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Vaccine passport being pushed by Alberta NDP; province says no

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EDMONTON, AB – Are you in favour of Alberta having a vaccine passport?

The UCP government has said it won’t be issuing one, however that’s not stopping the opposition from trying to make a case.

The NDP’s Rachael Notley stated Thursday that she’s like to see, what she describes as a “simple, secure, and scannable” vaccine passport.

What the New Democrat opposition is proposing would feature a QR code — unique to each Albertan — that can be easily scanned at places like airports, sporting arenas, and concert venues.

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Notley feels a vaccine passport like this would encourage more Albertans to get the COVID-19 shot.

The UCP government, though has been shying away from such a concept.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said last week the province would not implement a passport, only offering printable “cards” which people will soon be able to download from My Health Records, to show COVID-19 vaccination proof for people who want or require that.

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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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