Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

Dr. Hillary Rodrigues ,
Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Those two simple greetings are the subject of much controversy and cause headaches for many at this time of the year.

Polar Possibilities: Adventures in Paradise

Polar Possibilities: Adventures in Paradise

Brain Keating ,
Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:00 PM
University of Lethbridge

This is a polar celebration of wildlife and adventure to two of our planets last great wilderness areas. Brian Keating’s previous job at the Calgary Zoo was to raise money and then to spend it on environmental projects around the world.

Going Wild: Where are the Planet's Best Wilderness …

Going Wild: Where are the Planet's Best Wilderness Locations?

Brian Keating ,
Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

A spirit-lifting journey into some of the planet’s best wilderness locations. His passion for remote travel will be revealed as only Brian can do, with his buoyant method of storytelling.

Curbing Civil Liberties: What can Canadians Expect after …

Curbing Civil Liberties: What can Canadians Expect after the Recent Attacks on Soldiers and the Parliament?

Dr. Paul Viminitz ,
Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Recently, a gunman attacked Canada’s Parliament shortly after he fatally wounded a soldier at the nearby war memorial. The suspect was eventually killed inside Parliament before harming anyone else.

Who is ISIS and where are They Taking the Arab World?

Who is ISIS and where are They Taking the Arab World?

Imam and Professor Syed Soharwardy ,
Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

In recent months we have watched the “Islamic State”, (ISIS) sweep through Syria and Iraq, terrifying much of the population and enraging people everywhere by beheading several journalists while vowing to bring their war to North America.

Is Strategic Bombing the Best Way to Deal with ISIS?

Is Strategic Bombing the Best Way to Deal with ISIS?

Imam and Professor Syed Soharwardy ,
Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:00 PM
University of Lethbridge

In recent months we have watched the “Islamic State”, (ISIS) sweep through Syria and Iraq, terrifying much of the population and enraging people everywhere by beheading several journalists while vowing to bring their war to North America.

What are the Most Critical Issues Facing Orphaned African …

What are the Most Critical Issues Facing Orphaned African Children?

Louise Breadner ,
Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS.

Women's Reproductive Autonomy and Legal Access to Abortion: …

Women's Reproductive Autonomy and Legal Access to Abortion: How can we Ensure Broader, Democratic Access?

Carol Williams, Brittney Adams and Shannon Ingram ,
Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:00 PM
University of Lethbridge

For the past several decades, conservative forces in the US and Canada have worked to finance and organize Christian fundamentalist sects, the Catholic Church and other organizations to become potentially destabilizing of progressive democratic principles and practices.

Alberta's NDP Party: New Leader, Enhanced Perspective?

Alberta's NDP Party: New Leader, Enhanced Perspective?

Rachel Notley, MLA and Leader of Alberta's NDP Party ,
Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Alberta’s NDP Party: New Leader, Enhanced Perspective? The new leader of Alberta’s NDP party, Rachel Notley, received 70 per cent of the votes cast on the first ballot, easily defeating two other candidates in the recent NDP leadership race.

Southern Alberta as a Clean Energy Hub – What are the …

Southern Alberta as a Clean Energy Hub – What are the Opportunities and Challenges?

Tim Weis & Rob Harlan ,
Thursday, November 6, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Alberta’s electricity system is at a cross-roads. Coal, which has been the dominant source of electricity in the province for a generation is slowly being phased out, while industrial growth forecasts mean Alberta’s electricity system will double in size over the next 20 years.

End Game on Easter Island: A Sign of Things to Come?

End Game on Easter Island: A Sign of Things to Come?

Kent Peacock ,
Thursday, October 30, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is one of the most remote places of human habitation in the world. It is famed for its iconic statuary and as a tragic example of ecological collapse.

What is the Efficacy and Safety of the HPV Vaccine?

What is the Efficacy and Safety of the HPV Vaccine?

Nubia Muñoz MD MPH ,
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:00 PM
Dr. Foster James Penny Building

Millions of people around the world are currently infected with the genital human papillomavirus (HPV) and as many as half of these infections are among adolescents and young adults, ages 15 through 24 years of age.

Who Will Benefit From the Sale of AltaLink?

Who Will Benefit From the Sale of AltaLink?

Joe Anglin MLA ,
Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

The federal government recently approved the pending sale of an Alberta utility provider to an American company. Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s application to buy AltaLink in a deal worth $3.

