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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Mustard Seed sober shelter voted down by Lethbridge City Council

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Another blow to the Mustard Seed when it comes to plans for setting up shop in Lethbridge.

After a very long meeting which wrapped up just before midnight Tuesday, City Councillors decided to vote against a rezoning application at 110 – 13th Street South.

That was to allow the Mustard Seed to operate a sober shelter, drop-in centre, soup kitchen, and food bank.

Council voted 7-2 against the rezoning application with only Mayor Chris Spearman and Councillor Rob Miyashiro voting yes.

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A number of businesses in that immediate area spoke against the proposal during a public hearing which also took place Tuesday.

This is the second time in the past few months the non-profit Christian organization has hit a road block here.

The Mustard Seed pulled its plans to rezone the Ramada Hotel along Mayor Magrath Drive for a supportive living facility after it was unable to get federal funding.

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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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