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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Mayor Spearman responds to closure of Lethbridge Supervised Consumption Site

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Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman says the health and safety of the community is the city’s continued top priority.

Spearman issued a statement Thursday (Aug. 13) after ARCHES announced this week it is shutting down the local Supervised Consumption Site as of August 31st.

A few week ago, the UCP government pulled grant funding from the organization following a concerning audit.

Spearman says he understands there are concerns from businesses and community members around the changes related to supervised consumption, needle pick-up, and outreach here in the city. “The City of Lethbridge will support our provincial health partners so they can provide the best care possible to our residents. When we are aware of what the new services in our community will look like, that information will be shared with residents.”

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The Mayor notes Alberta Health has declared its commitment to move toward a treatment and recovery model of care for our community, which he believes “will address many social issues in our city.”

“Decisions around changes to health services in Lethbridge are the responsibility of Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services,” says Spearman.

A mobile SCS will soon be located outside the shelter to be operated by AHS. Spearman says the City of Lethbridge has participated in the permitting process for electrical access to this unit as well as a parking permit.

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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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