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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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“Hopefully more announcements in coming weeks”, says PM on border reopening

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OTTAWA, ON. – There could more health measures eased at Canada’s borders sooner rather than later.

On Monday, the federal government made some changes to make travel easier for fully-vaccinated Canadians starting July 5th.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted Tuesday that more could happen fairly soon to make cross-border travel even less restrictive.

“We are looking at continuing our plan for a gradual and safe reopening,” said Trudeau in a press conference outside his home. “Hopefully with more announcements in the coming weeks about next and further steps. Every step of the way we need to be careful. We’re going to cautious and responsible in the way we move forward.”

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Trudeau says he understands people want to travel again, but the safety of Canadians must continue to be the number one priority.

The federal government has been under major pressure in recent weeks to reopen the Canada/U.S. border to allow fully-vaccinated Americans to visit as the summer tourism season kicks into high gear.

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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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