Lethbridge Minute: Mask Bylaw, EMS Dispatch, and Potential Gun Bylaws
Lethbridge Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Lethbridge politics
This Week In Lethbridge:
On Tuesday, there will be a City Council meeting at 1:30 pm. Council will be voting on whether to extend Bylaw 6239, the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw. The Community Safety Standing Policy Committee recommended that Council not extend the City's Temporary Mandatory Face Covering Bylaw given the Province now has a duplicate rule, but we'll have to wait and see whether the full Council agrees.
- Also on Tuesday, at the same meeting, City Council will also be discussing directing the City Manager to investigate Lethbridge opting out of the centralization of EMS dispatch. The City claims they have noticed a significant reduction in service since the centralization occurred.
- On Wednesday from 1:30 pm, there will be a meeting of the Economic Standing Policy Committee which will receive presentations on Electric Utility Capital Improvement projects, while on Thursday, also from 1:30 pm, there will be a Governance Standing Policy Committee meeting which will receive presentations from several City Managers regarding operational review updates.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- Last week the federal government tabled gun legislation that would allow municipalities to ban handguns through bylaws restricting their possession, storage, and transportation. Although City Council recognized it was too early to speculate on what kinds of policies we will see for Lethbridge, they did say they would be watching the bill closely. The debate may end up moot though, as the Province has announced they are looking to nullify the federal law.
- On Thursday, Fresh Start South Country Treatment Centre spoke with the Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee about their goal to help those suffering from addiction in the community. Stacey Peterson, their Executive Director said more supportive housing was needed in the city as it is a vital component to recovery in the Lethbridge region.
- It was announced that the hearing concerning HIV Community Links setting up a proposed harm reduction site has been cancelled after the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board received notice that the applicant had withdrawn their application.
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