Lethbridge Minute: Backyard Chickens, Provincial Funding, and Local Business Expansion
Lethbridge Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Lethbridge politics
This Week In Lethbridge:
There will be a City Council meeting on Tuesday at 1:30 pm. Council will receive three presentations, including one about the Targeted Redevelopment Incentive Program - a program aimed at increasing re-development projects, a Lethbridge 311 update, and a proposed amendment to the Coalbanks Gate Comprehensive Plan. Council will also receive several administrative submissions before moving to a public hearing regarding land use amendments at 3:00 pm.
On Thursday, there will be a meeting of the Community Safety Standing Policy Committee at 1:30 pm. The Committee will receive a number of presentations, including a poverty report from the Social Equity Network of Lethbridge and Area, flying and safety regulations for drones, and the possibility of allowing chickens in residential backyards.
- The 19th annual Harvest Moon Ball will be held at the Sandman Signature Lodge this Saturday, with this year’s event in honor of the late Cor Van Raay, a prominent Southern Alberta entrepreneur. Tickets are still available, and the evening promises to be an elegant one full of entertainment, cocktails, and fine dining.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- Southland Trailer Corp. announced plans to expand, doubling production and creating 250 jobs, after a $2-million investment from Alberta's Investment and Growth Fund. The company’s General Manager said he looked outside the Province for potential growth opportunities, but that Southern Alberta ultimately provided the most potential. The money will be used to continue vertical integration of their supply chain and to streamline operations.
- More funding for social programs was announced by the Province. A total of $6 million will be given to 41 organizations, including two in Lethbridge. The Chinook Arch Library Board will receive $175,000 for digital literacy clinics and the Streets Alive Family Support Association will receive $150,000 for a rapid relapse response program. The money comes from the Province’s Civil Society Fund - a $20 million investment over three years aimed at addressing social challenges.
- The Province announced funding for homelessness support across Alberta and Lethbridge will receive $1 million. The money will be used to increase shelter capacity during the winter months, adding 70 new beds. The details of where those beds will go are yet to be determined. There are just under 300 people estimated to be experiencing homelessness in Lethbridge.
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