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Ipsos Survey: Illegal drugs most important concern for Lethbridge residents

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The number one issue Lethbridge residents want addressed is illegal drugs.

At the start of budget deliberations Monday (Nov. 23), City Council received a presentation on a recent Ipsos telephone survey around budget priorities.

You can read the full survey here: 2020 Budget Priorities Survey

It shows 43% of residents say drug issues along with an injection site is the most important thing Council needs to focus on.

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That’s a huge increase from a similar survey conducted just two years ago when those same concerns came in at just 4%.

Social issues like homelessness and affordable housing along with racism and poverty are second most important at 21%.

Crime, taxes and government spending round out the top concerns in the survey.

Ipsos polled 401 adult Lethbridge residents between late August and early September.

City Council is meeting all this week as Finance Committee as it looks to hammer out an operating budget heading into 2021.

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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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