Lethbridge Minute: Boxing Day, Mayoral Interview, and Police Service Highlights
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This Week In Lethbridge:
- There are no meetings scheduled this week on account of the holiday season. Committee meetings resume on January 16th.
After a holiday closure, City Hall opens again on January 3rd for residents to pay parking tickets, book recreation activities, book an inspection, review Transit schedules, renew dog licenses and more.
- On Sunday, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, the Galt Museum will be hosting a presentation with Ryan Clarke, a reporter for the Lethbridge Herald. Clarke will be discussing the process by which events are judged as newsworthy and how those in the media evaluate content. Registration for the event is not required, but the museum will charge regular admission for non-members of the Galt.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
Mayor Blaine Hyggen gave a year-end interview celebrating his first full year in the Mayor’s chair. He called the creation of the Intergovernmental Health Table - a group made up of representatives from the City of Lethbridge, Blood Tribe, and the Government of Alberta - a significant highlight. Also topping the list of his favourite moments was watching the Tim Horton’s Brier at the ENMAX Centre and, of course, seeing the world get back to normal after COVID-19.
- Speaking of year-end interviews, Lethbridge Police Service Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh called 2022 an “extremely busy and challenging year”. He said a highlight of the year was being able to add to the Force’s roster, hiring nine new police officers and five peace officers. Other highlights included the addition of a dog to the Victim Services Unit to help reduce stress both for victims of crime and the internal team, the hiring of consultants to prepare a strategic plan, as well as team members receiving honours ranging from Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee medals to being gifted a Blackfoot name.
- Boxing Day was a big hit this year for local businesses who saw a notable uptick in shoppers taking advantage of special deals. Some retailers said it was their best year in recent memory. The service industry also saw a boost with restriction-free New Years’ Eve parties and gatherings.
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