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Rainbow flag raised at Taber provincial building

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The rainbow flag is flying at Taber’s Provincial Building, having been raised Saturday afternoon during the community’s third annual Pride Fest.
The former NDP government first allowed the pride flag to fly at the provincial building last summer after it had been stolen and then vandalized on town property the year before. After those events, Taber Town Council decided against allowing any flag that wasn’t the Town of Taber, Province of Alberta or Canadian flag to fly at town-owned facilities.
Opposition Leader Rachel Notley wasn’t in attendance but did send a video message to the Taber Equality Alliance via Twitter thanking volunteers for their hard work and wishing them “Happy Pride Taber.”
Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan, however, was on hand to speak at the flag raising, saying important progress is being made toward a more inclusive society.
Khan is the first openly-gay leader of an Alberta political party.
He also took the opportunity to sign a letter in support of the Senate Bill S-260 to ban conversion therapy, tabled by Senator Serge Joyal on April 9, 2019.
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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