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No tickets, no fines at anticipated Lethbridge anti-masking protest

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – An anticipated anti-masking protest at a Lethbridge business on the weekend did not result in any tickets or fines regarding COVID-19 health measures.

Contingency plans were put in place and a visible presence of officers was established to limit what the Lethbridge Police Service says was the risk of unmasked protesters infringing on the safety and well-being of shoppers and staff.

However, nothing really materialized in terms of disruptive behaviour.

Lethbridge Police say those not originally wearing masks either complied without incident or never entered the business after the mandatory health measures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic were explained to them.

LPS will continue to monitor the situation, and enforcement of both City of Lethbridge and provincial health measures will be provided where appropriate.

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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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