Lethbridge Minute: Airline Woes, Downtown Zone, and Convocation Ceremonies Return
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This Week In Lethbridge:
We’d like to wish all our readers a very Happy Easter Monday. It's a week off for City Hall with no meetings scheduled. Originally, there was a Friday meeting of the Advocacy Advisory Committee, but it was cancelled.
If you’re looking for fun family activities to do over the spring break holiday, grab an interactive map of Lethbridge. Presented by Lethbridge Plays, the map features a city-wide treasure hunt to encourage you and your loved ones to get out and explore new areas, along with unique activities and ‘first finder’ prizes at five locations.
- Lethbridge Transit is set to receive $1.2 million to make up for revenues lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The provincial government will match the federal government's contribution to support municipal transportation. What do you think the City’s transit system could do to optimize service? Have the most recent changes addressed the long-standing issues with transit or just made things worse?
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- Remember when City Officials said they weren’t worried about the pending review of Flair Airlines by the Canadian Transportation Agency? Well, it’s starting to look like they should have waited to crack the bubbly - the airline could see its operating license suspended as early as May 3rd over concerns that it does not meet Canadian ownership requirements as laid out by the Canada Transportation Act. The announcement couldn’t come at a worse time, seeing how just a couple weeks ago City officials were publicly celebrating the news of direct flights between Lethbridge and Tucson, Arizona that were set to begin in December 2022.
- The Downtown Lethbridge Business Revitalization Zone issued its first annual report, expressing optimism about the City’s current occupancy rate in the downtown core. Despite the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 86% of the storefronts in the city's downtown are occupied by businesses.
- For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the University of Lethbridge will be hosting in-person convocation ceremonies. On June 2nd and 3rd, this year's graduating class, along with those from 2020 and 2021, will take the stage. The Chancellor’s Dinner and alumni celebrations return alongside the convocation ceremony.
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