Why Is It So Hard: The Dilemma of Social Justice

Why Is It So Hard: The Dilemma of Social Justice

Thomas King ,
Monday, October 20, 2014 1:00 PM
University of Lethbridge

Social justice dilemmas are situations in which collective interests are at odds with private interests. Such situations arise when faced with prioritizing either short-term selfish interests or the long-term interests of a group, organization, or society.

Can Alberta's New Premier Re-Invent the PC Party?

Can Alberta's New Premier Re-Invent the PC Party?

Bonnie Farries ,
Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

The ability to change and survive under new leaders and different circumstances are the strength of any long-ruling political party. Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party has successfully rebranded itself in previous years, often using “new leadership” as a strategy.

Tackling Domestic Violence: Are We Winning or Losing?

Tackling Domestic Violence: Are We Winning or Losing?

Michele Montgomery, BSW, RSW ,
Thursday, October 9, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

This past September, NFL football star for the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Price, was suspended indefinitely after a video circulated showing him beating his (now) wife in an elevator.

Lethbridge's Strategic Plan: What are the Costs and Benefits …

Lethbridge's Strategic Plan: What are the Costs and Benefits of Growth?

Mayor Chris Spearman ,
Thursday, October 2, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

The current Lethbridge City Council was elected to serve a four-year term in October 2013. Although much of the effort of City Council is focused on day-to-day, week-to-week governance matters, Council also recognizes that they are largely responsible for the direction of development in the community.

The Canadian Senate: To Be or Not To Be?

The Canadian Senate: To Be or Not To Be?

Dr. Lois Wilson ,
Thursday, September 25, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Many Canadian provinces used to have upper chambers, known as provincial legislative councils; the last one to be abolished was Quebec’s in 1968.

Striving for Fairness: How does Alberta's Ombudsman Connect …

Striving for Fairness: How does Alberta's Ombudsman Connect the Dots?

Peter Hourihan ,
Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

In 1967, Alberta became the first jurisdiction in North America and the tenth in the world to create an ombudsoffice. One of seven Legislative Officers for Alberta, the Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner reports directly to the Legislature and is meant to promote fairness in public administration and investigate complaints from individuals regarding unfair actions or decisions made by provincial government departments, agencies and some professional organizations.

Politics vs. Policy: The Root Causes of Controversial …

Politics vs. Policy: The Root Causes of Controversial Legislation

Dr. Trevor Harrison ,
Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Since first coming to office in 2006, and especially since obtaining a majority in the 2011 federal election, the Conservative government of Stephen Harper has steadfastly adopted a range of controversial policies on such things as climate change, crime, drugs, Aboriginal issues, electoral reform, information access, military procurement, statistics, surveillance, taxes, and more recently prostitution.

Are Most People Energy Illiterate?

Are Most People Energy Illiterate?

Jason Donev ,
Thursday, September 4, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

The greatest challenge to modern society comes from the twin problems of getting the energy needed to support life and the consequences of getting that energy.

SACPA Annual General Meeting

SACPA Annual General Meeting

various ,
Thursday, June 19, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

The Board of Directors invites all members and supporters to the AGM. All paid up members receive a free lunch! Non-members pay $11.

Does Alberta need a New Political Party?

Does Alberta need a New Political Party?

Greg Clark ,
Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Alberta has a new political party on Prov. scene. Greg Clark will discuss the history of the modern Alberta Party and talk about how societal changes driven by the rise of social media and legitimate concerns about the environmental impact of our energy industry, including climate change, are altering the expectations of Alberta voters.

Are There Better Options to Settle the Blood Tribe Farm Land …

Are There Better Options to Settle the Blood Tribe Farm Land Disputes than Going Through the Courts?

Rep. from Blood Tribe Chief and Council, Lois Frank and Eugene Fox ,
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 1:00 PM
University of Lethbridge

Two recent disputes about who are entitled to farm Blood Tribe agricultural land have ended up in Federal and Provincial Court respectively.

Are Temporary Foreign Workers Needed If There's No Labour …

Are Temporary Foreign Workers Needed If There's No Labour Shortage?

Susan McDaniel ,
Thursday, June 5, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Research indicate there is no evidence of a national labour shortage at present or into the foreseeable future, and furthermore, there are large groups of underutilized populations who could join the workforce or be more fully employed.

