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Province says no to Lethbridge on low-income transit support

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Lethbridge will not be getting low-income transit support.

Mayor Chris Spearman telling our radio station this week those supports are provided to people in both Calgary and Edmonton and the City of Lethbridge had requested the same thing.

However, the Mayor says the UCP government has told him no, stating there is no money to expand the program at this time.

Spearman isn’t happy with that decision, saying our needs in Lethbridge are just as great as those in the province’s two biggest cities. “We understand the government’s situation financially. We’re doing everything we can to assist. We are certainly in line with the government’s goals of attracting investment and investors, and managing cutbacks being sent our way by the province. We’re just looking for some considerations in return.”

Under the Low Income Transit Program, the province gives money to Calgary and Edmonton to put toward cutting the cost that some low-income families have to pay for using city transit.

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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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