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Lethbridge group part of lawsuit filed against Alberta over supervised consumption sites

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CALGARY, AB – The Lethbridge Overdose Prevention Society (LOPS) is one of two groups suing the province over supervised drug-use sites in Alberta.

LOPS, along with Moms Stop The Harm, allege the Alberta government’s rules regarding these sites will have life and death impacts.

In order to receive funding, Alberta’s United Conservative government announced new regulations a few months ago for operators of supervised consumption services.

The two harm prevention groups also allege the province is breaching the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and increasing barriers to the life-saving service.

The Lethbridge SCS was shut down a year ago after the province pulled its funding. A mobile unit has since been set up beside the shelter.

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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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