Lethbridge Minute: Committee Recruitment, Cryptocurrency Crimes, and a LINK Pathway Donation
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This Week In Lethbridge:
- There are no meetings scheduled at City Hall this week. Council and Committee meetings will resume in September.
- The Lethbridge 311 office will be closed today for Heritage Day, with service set to resume tomorrow. City Hall and the Waste and Recycling Centre are also closed today.
- The City is looking for interested individuals to join its various Boards, Commissions, and Committees. The Animal Welfare Committee, Assessment Review Board, Combative Sports Commission, Heart of Our City Committee, Historic Places Advisory Committee, Lethbridge Library Board, Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives Board of Directors, and the Youth Advisory Council are all seeking new members. Applications are open until September 22nd.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
The McCain Foundation made a donation of $200,000 to support the LINK Pathway project. The LINK Pathway will be a 15-kilometer paved trail between Coaldale and Lethbridge, designed to be accessible and convenient for users. The McCain Foundation's donation will be used for construction, safety improvements, educational signage, and community engagement initiatives. Phase 1 of construction is already underway, covering a 3.5-kilometer stretch between 30 Street in Coaldale and an area just before Highway 512, with completion expected by the end of the year. Plans for Phase 2, which would cover the remaining sections of the pathway, could potentially begin in 2024, depending on funding availability.
- The Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) has equipped itself to investigate crimes involving cryptocurrency by using Chainalysis Reactor, a program that traces cryptocurrency transactions. Sgt. Kevin Talbot of the LPS Economic Crimes Unit has been certified as a blockchain analysis investigator, and will use Chainalysis Reactor for investigations. The move comes as cryptocurrency-related fraud cases have been increasing. Now that LPS has this capability, they can decrease reliance on the Calgary Police Service’s blockchain analysis technology.
- The entertainment lineup for Whoop-Up Days was announced. More than a dozen musical acts will take the stage each day from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm on August 24th, 25th, and 26th. Artists include country music artist Shaela Miller, Lethbridge rockers Tube Dog, singer-songwriter Tyson Borsboom, and country singer from the Siksika Nation, Armond Duck Chief, among others. Tickets can be purchased for Whoop-Up Days online.
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