Lethbridge Minute: New Year, Council Returns, and Extremely Cold Weather
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This Week In Lethbridge:
Welcome to the first edition of the Lethbridge Minute for 2022! Council is back from their holiday break with one meeting scheduled for this week.
This one meeting will take place on Thursday when there will be a meeting of the Civic Works Standing Policy Committee at 1:30 pm. At this meeting, Council will receive a presentation from the General Manager of Transit on the new cityLINK network design. Hopefully, 2022 will be a much better year for Lethbridge's transit service, as 2021 saw the service meet its fair share of criticism after some controversial route changes.
- The Audit Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday was cancelled due to “a lack of agenda items.” Seems fair enough! The next Audit Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- An extremely cold blast of Arctic air descended upon Southern Alberta and the rest of Western Canada last week. Although no records were broken in our region, Vegreville’s -44.6 °C low broke the town’s existing cold-weather temperature record set back in 1968.
- Homeless shelters across Lethbridge faced increased demand due to last week's extreme temperatures. With cold weather expected to continue into January, residents are reminded that shelters in the city are in need and are seeking a diverse range of donations as well as volunteers to help out during these frosty winter months.
- A myriad of upgrades and renovations to Lethbridge Airport should make travelling a little more comfortable. Upgrades include a new waiting area for passengers and new washroom facilities that don't require passengers to re-enter through a security checkpoint. The City of Lethbridge funded $2.6 million of the renovation work, while the remaining $26 million came from the provincial and federal governments. Airport Operations Manager Cameron Prince says the upgrades will go a long way towards making a “much brighter” and “more inviting” space for guests.
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