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Letters to the Editor – from Edward Sawdon

I believe a national pharmacare program is long overdue To the Editor: We live in a very difficult and uncertain times with this global coronavirus pandemic. With thousands being temporarily or permanently unemployed, and almost a million Canadians filing for…
Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson Week 10

Describing the weather. Lili NormandExpresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts Talking about weather is part of an everyday conversation in Canada. You can use the following expressions when checking the weather. Está soleado – (Ehs-tah soh-leh-ah-doh).It means. “It is sunny.”…
Pandemic gives government perfect excuse to monitor us

Fergus HodgsonTroy Media Crises are the perfect breeding ground for authoritarians and social engineers. The extreme measures governments have rolled out to contain the COVID-19 pandemic remind us that fear often trumps any proportionality or civil-liberties concern. Since it originated…
A less naïve Canada on foreign policy?

Gerry BowlerFrontier Centre for Public Policy Pope Francis gave a speech recently in which he praised attachment to one’s own culture and place, criticizing global capitalism with its “consumerist vision of human beings” for its “levelling effect on cultures, diminishing…
Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson Week 5

Spring words – Part 2 Lili NormandExpresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts We are now enjoying sunny days and people are spending time outside. You can use the words learned from last week and add them to these expressions. Vamos…
Gardening: We ask, you answer

Responses to a Leader Facebook survey. Day 1“When do you plant your seeds?”With 25 responses, the most popular answer was “some time after May long weekend.”Tied for second place was “May long weekend, on the dot” and “they are already…
How’s your Internet? MP wants to know

Leader staff Last week, Arnold Viersen, Member of Parliament for Peace River-Westlock, joined his Conservative colleagues to seek feedback on the issue of rural internet access. “I hear regularly from residents who know all too well the challenges to access…
Letters to the Editor – from Brian Pitcairn

Gun-control bill hurts the wrong people To the Editor: Recently the Ottawa Liberals issued a federal order in council banning in Canada a large number of rifles. These are called ‘military assault rifles,’ but no one knows what that name…
Helium: the next black diamond?

Commentary by Pearl Lorentzen On May 13, the Alberta government announced a royalty rate for helium because of “soaring helium interest.” In the not-so-distant past, oil was in demand. Years earlier, coal was the hot ticket item. Now, it might…
Kids Letters to the Editor

Gardening Grade 4 students at E.G. Wahlstrom To the Editor: The purpose of gardening is to create more healthy foods for people to eat, and planting flowers adds more oxygen into the air. It is also a time to have…