Lethbridge Minute: Canola Conference, Cardiac Equipment, and Heritage Master Plan
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This Week In Lethbridge:
- On Wednesday, at 1:30 pm, there will be a meeting of the Economic Standing Policy Committee. Among the items on the agenda are presentations from the President of the Lethbridge International Airshow Association and the General Manager of the ENMAX Centre about the Airshow and the City Wide Sponsorship Program Policy, respectively. Other items include submissions from various City officials about Capital Improvement Plans, event grant funding requests, and an update on recommendations for Economic Development in Lethbridge. There are also two confidential items on the agenda discussing sponsorship opportunities and the Bowman Building Opportunities Assessment.
On Thursday, there will be a meeting of the Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee at 1:30 pm. Jill Bracken, the Community Arts & Culture Manager, will provide the Committee with a Civic Culture Plan Update. She will also provide submissions regarding a monument request for the Playgoers' 100th anniversary and the 2022 Public Art Program Annual Report.
- The first-ever Alberta Canola Conference will be held in Lethbridge on Tuesday and Wednesday, in conjunction with Alberta Canola’s 33rd Annual General Meeting. The conference will bring together Alberta Canola and its national partners, the Canola Council of Canada, and the Canadian Canola Growers Association, for interactive presentations on canola agronomy and policy.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
A new state of the 'heart' cardiac monitoring system used by Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services (LFES) has helped improve outcomes for patients. Called CaseReview, the system allows first responders to record and review serious events, such as cardiac arrests, in order to identify trends and improve future responses. Since implementation, over 90% of local cardiac arrest patients who are resuscitated by LFES now arrive at the hospital with a pulse, compared to just 50% prior to CaseReview. The software is currently only used by LFES, but Alberta Health Services is looking to implement it province-wide.
- According to new data from Statistics Canada, the Lethbridge area had the largest population increase in the province last year outside of Calgary and Edmonton. The Lethbridge area population increased by 2,976 people between July 1st, 2021, and July 1st, 2022. International migration accounted for 47.4% of the population change, while interprovincial migration made up just under 31%.
- The City has asked residents to provide input on its Heritage Management Plan. The new plan includes updating and identifying Indigenous Heritage Sites like the West Lethbridge Turtle Effigy, and the location of the Battle of the Belly River. The City is also exploring the possibility of applying for a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation for an area of the Old Man River Valley. The final comments and feedback on the plan must be submitted by January 20, 2023. Residents can do so online.
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