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ARCHES closing Lethbridge’s Supervised Consumption Site

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The Lethbridge Supervised Consumption Site (SCS) is closing up shop.

ARCHES, the local organization which had been running and operating the facility, has sent a letter to neighbouring businesses to inform them of what’s taking place.

The letter states effective August 31st, ARCHES will no longer be providing supervised consumption, needle collection, or outreach services.

ARCHES is expected to vacate the 1st Avenue South location before the end of September. The letter goes on to read “while we await further information regarding transition planning for these services in Lethbridge, please contact 311 with any concerns (i.e. encampment removal, needle collection, etc.)”

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A few weeks ago, a damning audit report released by the UCP government outlined more than $1.6-million in unaccounted public funds at the local SCS.

Members of the Lethbridge Police Service Economic Crimes Unit are investigating to see if any criminal charges could stem from that audit.

ARCHES issued a news release (below) Wednesday afternoon.

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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 New 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.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

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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