Lethbridge Minute: Obstetrics Care, Lethbridge Airshow, and Parade Marshal Chosen
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This Week In Lethbridge:
- There will be a City Council meeting on Tuesday at 11:00 am, commencing with an in-camera (secret) session. The meeting will open up to the public at 1:30 pm, and Council will receive a presentation entitled “Growing Creative Industries: Exploring City of Lethbridge Involvement in the Film and TV Industry”. Council will also hear a presentation from Administration recommending that the City accept $650,000 in federal funding to combat gun and gang violence. Mayor Blaine Hyggen will bring forward an Official Business Motion to examine the feasibility of using wrought iron fencing for Galt Gardens as a permanent park boundary to enhance community safety. Then, a Public Hearing will take place at 3:00 pm to deal with a couple of land use amendments.
- The Lethbridge International Airshow will take place this weekend, July 29th and 30th. It is a family-friendly event featuring some of the best planes and pilots from around the world. Additionally, there will be a variety of local food vendors and even Monster Truck rides for the kids.
- Nominations are open for the inaugural Lethbridge Reconciliation Awards, celebrating individuals and organizations dedicated to fostering trust, respect, and equality. There are seven categories, including youth, young adult, private sector, and non-profit. Nominations close on September 8th, and these awards will be presented during Reconciliation Week in September. Full details and criteria are available on the City’s website.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
Tourism Lethbridge has partnered with local Indigenous filmmakers Jared Wolf Child and Shawanda Backfat to create short-form videos and social media content focusing on Indigenous culture, art, and experiences in Lethbridge. The filmmakers were selected after attending a five-day workshop that aimed to empower Indigenous creators and enhance their skills with guidance from industry experts. The projects will highlight unique attractions and perspectives related to Indigenous culture, and Tourism Lethbridge aims to ensure an authentic and holistic Indigenous viewpoint throughout both initiatives. The contracts for these projects are funded through grants from Travel Alberta.
- Premier Danielle Smith has tasked her Minister of Health, Adriana LaGrange, with improving health services in the province, with specific mention of bolstering obstetrics services in Lethbridge. The city has seen a shortage of OB-GYNs recently, even though about 2,300 babies each year are delivered in the region. LaGrange has been tasked with recruitment and retention and, according to Alberta Health Services, there are active conversations with 10 to 15 obstetricians about coming to work in the area.
- Corb Lund was chosen as the Parade Marshal for the 2023 Whoop-Up Days parade. The theme of this year’s event is “Celebrating Southern Alberta: Canada’s Agriculture Destination”. Lund, a multi-award-winning country singer, called it an honour to lead the parade, especially given the theme. The parade takes place on August 22nd, at 9:00 am.
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