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City Council orders literature review on Lethbridge’s addiction rate

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Lethbridge City Council will be going ahead to try and find out why so many people here are suffering from substances addictions.

The idea of a local addictions study was brought up a few weeks ago. However, on Monday (Sep. 16), Council decided to amend the concept a little bit, instead having a qualified researcher use existing data to develop a discussion paper to help drill down into the root causes of addiction.

This literature review will have provincial data as well as some specific to southern Alberta. According to City Manager Bram Strain, this type of research is a good idea.

“Because we’re talking about specific to the city. What are the issues around addiction in this city, why do we have a higher usage of the site than most other places, etc? So, it’s really about us specifically, and then using that to fuel our advocacy to both the provincial and federal governments to get resources that we need to help us fight.”

Strain will have a report back to Council by the end of next March.

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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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