Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Members of the SACPA Board ,
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 10:00 AM
Zoom

Approval of Agenda and appointment of Secretary Adoption and discussion of Minutes – June 22, 2020 Annual Reports: Chairperson Finance Committee & Treasurer’s Report and Budget for 2021-2022

An Educator’s Perspective on Alberta’s Proposed Draft …

An Educator’s Perspective on Alberta’s Proposed Draft Curriculum

Ken Rogers and Kelly Frewin ,
Thursday, June 24, 2021 10:00 AM
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Educators know all curricula need timely revision and many are concerned about the most recent draft K-6 curriculum proposed by the government of Alberta.

The Deadly Effects of Residential Schools in Canada: How is …

The Deadly Effects of Residential Schools in Canada: How is that Remediable?

Dr. Terri-Lynn Fox and Elder Keith Chief Moon ,
Monday, June 21, 2021 10:00 AM
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At least 150,000 Indigenous youths were forced into Indian Residential Schools (IRS) between the 1870s and 1990s. They were run by Canadian/Provincial governments and religious authorities.

“Immigration Matters” Why Canada supports immigration?

“Immigration Matters” Why Canada supports immigration?

Najib Mangal , Manager of Community Connections and Employment programs at Immigrant Services of Lethbridge Family Services
Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:00 AM
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In October 2020, the Federal Government announced its 2021-2022 Immigration Level Plan. The government is hoping to bring a targeted 1.

Is Harm Reduction and Empathy the Main Pillars when Battling …

Is Harm Reduction and Empathy the Main Pillars when Battling Drug Dependency?

Dr. Esther Tailfeathers , Physician
Monday, June 14, 2021 12:00 PM
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While painkilling medicine has been around for a very long time, Fentanyl is a powerful addictive opioid painkiller, the use of which has caused an increasing public health threat in Canada and elsewhere.

Alberta allows for Public Participation in Resource …

Alberta allows for Public Participation in Resource Development, but what are the Parameters and who are deemed Stakeholders?

Shaun Fluker , Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary
Thursday, June 10, 2021 10:00 AM
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Public participation is widely considered to be an essential component of any legitimate exercise of state power over resource development and environmental decision-making.

“Alberta’s War Room” and the “Steve Allan Inquiry”: Worth …

“Alberta’s War Room” and the “Steve Allan Inquiry”: Worth the Money or Millions Wasted?

Markham Hislop , Energy journalist
Thursday, June 3, 2021 10:00 AM
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After Jason Kenney became Premier of Alberta on April 30, 2019, he followed through on his campaign promise and set in motion the “energy war room” or the Canadian Energy Centre CEC) as it was named when launched in Dec 2019.

Are severe Funding Cuts to U of L and Lethbridge College …

Are severe Funding Cuts to U of L and Lethbridge College likely to have both Short and Long-Term Consequences for the Lethbridge Economy?

Cyndi Vos , CEO of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, May 27, 2021 10:00 AM
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Over the past two years, tenths of millions of public education dollars have been cut from Lethbridge’s two post-secondary institutions budgets, resulting initially in hundreds of directly lost jobs and as well, hefty increases in tuition for students.

What does an Independent Case Study of the Alberta Energy …

What does an Independent Case Study of the Alberta Energy Regulator’s Coal Mining Regulations tell us?

Mandy L. Olsgard , M.Sc., P. Bio. Principal, Sr. Toxicologist/ Risk Assessor
Thursday, May 20, 2021 10:00 AM
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The Grassy Mountain Open-Pit Coal Mine proposed by Benga Mining Ltd., (Riversdale) in the Crowsnest Pass has raised questions and concerns about the regulatory process in Alberta, such as the transparency, independent decision-making, and enforcement capacity of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

With the UCP Government running behind NDP in the Polls …

With the UCP Government running behind NDP in the Polls halfway through its Mandate, what can they do to re-earn the trust of Albertans?