Aging in Place: What are the Issues?

Aging in Place: What are the Issues?

Austin Mardon ,
Thursday, May 29, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Aging-in-place is a concept that supports the choice of older adults to remain living in their preferred environment for as long as possible even if circumstances change.

Medical Help to Die – The Ethics of Providing Choice for …

Medical Help to Die – The Ethics of Providing Choice for Canadians

Michael Stingl ,
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:00 PM
Lethbridge Public Library

SACPA in Partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library presents a SACPA special evening session: Medical Help to Die – The Ethics of Providing Choice for Canadians

Toxicology of Pesticides: Mechanisms of action and impacts …

Toxicology of Pesticides: Mechanisms of action and impacts on health

Alice Hontela ,
Thursday, May 22, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Pesticides are chemicals of natural or synthetic origin, used to kill unwanted animals or plants including algae, weeds, insects, or rodents, organisms which may lower crop yields, cause or transmit diseases, damage structures and in general, have undesired impacts.

Energy superpower or pipeline poverty? That is the question

Energy superpower or pipeline poverty? That is the question

Kenneth Green ,
Thursday, May 15, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Studies of Canada’s economy largely demonstrate that Canada’s economic well-being will be reliant on natural resource production, use, and export for decades to come.

The Federal Governments Proposed Fair Elections Act: How …

The Federal Governments Proposed Fair Elections Act: How Fair Is It?

Duane Bratt ,
Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Canada’s election laws may be about to change. A major government bill, the Fair Elections Act, is working its way through the House of Commons but has proven controversial.

2014 Lethbridge Municipal By-Election Forum for Councillor

2014 Lethbridge Municipal By-Election Forum for Councillor

candidates ,
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:00 PM
Lethbridge Public Library

Due to the untimely death of Councillor Wade Galloway, the City of Lethbridge has scheduled a councillor by-election to be held on Monday, May 12, 2014

Power from the Sun: The ups and downs of installing solar in …

Power from the Sun: The ups and downs of installing solar in Lethbridge

Mark Goettel ,
Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Light from the sun travels approximately 150,000,000 km to reach the earth in 8 minutes and 19 seconds. The energy of this sunlight supports almost all life on Earth by photosynthesis and drives Earth’s climate and weather.

Changes to the Federal Governments Urban Aboriginal …

Changes to the Federal Governments Urban Aboriginal Strategy: What are the Options for the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge?

Linda Many Guns and Jacinda Weiss ,
Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

The federal government announced it will consolidate four programs into two on Feb 6, 2013 and provide more support to the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) for the delivery of programs.

Growing Grain: What Issues are Canadian Grain Producers …

Growing Grain: What Issues are Canadian Grain Producers Facing

Gary Stanford ,
Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Canadian grain farmers typically battle a range of difficulties from weather related events to escalating input and equipment cost to fluctuations of returns.

Burning Issues Facing Albertans from an Opposition MLA's …

Burning Issues Facing Albertans from an Opposition MLA's Perspective

Raj Sherman ,
Thursday, April 3, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

The Alberta Liberal Party has since April, 2012 observed Alberta’s Conservative Government struggle through many controversies including the delivery of health care and several other hot button issues including resource management.

How are Canadian Military Veterans Surviving in a Civilian …

How are Canadian Military Veterans Surviving in a Civilian World?

Steve Critchley ,
Thursday, March 27, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Many recent events have brought the issues of Canadian military veterans to public attention. There is concern about suicide and they often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Developing a First Nations Education Act in Canada: A good …

Developing a First Nations Education Act in Canada: A good idea or misguided legislation?

Brenda Gail Fox, Kanakii Mekaisto, Genevieve Bruised Head ,
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 1:00 PM
Lethbridge Public Library

(Special Session in partnership with the Lethbridge Public Library) Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Venue: Lethbridge Public Library Theatre Gallery, Main Branch, 810 – 5th Ave.

A Truly Diverse and Equal Society: The Benefits of Promoting …

A Truly Diverse and Equal Society: The Benefits of Promoting Acceptance over Tolerance?

Suzanne Doerge ,
Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

In broad terms, diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. It means respect for and appreciation of differences in ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education, and religion.

