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Alberta investing $43 million into provincial parks, $7.2 million in the south

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The UCP government is spending $43 million to enhance, repair and protect Alberta’s provincial parks and at the same time, creating more than 290 jobs.

Tax dollars will be used to improve trails and pathways, as well as upgrade day-use areas and campgrounds all across Alberta.

During an announcement Tuesday (Sept. 15), Premier Jason Kenney said Alberta is blessed with some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in our country.

“That’s why we are committed to making sure our parks remain accessible and beautiful for years to come with upgrades to the paths and facilities visitors rely on. These projects will get Albertans back to work by creating hundreds of jobs when we need them most,” said the Premier.

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Parks around the south region will be getting more than $7.2 for upgrades, however exactly which parks aren’t known right now.

Additionally, the provincial government is strengthening ties with non-profits and conservation societies to help maintain and protect Alberta parks and Crown land.

Capital funding by region for parks and public lands:

  • Kananaskis Region Parks – $15,230,000
  • South Region Parks – $7,208,000
  • Northeast Region Parks – $7,195,500
  • Central Region Parks – $4,475,000
  • Northwest Region Parks – $2,435,000
  • Public lands (across Alberta) – $6,156,000
  • Provincial accessibility projects (to be determined) – $500,000
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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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