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Freedom Rally: Small crowd holds rally outside Lethbridge City Hall

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LETHBRIDGE, AB –  A small group showed up in front of Lethbridge City Hall during the noon hour Tuesday (Jan. 12) to hold a freedom rally.

The group is upset about continued provincial government COVID-19 restrictions and the impact those are having on businesses across Alberta.

The non-mask wearing crowd held up signs reading things like: “Keep Canada Free”, “No More Lying 2021”, and “Honk If You’re Sick of Masks”.

The group was rallied by former University of Lethbridge Professor Tony Hall and controversial Calgary street preacher Artur Pawlowski. He’s been outspoken during the pandemic against health measures in churches and he was also fined $1,200 in  back in April 2020, for allegedly hosting a gathering of more than 15 people.

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About 8 or 9 Lethbridge Police officers stood watching from a distance.  The LPS issued a release Tuesday afternoon stating officers are investigating the matter presently, and charges may be pending.

Pawlowski lambasted government MLAs who travelled during the Christmas holidays while telling Albertans to stay at home, comparing them to the Nazis. He even questioned why police were even nearby to watch “a peaceful assembly”.

A number of rallies and vehicle convoys have happened over the last couple of months, in and around Lethbridge and in other areas of the province to protest mandatory COVID-19 health restrictions.

Tuesday’s rally, organized by the group “We the People YQL”, was meant to show support for local businesses.

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On Monday, Lethbridge Police sent out a news release saying they were working with Alberta Health Services to address the potential opening of several small businesses, which goes against current health measures. One business was charged under the Public Health Act with contravening a public health order since it was open for business.

The owner has been ordered to appear in court on Jan. 22nd.

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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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