Lethbridge Finest and Furriest: Lethbridge Police Canine …

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

Constable James DeMone and PSD Arco ,
Thursday, December 20, 2018 12:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

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

Maral Kiani Tari ,
Thursday, December 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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, …

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

Bramwell Strain, Lethbridge City Manager ,
Thursday, December 6, 2018 12:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

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

David Kahn ,
Thursday, November 29, 2018 12:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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?

Religious Rights and Freedom of Conscience: Are they always …

Religious Rights and Freedom of Conscience: Are they always Compatible with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

Katharina Stevens, Geoffrey Capp and James Linville ,
Monday, November 26, 2018 12:00 PM
Lethbridge Public Library

For example, in late 2017, the Canadian government announced changes to its Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program that sparked debate over the program’s constitutionality.

Is it the Right Time to Build a new Trade Centre at …

Is it the Right Time to Build a new Trade Centre at Exhibition Park?

Rudy Friesen and Michael Wuchterl ,
Monday, November 26, 2018 12:00 PM
Exhibition Park

For 120 years, the Lethbridge & District Exhibition has provided programming and facilities focused on agricultural, social, entertainment, cultural and economic needs of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.

Ecological Grief is not new, but on the Rise – How can we …

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

Amy Spark and Jodi Lammiman ,
Thursday, November 22, 2018 12:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

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

Dr. Alina Turner, Kimberly Lyall and Michael Boh ,
Thursday, November 15, 2018 12:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

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

Larry Elford ,
Thursday, November 8, 2018 12:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 – and Why it Needs to be Banned

Devon Hargreaves and Jenn Takahashi ,
Thursday, November 1, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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.

Are the Proposed Restrictions and Bans Appropriate for Off …

Are the Proposed Restrictions and Bans Appropriate for Off Highway Vehicle Riders Using Alberta's Public Lands?

Sofie Forsstrom, Joanna Skrajny, Gary Clark and Lorne Fitch ,
Monday, October 29, 2018 1:00 PM
Lethbridge Public Library

Are the Proposed Restrictions and Bans Appropriate for Off Highway Vehicle Riders Using Alberta’s Public Lands? In May 2018, the provincial government released long-term plans for the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills area, a vast region of mountains, foothills, valleys, rivers and creeks covering almost 2000 square kilometres in southwest Alberta.

Did Canada get Trumped by Signing the US/Mexico/Canada Trade …

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

Dr. Chris Kukucha ,
Thursday, October 25, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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

Thinking Globally, Thinking Nationally

Thinking Globally, Thinking Nationally

Julie Young, Kamrul Islam, Celeste Barns and Pascal Ghazalian ,
Monday, October 22, 2018 1:00 PM
Lethbridge Public Library

Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy has invited SACPA to co-sponsor this public panel discussion, which will focus on issues such as Trade, Climate Change, Borders as well as Refugees and Asylum Seekers.

Hurricane Devastation in Dominica: The New Normal? …

Hurricane Devastation in Dominica: The New Normal? Responsibilities?

Steve Hypolite and Maurice Hollingsworth ,
Thursday, October 18, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

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

Fuad Abboud and Mark Ayyash ,
Thursday, October 11, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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: …

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

Dr. Sean Wilde MD, CCFP-EM ,
Thursday, October 4, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

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

Robert Harvie, Cyndi Starzyk-Frey and Harvey Labuhn ,
Thursday, September 27, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

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

Joel French ,
Thursday, September 20, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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

Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents

Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents

Mark Sakamoto ,
Saturday, September 15, 2018 1:00 PM
University of Lethbridge

Mark Sakamoto’s 2017 memoir, Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents, beautifully chronicles the stories of his grandparents and their struggles during the war years.

Lethbridge Taxpayers will be on the Hook if Calgary Gets to …

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

Tom Sindlinger ,
Thursday, September 13, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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?

How Widespread is Elder Abuse in Lethbridge?

Lavonn Mutch, Rob Miyashiro, Joanne Blinco and Erin Vogt ,
Thursday, September 6, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

2018 Annual General Meeting of Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs

Knud Petersen ,
Thursday, June 28, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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

Grappling with the Monster – Alcohol Abuse

Al Barnhill ,
Thursday, June 21, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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?

Do Oil Pipelines Make Any Sense?

Ricardo Acuna ,
Thursday, June 14, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

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

George Porter ,
Thursday, June 7, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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?

Do Hutterite Colony Farmers have Advantageous Tax Status?

Gord Tait ,
Thursday, May 31, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

Alberta Politics, Budgets and Pipelines – the Alberta Party Perspective

Stephen Mandel ,
Thursday, May 24, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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

Israel@70: past, present and future

Judy Shapiro, Jared Shore and Jeffrey Smith ,
Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

Is Supply Management in Agriculture a Hindrance at Trade Discussions?

Dr. Danny Le Roy ,
Thursday, May 10, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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?

Should Canada Adopt a Guaranteed Annual Income?

Dr Trevor Harrison ,
Thursday, May 3, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

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

Dr. Chris Kukucha ,
Thursday, April 26, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

Is Incarceration the Correct Response for FASD Affected Offenders?

Sabrina Hacker ,
Thursday, April 19, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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 …

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

Dr. Chris Hopkinson and Dr. Laura Chasmer ,
Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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?

Can Neuroscience Help First Nations Communities Heal?

