Lethbridge Minute: Merry Christmas, University Lawsuit, and Bridge Location Options
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This Week In Lethbridge:
It’s going to be quiet at City Hall this week as Council is on a break until January 5th, 2022.
There are, however, many events happening in the run-up to Christmas. One random one we found was E-Free’s Christmas Eve Service - a 50–minute candlelight service for the whole family, including carol singing and a retelling of the Christmas story.
- Finally, it is, of course, Christmas this Saturday! From Ronnie, Josh, Peter and all of our volunteers, have a Merry Christmas. Thank you to every single one of our readers, donors, and everyone who said a kind word to us this year. We appreciate every single one of you and hope you have an excellent Christmas. Happy Holidays!
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- The topic of a third river crossing took center stage at the final City Council meeting of 2021. Councillor Rajko Dodic introduced a motion directing City administration to seek out appropriate locations for the crossing that are further south than the location currently proposed. Councillor Dodic doesn’t believe the Provincial or Federal Governments would provide funding assistance for the project unless it is moved southward. The motion was approved unanimously.
- Tuesday's meeting also saw City Council address the residents' mounting concerns over the black and blue bin pickup relocation. Residents who live in older neighbourhoods and are without front driveway access want the City to come up with a better solution. A motion presented by Councillor John Middleton-Hope and passed by Council asked City administration to present a strategy to resolve these concerns to a future Standing Policy Committee meeting. Essentially, the motion asked for a strategy that includes public engagement and addresses the concerns of residents.
- More legal headaches are ahead for the University of Lethbridge after a fifth-year biology student filed a lawsuit against the institution over its COVID-19 vaccination policy. The policy states that all students must be vaccinated and does not provide provisions for rapid testing as an alternative. The lawsuit claims that U of L’s policy constitutes unlawful discrimination under the Alberta Human Rights Act and infringes on the rights of life, liberty, security, and religious freedom.
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