Lethbridge Minute: Curling Bid, Encampment Assistance, and Dog Park Locations
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This Week In Lethbridge:
- There is only a single meeting at City Hall this week. On Thursday, at 1:30 pm, the Community Safety Standing Policy Committee will hold a meeting to discuss the City's Emergency Services. Much of the meeting, outside of the land acknowledgment statement and the approval of the consent agenda, will be held in-camera (in secret).
On Wednesday, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, the Galt Museum and Archives and the Lethbridge Métis Local are hosting an evening of Métis celebrations, including community building activities and music.
- For Western Christians, today is Easter Monday. The Easter weekend is always observed alongside Passover celebrations in Judaism, but this year, Ramadan comes at the same time. Because Judaism and Islam keep different lunar calendars, Easter, Passover, and Ramadan will only overlap three times per century, as they do this year. From all of us at Common Sense Lethbridge, may you have a joyous day, whichever holiday you’re celebrating.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
Council passed a motion allowing Mayor Blaine Hyggen to seek help from Alberta Sheriffs to manage homeless encampments. The City will seek assistance on a six-month trial basis starting in May. Council noted that Edmonton and Calgary have received support for crime and social disorder, and that Lethbridge is also experiencing significant challenges. Last year, a large encampment with over 90 structures took over Civic Park and took months to remove.
- The Civic Works Standing Policy Committee heard that residents are largely not in favour of the majority of off-leash dog park locations suggested by the City. Coalbanks Park and Kodiak Park had the highest overall negative reaction, with 74% and 69% of respondents not in favour, respectively. Only one location out of the six proposed - 28 St. N - had more positive responses than negative, though even in that case, just 35% were in favour, versus 28% negative.
- Following the success of the Tim Hortons Brier in 2022, the Lethbridge Curling Club announced it is moving forward with a bid to host the 2025 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. The City has approved the bid with a letter of support and has allocated $900,000 in funding if the bid is successful.
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