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Online petition calls for Lethbridge face covering bylaw be scrapped

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An online petition is making the rounds asking that Lethbridge City Council rescind its mandatory face covering bylaw.

Last week, Council passed the temporary, masking bylaw requiring a face covering be worn at all times while in an indoor, enclosed or substantially enclosed public space or in a public vehicle like a taxi.

However, the petition on Change.org: Repeal Lethbridge Masking Bylaw 6239 states this “bylaw is a law passed out of fear, instead of facts based in science”.

Kayla Busch of Taber started the petition a few days ago and so far it’s garnered thousands of signatures.

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She says as a person who lives outside Lethbridge, but frequently shops in the city this bylaw is quote “a slippery slope”. Busch points to contradicting medical opinions on mask wearing from the U.S. Centres of Disease Control, among others.

The petition also reads,”the Lethbridge city council blatant disregard for a citizen’s rights is barbaric to say the least, no matter how temporary. 

Anyone caught not adhering to the bylaw can be fined $100, however the City says it plans to focus more on educating the public to wear masks instead.

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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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