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City of Lethbridge extends mask-wearing bylaw to February 23; will also seek public input

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Lethbridge’s often controversial, temporary face covering bylaw is being extended by another month.

The bylaw, which was put into effect back in August, aims to help in curbing the  spread of COVID-19 and since then other Alberta communities have instituted similar bylaws.

However, some people believe wearing masks does more harm than good and infringes on their rights and freedoms. That’s resulted in anti-masking rallies in some places.

Although there is a fine attached to anyone not wearing a mask in an open public space, the City of Lethbridge has said it is focusing on education as opposed to enforcement.

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In a 6-3 decision on Monday (Nov. 30), Councillors voted to extend the face covering bylaw to at least February 23rd. It was set to expire in early January.

Council also voted to hold a public hearing in February to gather pubic feedback on the bylaw.

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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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