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Future of Lethbridge mask bylaw will be discussed again June 29th

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – The ongoing debate about mask wearing in this city will soon be front and centre yet again.

Lethbridge City Council will discuss the often contentious bylaw next Tuesday, June 29th for the second time in two weeks.

A repeal bylaw will be on the table this time around which could pave the way for the mandatory face-covering bylaw to get tossed out.

Alberta will be ending almost all pandemic restrictions as of July 1st, including the province-wide mask mandate.

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This proposed repeal bylaw states, which you can read in full below, that keeping the current municipal mask bylaw beyond July 1st will “cause confusion, mixed messaging, and create greater division within the community.”

The last Council vote on scrapping the mask bylaw failed in a 5-4 decision. Right now, the bylaw isn’t set to expire until the end of this year.

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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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