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Lethbridge East MLA looking for answers on SCS review, future supports

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Lethbridge’s lone government MLA asking for an update this week on his government’s review into supervised consumption sites (SCS).

A panel went around the province back in September, including a stop in Lethbridge, to gather feedback from residents, business owners, and others as to the impacts of the drugs sites and a report is expected likely within the next month or so.

Lethbridge East MLA Nathan Neudorf says the issues of drugs and crime are big ones here and he wants to make sure Lethbridge gets the supports it needs. “I still receive numerous letters from concerned residents. I believe there’s a petition coming forward that I’ll be tabling next week. So if this (issue) isn’t going away in Lethbridge, which we don’t expect it to, it won’t be going away for me either. I will continue to advocate and make sure that voice is heard in the house.”

Minister Jason Luan responded to Neudorf saying the UCP government is committed to getting those Albertans into recovery, but will not sacrifice other parts of a community while doing this to help others.

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“Unlike the previous government which seems to be focused entirely on the one-pillar approach and failed to consult businesses,” says Luan. “We are going to do it differently. Our approach will be fair, focused, and compassionate.” 

Neudorf meanwhile, says it’s important Lethbridge residents know soon what the plan is, so we can start moving forward with some solutions.

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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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