Dr. Duane Bratt , Political science Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 10:00 AM
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Following their convincing election victory April 16, 2019, Alberta’s UCP Government led by Jason Kenney, has seen a steady decline in their support from Alberta voters, particularly in Calgary and some urban centers, where the opposition NDP and other parties have made gains according to the latest polls.

How can Past and Present Injustices against Indigenous …

How can Past and Present Injustices against Indigenous Peoples be Reconciled?

Don McIntyre , Professor of Indigenous Governance and Business Management
Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:00 AM
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In the post 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) era of reconciliation, many Canadians are wondering what reconciliation might mean to their community.

The Need for More Voices in the Public Sphere for Albertans

The Need for More Voices in the Public Sphere for Albertans

Jacquie Fenske , Acting Leader of the Alberta Party
Thursday, May 6, 2021 1:00 PM
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Join Acting Leader Jacquie Fenske of the Alberta Party for a conversation about the need for a choice in Alberta politics.

Post Pandemic Recovery: What are the Main Issues Facing …

Post Pandemic Recovery: What are the Main Issues Facing Alberta?

Nathan Neudorf , Alberta MLA for Lethbridge East Constituency
Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:00 AM
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Alberta is arguably in the midst of a generational economic shift as we face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking ahead to the post-pandemic recovery, what should Albertans expect from their Government with regards to the serious economic challenges we face as a province.

Public Consultation and Alberta Politics: What’s Going On?

Public Consultation and Alberta Politics: What’s Going On?

Dr. Ian Urquhart , Conservation Director of Alberta Wilderness Association
Monday, April 26, 2021 10:00 AM
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The fate of liberal democratic governments hinges importantly on building and sustaining political support for their agenda. Public consultation is one tool governments may use to secure this support.

The Wildrose Independence Party: What is their Vision for …

The Wildrose Independence Party: What is their Vision for Alberta?

Paul Hinman , Interim leader of the Wildrose Independence Party
Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:00 AM
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With Alberta running an $18 billion deficit in its 2021-22 budget and more than $100 billion in accumulated debt, it appears obvious that fiscal changes are needed – spending cuts or revenue increases or both?

Current Challenges for Alberta’s and Canada’s Farmers

Current Challenges for Alberta’s and Canada’s Farmers

Mr. Lynn Jacobson , President, Alberta Federation of Agriculture
Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:00 AM
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Agriculture is an important sector of Canada’s economy supplying the much larger food production and processing industries. The Alberta Federation of Agriculture is Alberta’s largest producer funded general farm organization.

Coal Dust, Wind and Human Health: What are the Risks of …

Coal Dust, Wind and Human Health: What are the Risks of Open-Pit Coal Mining in Southwest Alberta?

Allan Garbutt. , PhD, MD
Thursday, April 8, 2021 10:00 AM
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Everyone living in Southern Alberta are familiar with our winds. Those residing in “Chinook Country” have heard Environment Canada’s frequent wind warnings, particularly between November to April.

Laug until it helps. If you can laugh at it, you can survive …

Laug until it helps. If you can laugh at it, you can survive it!

Cheryl Ann Oberg , Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, Professional Speaker, Professional Therapeutic Clown
Thursday, April 1, 2021 10:00 AM
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The Science is in! What you always knew instinctively to be true, laughter and play have been proven to be beneficial to your health.

The People’s Party of Canada: What is their Vision for …

The People’s Party of Canada: What is their Vision for Canada – and Alberta?

Maxime Bernier , People’s Party of Canada Leader
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 10:00 AM
YouTube Live Stream

Freedom, Responsibility, Fairness and Respect are the principles that guide and inform the policies of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC).

Policing in Challenging Times

Policing in Challenging Times

Shahin Mehdizadeh , Lethbridge Police Chief
Thursday, March 25, 2021 10:00 AM
YouTube Live Stream

These are challenging times for the world, and law enforcement agencies are not exempt from the taxing circumstances or the growing expectations of the community, whether that’s from a global or local perspective.

Private health care for Alberta: efficiency, effectiveness …

Private health care for Alberta: efficiency, effectiveness and equity?

