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City of Lethbridge lays off dozens of employees due to COVID-19 pandemic

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The City of Lethbridge is laying off 248 employees because of the ongoing health crisis.

A statement sent to our radio station on Monday (Mar. 30) confirmed the number of layoffs which includes several casual non-permanent employees (244) and four permanent part-time staff who were let go (248 total).

The City says this enables those people to qualify for COVID-19 relief money from the federal government as some City operational requirements are limited in some areas due to the pandemic.

City workers laid off include employees from Lethbridge Transit related to school busing, the Lethbridge Public Library, the ENMAX Centre, closed arenas and facilities such as the Fritz Sick and the Galt Museum and Archives.

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The remaining casual and non-permanent employees are working only as required.

Some City of Lethbridge employees have been redeployed to essential service areas to ensure critical services continue to be delivered and maintained.

The City says it will continue to deploy staff as necessary, which may include the recall of casual staff should they be needed.

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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 New 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.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

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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