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Lethbridge mayor concerned about future drug rehab facility

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Chris Spearman is voicing concerns after being told the province is now reviewing a planned drug rehab facility for Lethbridge.

The former NDP government had promised $11.2 million late last year for a supportive housing complex. That’s apparently now been placed on hold, after Spearman recently met with Alberta’s new housing minister. “We met with the minister about three weeks ago and asked about the status of the project. It’s a priority for us and important this project moves ahead. We were told it’s under review.”

Spearman hopes this review happens quickly so the city can get a definitive answer. “If people have no access to recovery or supports, then people who are addicted will continue to stay on the cycle. People are always asking us why the Supervised Consumption Site is so busy and the answer is because we don’t have enough other services for people to go to.”

Spearman stresses Lethbridge needs a detox facility, an intox facility, and this supportive house centre. When the former government announced the supportive housing money late last fall it also announced $1.6 million for intox services.

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The Mayor tells the money has been allocated to an organization in Calgary which will come to Lethbridge and operate the service from the existing homeless shelter.  Spearman, however doesn’t know when exactly that will start.

Spearman is mostly concerned about the status of the drug rehab facility. He says it is badly needed. The Mayor points to Calgary and Edmonton having all these services and with Lethbridge growing to Alberta’s third largest city, we should have the same services here too.

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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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