Dr. Christopher McCabe , CEO & Executive Director of the Institute of Health Economics (IHE).
Thursday, March 18, 2021 10:00 AM
YouTube Live Stream

The question of the role of the private sector in providing health care in Canada is both complex and politically charged.

Why we need insects and spiders, which of them are …

Why we need insects and spiders, which of them are declining, and which moving in.

Dan Johnson , BSc, Sask; MSc, PhD, UBC, Institute of Animal Resource Ecology & Department of Plant Science
Thursday, March 11, 2021 10:00 AM
YouTube Live Stream

Insects and spiders matter to us because of their enormous contributions to ecosystems, including in food webs, for pollination, enjoyment, and pest control.

How are Post-Secondary Students Coping with the COVID-19 …

How are Post-Secondary Students Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Kathleen Massey , Associate Vice-President (Students) at University of Lethbridge
Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many challenges for post-secondary students. Despite the flexibility, support and hard work of professors to create an engaging online learning experience, the change to at-home learning has been very difficult for some students.

Sustainable Farming: What role can Biogas Production Play …

Sustainable Farming: What role can Biogas Production Play in Reducing CO2 Emissions?

Chris Perry , President of CKP Farms Ltd.
Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Biogas production is essentially an industrial stomach which converts organic waste into usable fuel. Biogas is 60% methane and is used to fuel powerful engines that drives generators producing 24/7 100% renewable electricity.

Alberta's Future: A Virtual Conversation with Rachel Notley

Alberta's Future: A Virtual Conversation with Rachel Notley

Rachel Notley , MLA and Leader of the Official Opposition in Alberta
Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Alberta is in the midst of a generational economic shift as we face the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look ahead to the post-pandemic recovery, it is time for Albertans to come together to overcome the economic challenges we face as a province.

Coal Mining in the Oldman River Watershed: What is …

Coal Mining in the Oldman River Watershed: What is happening and what are the long-term impacts?

Shannon Frank , Executive Director of the Oldman Watershed Council
Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

There is significant interest in establishing metallurgical coal mining operations throughout the eastern slopes of Alberta. The areas residing within the Oldman watershed are no exception.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Are there any reasons to be concerned …

COVID-19 Vaccines: Are there any reasons to be concerned about efficacy and long-term safety?

Dr. Trushar Patel ,
Thursday, February 4, 2021 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

As the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths (currently near 100 million and over 2 million respectively) continues to rise around the globe, health-care systems are being put under extreme stress and the need for effective vaccines, with enough supplies for everyone, is crucial.

Setting a Broad Table of Energy and the Environment: How …

Setting a Broad Table of Energy and the Environment: How there has to be a merger of the two in order to be successful

Gary G. Mar , President and CEO. Canada West Foundation (CWF)
Thursday, January 28, 2021 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

With the November 3, 2020 US election resulting in Joe Biden being elected President and the Democrats gaining control of both houses of Congress, what are the likely implications for Alberta’s Energy Sector?

The Corporate interests and -ideologies shaping Alberta's …

The Corporate interests and -ideologies shaping Alberta's universities: What do they mean for our future?

Dr. Laurie Adkin , professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta
Thursday, January 21, 2021 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

The speaker asserts that: “If ever there were a time for universities to assume a leadership role in providing the knowledge needed for socio-ecological change, this is surely that moment.

Rioters storming the United States Capitol on January 6, …

Rioters storming the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021: A Wodehousian Putsch Against the Madisonian Constitution?

Dr. John von Heyking ,
Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

On January 6, 2021, rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election stormed the United States Capitol.

Agrifood Trade and Export: Is there a Growing Market for …

Agrifood Trade and Export: Is there a Growing Market for Canadian Farm Produce?

Carlo Dade and Sharon Sun , Director of the Trade & Investment Centre
Thursday, January 7, 2021 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Canada has traditionally been a major exporter of both agricultural commodities, technology, equipment and food. Yet, in many ways, Canada’s position in global food exports indicates good potential for growth.

