Children Experience in High Conflict Divorce Cases be Minimized?

Divorce is hard. It just is. Even an amicable divorce is a traumatic experience – and where conflict exists, that trauma is magnified.

Alberta's Tax Regime is the Lowest in Canada - Is a Revenue Reno Needed to Maintain Strong Public Service?

Alberta’s budget documents show that our tax system is grossly inferior to that of every other province in the country at raising revenue.

Lethbridge Taxpayers will be on the Hook if Calgary Gets to Host the 2026 Winter Olympics – Are there "Trickle Down" Benefits?

While most will agree the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games was an overall success and good for the City, Alberta and Canada, the bidding cost alone for the 2026 Games will be at least $30 million and the expenses for hosting the Games if Calgary is chosen, could top $8 billion, including interest, considering all three levels of Government are running deficits – hosting the 1988 Games cost less than $1 billion and turned a profit.

How Widespread is Elder Abuse in Lethbridge?

Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well –being of an older adult.

2018 Annual General Meeting of Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs

Approval of Agenda and appointment of Secretary Adoption and discussion of Minutes – June 29, 2017 Annual Reports: Chairperson Finance Committee and Treasurer’s Report and Budget for 2018-2019

Grappling with the Monster – Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse and addiction are two of the most complex and costly challenges facing Canadian society. According to the Washington Post, alcohol kills more people than HIV, AIDS, TB and violence combined.

Do Oil Pipelines Make Any Sense?

Presently Canada is engaged in a highly conflictual national struggle over pipelines, to build or not to build. Ricardo Acuna of the Parkland Institute argues that a proper debate on the merits and pitfalls of pipelines would be a good thing for Albertans to engage in.

Is there a Critical Shortage of First Responders in Rural Alberta?

Ambulance service in Alberta is a borderless system designed to respond as needed, with urban areas using rural ambulances during shortages, and in turn helping those communities when shortages occur.

Do Hutterite Colony Farmers have Advantageous Tax Status?

Hutterites are taxed under section 143 of the Income Tax Act. Colonies are taxed as if they were a trust so the collective income of the community gets allocated to colony members who are 18 years of age and older Section 143 does not allow Hutterite colonies to allocate income to community members under the age of 18 while other farmers are allowed to do so.

Alberta Politics, Budgets and Pipelines – the Alberta Party Perspective

The Alberta Party is a political movement dedicated to transforming government through citizen engagement. Instead of representing a particular segment of the traditional political spectrum, the Alberta Party seeks out the best ideas regardless of whether they are perceived to be from the left or the right.

Israel@70: past, present and future

Seventy years after Israel’s establishment as an independent state, its accomplishments in high tech, medical research and innovation has far exceeded expectations of a country its size.

Is Supply Management in Agriculture a Hindrance at Trade Discussions?

The United States has repeatedly indicated that a key tension in NAFTA renegotiations is Canada’s continued protection of dairy, poultry and egg producers.

Should Canada Adopt a Guaranteed Annual Income?

Basic income in Canada has been debated since at least the 1930s during the Social Credit movement, but as in other parts of the western world, the discussion has increased during the last decades.

Is Canada Likely to get Trumped during the Current NAFTA Negotiations?

In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect, creating one of the world’s largest free trade zones at that time and arguably laying the foundations for strong economic growth and rising prosperity for Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

Is Incarceration the Correct Response for FASD Affected Offenders?

The FASD Adult Justice Program was developed as a partnership under the umbrella of the South Alberta FASD Service Network and the 10-year strategic plan, in response to a need identified by the Alberta Government.

Can Floods and Forest Fires be more Accurately Predicted using 3D Technology?

The terrestrial biosphere is under increasing pressure as a result of climatic changes, human disturbance, and secondary effects of these, including fire and pathogen/insect outbreaks.

Can Neuroscience Help First Nations Communities Heal?

One of Bryan Kolb’s most memorable talks was a public lecture in Lac La Biche, AB, attended by many First Nations elders.

How will Retail Legislation for Cannabis (Marijuana) be Rolled out in Alberta?

Please note that this is a special Tuesday session at the Royal Canadian Legion The Alberta Cannabis Framework has outlined what Albertans can expect when cannabis becomes legal in Canada on July 1, 2018.

Did the Accused Killers of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine Benefit from the Current Practice of Jury Selection?

Canada’s justice system is working poorly for Indigenous peoples. Not-guilty verdicts arrived at recently in two separate murder cases involving First Nations victims, Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie, have arguably yet again exposed Canada’s justice system as failing Indigenous peoples.