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GoFundMe page raising money for group running pop-up drug injection site

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The organizer of a controversial drug injection site which popped up last week in some downtown Lethbridge parks has started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for the cause.

Tim Slaney started the online fundraising initiative a few weeks ago and it’s already brought in over $13,000 in financial support by mid-morning Wednesday (Sept. 30).

Slaney, a former employee at ARCHES, says the new Lethbridge Overdose Prevention Society was founded in response to the Alberta government’s “irresponsible decision to close the Supervised Consumption Site”.

On the Go Fund Me Page, Slaney goes on to say as a group of dedicated harm reduction advocates they “couldn’t sit by and watch our friends, loved ones, and neighbours overdose and die”.

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The City of Lethbridge issued the group a $300 fine this week for setting up a tent in a park without having a permit.

Despite some residents upset about the unsanctioned injection site and calls from the province to have it shut down, Slaney says in the coming weeks the group will continue to advocate to Health Canada to recognize them as a response to the urgent public health need in Lethbridge and exercise their power to grant an exemption.

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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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