"The Mustard Seed": A familiar name, but what are they all …

"The Mustard Seed": A familiar name, but what are they all about and why are they coming to Lethbridge?

Byron Bradley , Managing Director of The Mustard Seed
Thursday, December 17, 2020 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

The Mustard Seed, a well-known non-profit across Western Canada, is bringing 35-plus years of experience in poverty alleviation to Lethbridge. In the cities where they serve, The Mustard Seed provides basic services, housing, and employment supports to those in need and partners with the community to address the root causes of poverty.

The Response to COVID-19: Do Lockdowns Cause more Harm than …

The Response to COVID-19: Do Lockdowns Cause more Harm than Benefit?

Dr. Ari Joffe , Adjunct Clinical Professor at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Center at the University of Alberta
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

The response to COVID-19 across the world has involved lockdowns in order to “flatten the curve” of cases and deaths. This public health response was initially based on inaccurate estimates of infection mortality rates and high-risk groups, overestimating the threat from COVID-19.

What Bears Teach Us

What Bears Teach Us

Sarah Elmeligi ,
Thursday, December 10, 2020 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Alberta’s wilderness is a rich place to live, recreate and co-exist with wildlife. Yet, are we doing enough to live harmoniously with wildlife?

Brexit: No hiding place for the UK Government

Brexit: No hiding place for the UK Government

Dr. Simon Sweeney , Senior Lecturer at the University of York Management School
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

What does Brexit really mean? The UK government’s ‘global Britain’ aspiration, and future UK-EU relations, both political and commercial, is considered.

Is it Important to add Uncomfortable Truths about Canada's …

Is it Important to add Uncomfortable Truths about Canada's Colonial History into Alberta's K-4 Curriculum?

Dr. Maura Hanrahan , Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Environment at the University of Lethbridge
Thursday, December 3, 2020 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Canada’s Indigenous people have suffered many injustices as a result of colonization. The Residential School system was one of them. Most First Nations, Metis and Inuit people today are themselves residential school survivors or the children/grandchildren of those who survived (many did not).

Canada – China Relations: Can this Relationship be Saved?

Canada – China Relations: Can this Relationship be Saved?

Dr. Gordon Houlden ,
Thursday, November 26, 2020 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

For almost two years since the December, 2018 detention of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, and the subsequent arrest of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, Canada-China relations have been at the lowest point since the 1989 Tiananmen violence, and perhaps since Canada recognized the People’s Republic of China (PRC) 50 years ago.

What did the 2020 US Election Results tell us about American …

What did the 2020 US Election Results tell us about American Voters?

Dr. Paul Fairie , Senior Research Associate at the University of Calgary
Thursday, November 19, 2020 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

In the recent US election on Nov 3, Americans voted at their highest rate in 120 years. In the vote for President, Democratic challenger Joe Biden accumulated more than 77 million votes, while Republican incumbent Donald Trump received over 72 million votes – the most and second-most in US history.

Multiple Marginalization's, Masculinities, and Militias: How …

Multiple Marginalization's, Masculinities, and Militias: How Aggrieved Masculinity is playing an Intersectional Role in the Politics of Division

Peter Kellett PhD RN ,
Thursday, November 12, 2020 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

A complex intersection of economic, political, environmental, and social conditions are fueling the rise of populism, political polarization, xenophobia, and racism in The United States, and other countries.

Lethbridge Overdose Prevention Society: Radical Love at the …

Lethbridge Overdose Prevention Society: Radical Love at the Boundary of Law

Kaley Ann Boudoin ,
Thursday, November 5, 2020 12:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Lethbridge was once home to the busiest supervised consumption site in North America, operated by ARCHES. On August 31, 2020, this supervised consumption site was permanently closed.

A Bump in the Night: Lethbridge Ghost Stories

A Bump in the Night: Lethbridge Ghost Stories

Belinda Crowson ,
Thursday, October 29, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Ghost stories are part of our community’s folklore, teaching us about ourselves and our history. Discover some of the ghost stories of southern Alberta in this light-hearted look at the things that go bump in the night.

