Lethbridge Minute: Making Movies, Encampment Removal, and a Culture Bus Pilot
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This Week In Lethbridge:
There will be a City Council meeting on Tuesday at 12:45 pm. Council will receive a presentation from the Lethbridge & Region Community Housing Corporation about one-time funding requests for the Coulee Creek Seniors Building and the Cottages at Southgate. Council is also set to discuss an abandoned shopping cart strategy (presumably physical carts, not digital e-commerce carts!) and a review of the City of Lethbridge Tourism Model.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Council will discuss a strategy for the removal of encampments. In 2021, there were 135 encampments in the city, and they remained up for an average of 12 days. The City recognized that the current process of removing encampments leads to a cycle where they are removed and reestablished elsewhere, and that citizens have safety concerns about thefts, assaults, and harassment stemming from encampments.
- The City of Lethbridge is looking for citizens to fill several roles on boards, commissions, and committees. Many of our readers might be a perfect fit to lend their voices to municipal matters, so if you’re interested in getting involved, we strongly encourage you to do so.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- Lethbridge is now home to a pharmacist-led walk-in clinic, the first of its kind in Alberta. The clinic will offer a range of services including the assessment and treatment of minor illnesses, chronic disease management, and lab-based testing services, without the need for a prior visit to a doctor for a prescription. The clinic officially opened last Monday as a 12-month pilot project. If all goes well, the model could expand to other regions.
- The City of Lethbridge has decided to streamline the process for film companies to operate in Lethbridge. A City committee directed Administration and Economic Development Lethbridge to explore the creation of a policy aimed at doing just that. The City wants to take advantage of Alberta’s burgeoning film industry and benefit from the dollars it brings to town. Hopefully, they plan to do so by reducing red tape, not by handing out even more taxpayer money.
- The CultureLINK pilot project made its debut. The new bus service is an effort by the City of Lethbridge to provide a cultural connector for visitors and residents, allowing more people to take in the city’s sights and sounds. The initiative is a partnership between the Galt Museum and Archives, Lethbridge Transit, and Tourism Lethbridge, and will provide transportation to several area attractions. The service will be free for users. What do you think of the initiative? A wise investment, or just another waste of taxpayer money?
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