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Lethbridge face-covering bylaw will remain for now

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – It looks like Lethbridge’s temporary mask-wearing bylaw will remain in place for a while longer.

Councillors were poised to vote Tuesday on whether or not to repeal the local face-covering bylaw 24 hours after the province enters stage three of its summer reopening plan.

The final phase would lift all pandemic restrictions including Alberta’s province-wide mask mandate.

Council though needs to have a repeal bylaw in place in order to scrap the mask bylaw. In a 5-4 vote Tuesday afternoon, Councillors voted against an amended proposed resolution that would’ve had a repeal bylaw presented at the next Council meeting after Alberta confirms the date the province will officially go into stage three.

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This effectively means the city’s mask-wearing bylaw isn’t going anywhere, at least not yet. A new bylaw though could come back to Councillors on June 29th and they could try and deal with this issue yet again.

Mayor Chris Speamman, along with Councillors Rob Miyashiro, Belinda Crowson, Jeffrey Coffman, and Jeff Carlson voted against the amended proposed resolution.

Councillor Blaine Hyggen brought the resolution forward, saying Council should be listening to the experts when it comes to lifting restrictions, referring to Alberta’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

As it sits right now, the city’s face-covering bylaw won’t expire until December 31st.

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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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