Thank you for Your Service: How well are we Recognizing and …

Thank you for Your Service: How well are we Recognizing and Supporting Canadian Armed Forces Veterans as they re-enter Society?

Brad Hagen and Wayne King ,
Thursday, October 22, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

As we approach the 75th Veterans Day ceremonies since World War II, we hopefully prepare ourselves to remember past and current Canadian Armed Forces veterans who have served both in Canada and in numerous conflicts around the world.

This is no ordinary World Food Day. Addressing Global Hunger …

This is no ordinary World Food Day. Addressing Global Hunger in a time of COVID.

Julie Marshall ,
Thursday, October 15, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

October 16 is World Food Day. This year’s theme of the Food & Agriculture Organization is: Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together. But this is no ordinary World Food Day, hunger is on the rise due to conflict, climate change & now COVID-19.

Mental Illness Awareness Week Mental Health & Coping & …

Mental Illness Awareness Week Mental Health & Coping & Covid-19

Brad Moser ,
Thursday, October 8, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 4th-11th; a national campaign created to educate the public on the importance of mental illness, end the stigma of mental illness, and advocate for mental health support.

More Coal, Fewer Parks: The Future of Alberta's Rocky …

More Coal, Fewer Parks: The Future of Alberta's Rocky Mountains?

Katie Morrison ,
Thursday, October 1, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

When you think of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, including the Oldman Watershed in Southern Alberta, you probably think of scenic mountaintops, rolling foothills and clear blue streams.

The Politics of Education in Alberta: Is our current …

The Politics of Education in Alberta: Is our current Government's approach to Education encouraging privatization of Schools?

Bridget Stirling ,
Thursday, September 24, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Alberta already has the most choice in K-12 education in Canada, with private school pupils being funded to the tune of 70 percent per pupil compared to public school pupils, more than any other province.

Are there Issues with Kids going back to School as usual …

Are there Issues with Kids going back to School as usual during COVID-19

Brandi Rai ,
Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Recognized as the provincial organization representing parents on school councils in Alberta, Alberta School Councils’ Association (ASCA) has worked alongside other education partners and stakeholders to advise the Ministry of Education on matters related to the K-12 Re-entry plan.

Health Care in Crisis: COVID19 & Beyond

Health Care in Crisis: COVID19 & Beyond

Sandra Azocar, Executive Director Friends of Medicare ,
Thursday, September 10, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

The past few months have certainly been a difficult time for all of us, but as we look around the world and to each other, we can see that this pandemic has shone a light on the importance of Canada’s universal public health care system.

Is Lethbridge likely to experience response time delays if …

Is Lethbridge likely to experience response time delays if Emergency Dispatch is centralized in Calgary?

Warren Nelson ,
Thursday, September 3, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Recently, Alberta Health Services announced ambulance dispatch services will be consolidated across the province, pulling Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Wood Buffalo into existing EMS dispatch centres.

Annual General Meeting of Southern Alberta Council on Public …

Annual General Meeting of Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs (SACPA)

Board of DIrectors ,
Monday, June 22, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

Approval of Agenda and appointment of Secretary Adoption and discussion of Minutes – June 20, 2019 Annual Reports: Chairperson Finance Committee & Treasurer’s Report and Budget for 2020-2021

Why should people give Money to UN's World Food Program …

Why should people give Money to UN's World Food Program (WFP) or other Aid Agencies when there is so much need in the Developed World Countries?

Marwa Awad ,
Friday, June 19, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

The COVID19 crisis and its aftermath has shown that infectious diseases respect borders no more than climate change – both of which impact billions of lives, migration trends and economic prosperity worldwide.

Has the Role of Pharmacies Changed Due to the COVID-19 …

Has the Role of Pharmacies Changed Due to the COVID-19 Virus?

Ron Hendry ,
Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:00 PM
YouTube Live Stream

The COVID-19 virus has prompted many people to seek preventive medications with vitamins, minerals and probiotics flying off pharmacy shelves like hot cakes.