Rising Challenges from the Middle East

Rising Challenges from the Middle East

Gershon Baskin ,
Thursday, March 13, 2014 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

With Iran on the verge of deploying nuclear weapons, the Al-Qaeda global militant Islamist organization becoming more active throughout the region, the ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Syrian Ba’ath Party government and those seeking to oust it and the ever changing political and security situation in Egypt, the world stands at a critical moment in Middle East affairs.

How is Peace in Israel, Palestine and the Middle East …

How is Peace in Israel, Palestine and the Middle East Possible?

Gershon Baskin ,
Thursday, March 13, 2014 1:00 PM
University of Lethbridge

The peace process in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict has taken shape over the years despite the ongoing violence which has prevailed since the beginning of the conflict.

What Happened at the Sochi Winter Olympics? An Inside Story

What Happened at the Sochi Winter Olympics? An Inside Story

Arden Shibley ,
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Arden Shibley just returned from the Sochi Winter Olympic Games after spending more than two weeks experiencing Russia’s first attempt at hosting such winter games.

The Pros and the Cons of Abolishing the Indian Act

The Pros and the Cons of Abolishing the Indian Act

Paul Chartrand ,
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 PM
University of Lethbridge

Recent events has brought issues of treaties, reserves, land claims, and the Indian Act to the forefront of political discourse in Canada.

Burning Issues Facing Lethbridge from an MLA's Perspective

Burning Issues Facing Lethbridge from an MLA's Perspective

Greg Weadick ,
Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

For the past several months, two “hot button” topics are often leading the headlines in our local media. The proposed move by the province to centralize 911 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Dispatch Centres and the planned application by Goldenkey Oil Inc.

Pesticides in Agriculture: Past, Present and Future

Pesticides in Agriculture: Past, Present and Future

Claudia Sheedy ,
Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Pesticides have played a great role in the green revolution by improving food production around the world and helping reduce disease transmission by insect vectors.

Student Speaker Challenge FINAL

Student Speaker Challenge FINAL

Courtney Rieger and Abby Morning Bull ,
Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:00 PM
University of Lethbridge

Freedom of Speech: What does it Mean to You? The fifth annual Student Speaker Challenge kicked off on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 with a total of eight students competing in this year’s event addressing the question: “Freedom of Speech: What Does it Mean to You?

Burning Issues Facing Albertans and their MLA's

Burning Issues Facing Albertans and their MLA's

Gary Bikman ,
Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

The official opposition Wildrose Party has, since April 2012, observed Alberta’s provincial government experience many controversies, including oil sands management, resource development, the delivery of health care and Premier Allison Redford’s style of governing.

Workplace pensions a thing of the past: Will the first …

Workplace pensions a thing of the past: Will the first generation to enjoy retirement security also be the last?

Shannon Phillips ,
Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

In the fall of 2013, Alberta’s Finance Minister Doug Horner announced major changes to the pension plans Alberta’s frontline workers in health care, education, emergency services, cities, towns, colleges, and universities pay into.

Investments, Pensions and Retirement: What are the Issues?

Investments, Pensions and Retirement: What are the Issues?

Shawn Hass ,
Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

For many people, just having money to set aside for savings or investments is a stretch. Then there’s the issue of what to do if extra funds are available.

Have Biofuels Proven to be Effective and are They …

Have Biofuels Proven to be Effective and are They Sustainable?

Kelsey Prenevost ,
Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

It is largely accepted that our society will have to face the reality of climate change. The repercussions from shifts in our climate arguable include alteration of crop patterns, increasing sea levels and severe weather conditions.

Use of Force by Law Enforcement: How Much is Appropriate?

Use of Force by Law Enforcement: How Much is Appropriate?

Vaughan Hembroff ,
Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:00 PM
Lethbridge College

Recent shooting incidents by the Toronto police have highlighted concerns about how our Canadian police use force. Was it for example good judgment when a cop fired multiple shots into a streetcar killing a sole occupant last July and was it an isolated incident or a sign of a disturbing pattern when RCMP officers tasered an unarmed Robert Dziekanski, who later died, in the Vancouver Airport a few year earlier?

Christian Prayers in Alberta's Public Schools: What are the …

Christian Prayers in Alberta's Public Schools: What are the Issues?

Amy von Heyking ,
Thursday, January 9, 2014 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Alberta has one of the most diverse school systems in the world. Its public schools offer a range of specialized alternative programs, from sports academies, to language immersion programs, to faith-based schools.