Lethbridge Minute: Remembrance Day, Police Misconduct, and a Food Bank Drive
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This Week In Lethbridge:
It’s going to be a relatively slow week at Council. The City’s calendar shows that there was supposed to be a Priorities and Agenda Review Committee scheduled for today, but there are no meetings scheduled on the official Agenda website.
This Thursday is November 11th, Remembrance Day. It’s a day to remember and reflect on those who fought and died for our freedoms. We encourage all our readers to take time to reflect and honour all those men and women and thank them for their service. Apparently, despite being poorly advertised, there will be two services - one at the cenotaph and one Mountain View Cemetery.
- With winter just around the corner, the Lethbridge Food Bank is gearing up for a busy holiday season. Typically, the Food Bank sees a sharp rise in clients around December and continuing on into January, but demand for the service is already ramping up, so those interested in helping the organization should contact them directly (details in the article above).
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- Three members of the Lethbridge Police Service have pleaded guilty to misconduct charges during a disciplinary hearing into what has become known as "meme gate". The officers in question plead guilty under the Police Act and Police Service Regulation to counts of misconduct, including discreditable conduct, insubordination, and neglect of duty. This all stems from a 2018 incident where offensive and texts and memes about MLA Shannon Phillips were distributed to LPS officers within the group.
- The City announced they will close for the season Lethbridge's three yard waste sites on November 15th. If you haven’t already disposed of your yard trimmings, now is the time to get it done, as Sunday, November 14th will be the last day they will officially accept waste.
- The unemployment rate in the Lethbridge-Medicine Hat region is trending in the right direction with a recent report showing moderate improvement. The region's unemployment rate went from 5.7% in September to 5.3% in October and, although this is only a modest decrease, the unemployment rate remains the lowest in the province. Now let’s hope policies at City Hall let us keep some of that hard-earned money!
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