Dr. Bryan Kolb ,
Thursday, April 5, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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

Alberta Politics, Budgets and Pipelines – Premier Rachel …

Alberta Politics, Budgets and Pipelines – Premier Rachel Notley's Perspective

Premier Rachel Notley ,
Thursday, March 29, 2018 1:00 PM
Southminster United Church

The Honourable Premier Rachel Notley has graciously made herself available to Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs (SACPA) for a speaking event.

How can Consumers keep up? Changes in Alberta's Electricity …

How can Consumers keep up? Changes in Alberta's Electricity Sector

Chris Hunt ,
Thursday, March 22, 2018 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

There are several significant shifts underway in Alberta’s electricity sector including: the phase-out of coal power plants, the Renewable Energy Program, development of micro and community generation, the design of the capacity market, changes to the regulated rate option (RRO) including a price cap, and banning of door-to-door energy sales.

How will Retail Legislation for Cannabis (Marijuana) be …

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

Mack Andrews ,
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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.

Is Demographics and Diversity changing Lethbridge? Are we …

Is Demographics and Diversity changing Lethbridge? Are we growing Bigger and Better or just Bigger?

Sarah Amies ,
Thursday, March 15, 2018 1:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

It can be argued that one of Lethbridge’s greatest assets is its diverse and dynamic population, which continues to grow at a steady pace and now sits at over 100.

Did the Accused Killers of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine …

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

Ingrid Hess ,
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 1:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion

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.

Women in Science: Why are there Relatively Few?

Women in Science: Why are there Relatively Few?

Dr. Jennifer Mather ,
Thursday, March 8, 2018 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Although much of the world’s scientific research have been done by women, science is arguably still dominated by men, even though a sizable number of women enter the science and engineering fields.

Reflections on Land Use in Alberta

Reflections on Land Use in Alberta

Hon. Shannon Phillips ,
Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 PM
University of Lethbridge

The speaker will discuss some of the Alberta Governments tensions, balances, successes, and failures, of managing, conserving, and using the natural resources, wildlife, and lands of Alberta.

Is the Canadian Government's new Mandate for its Summer Job …

Is the Canadian Government's new Mandate for its Summer Job Program Grants Respectful of Religious Rights and Freedom of Conscience?

Dr. Katharina Stevens ,
Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

The Canada Summer Jobs Program now states that In order to receive federal Canada job grants, employers must attest that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect Canada’s individual human rights, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights.

Should Affordable Early Learning and Child Care Centre's be …

Should Affordable Early Learning and Child Care Centre's be Widely Available to Alberta Families?

Hon. Danielle Larivee, Minister of Children's Services ,
Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

In April 2017, Alberta announced Phase 1 of the Early Learning and Child Care Centres (ELCC) pilot program capping fees at 22 quality child care centres at $25 per day per child.

Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and …

Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life

Dr. James Daschuk ,
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:00 PM
Southminster United Church

Examining how Canada gained control of western Canada, it can be argued that they did it without regard by taking advantage of a famine caused mainly by the loss of bison populations, but also due to an overwhelming influx of settlers.

Oil's Deep State: Does the Petroleum Industry Undermine …

Oil's Deep State: Does the Petroleum Industry Undermine Democracy?

Dr. Kevin Taft ,
Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:00 PM
University of Lethbridge

For all the wealth they potentially possess, Alberta’s vast petroleum reserves have arguably been badly mismanaged since the early 1990s both in terms of collecting proper royalties and environmental sustainability.

Oil's Deep State: Does the Petroleum Industry Undermine …

Oil's Deep State: Does the Petroleum Industry Undermine Democracy?

Dr. Kevin Taft ,
Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

For all the wealth they potentially possess, Alberta’s vast petroleum reserves have arguably been badly mismanaged since the early 1990s both in terms of collecting proper royalties and environmental sustainability.

Will Bison once again be Roaming Southern Alberta and …

Will Bison once again be Roaming Southern Alberta and Northern Montana?

Dr. Leroy Little Bear ,
Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

A historic treaty to bring back bison (buffalo) was signed in 2014 in Montana by First Nations and tribes on both sides of the Canada-United States border.

Can Private Land Conservation Maintain Biodiversity?and …

Can Private Land Conservation Maintain Biodiversity?and Healthy Watersheds in Alberta's Foothills?

Justin Thompson ,
Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Maintaining healthy landscapes has benefits that extend well beyond the boundaries of a given property. These ecological services include things like water filtration and storage, healthy wildlife populations, and aesthetic values which support tourism and the preservation of our heritage.

Bees and Pollinators: Are they Essential to Our Food Supply?

Bees and Pollinators: Are they Essential to Our Food Supply?

Chelsea Sherbut ,
Thursday, January 25, 2018 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Pollinators are insects and animals that carry pollen from one plant to another. These include honey bees, wild bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, ants, birds and more.

Is Publicly Funded Research Important – and at Risk?

Is Publicly Funded Research Important – and at Risk?

Dr. Claudia Malacrida ,
Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

A top priority of Canada’s Liberal government has been – after a long period of stagnation – to reassess Canada’s federal funding of university-based research.

Out of the Home and Into History: Intersectional and …

Out of the Home and Into History: Intersectional and Systemic Barriers to Leaving Abusive Relationships

Jaisie Walker ,
Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Recognition and discussion around violence and abuse has recently been prominent in social media campaigns, particularly with the #metoo campaign. Why are these age-old topics still today so easily being brushed under the rug?

Do Parks Protect Nature?

Do Parks Protect Nature?

Kevin van Tighem ,
Thursday, January 4, 2018 12:00 PM
Country Kitchen Catering

Controversy over new parks in the Castle area has been as intense and divisive as ongoing debates over development in Banff and Waterton.