Lethbridge Minute: Remembrance Day, Winter Storm, and Local Business Month
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This Week In Lethbridge:
There are only two meetings scheduled this week, following the cancellation of Thursday’s meeting of the Community Safety Standing Policy Committee. The Economic Standing Policy Committee meets Tuesday at 9:30 am. The Committee will begin the meeting by electing a Vice-Chair before moving to a presentation on the impacts of paid parking at the Enmax Centre. The presentation makes a case for moving away from paid parking at the facility out of concern that it will impact revenues for the Lethbridge Hurricanes at a time when attendance is lagging. The Committee will also receive a submission from the City Treasurer regarding Committee Questions on Fee for Service Initiatives. A 2023-2026 Operating Budget Initiatives discussion will take place in-camera.
Also on Tuesday, there will be a City Council meeting at 1:30 pm. Council will discuss a shop local initiative and potentially announce December as “Local Business Month” to highlight the importance of local businesses in the community. Reminder: "Buy Local" policies sound nice, but they make zero economic sense - they just make everyone everywhere poorer.
- Friday is Remembrance Day, and the week leading up to it is known as Veterans’ Week. The team at Common Sense Lethbridge would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all the men and women who have served, or are currently serving. The City of Lethbridge will temporarily rename the section of 4 Avenue South between Stafford Drive and 11 Street to Veterans Avenue for the week. There will be two in-person celebrations taking place this year, one at the Cenotaph in downtown Lethbridge and the other at Exhibition Park.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- The City’s snow clearing fleet had their hands - and their plows - full last week as old Man Winter descended upon Lethbridge and hammered the main roadways. The flurries were fierce and led to dangerous road conditions throughout the week, with the speed limit for Whoop-Up Drive being reduced to 60 km/hr following the storm. The City’s Transportation Manager reassured the public they are now in full winter mode. What do you think of the City’s new phased approach to snow removal?
- The Lethbridge and District Exhibition took home the Spirit of Reconciliation award at this year's Chamber of Commerce Lethbridge Business Awards. The prestigious award was given to the organization for their efforts and continued work alongside the Blackfoot Confederacy during the Powwow and Princess Pageant at Whoop Up Days. The Lethbridge and District Exhibition CEO said it was an honour to receive the award and to continue working to advance reconciliation.
- Lethbridge College has joined the Metaverse Standards Forum as a Principal member. The position will allow the College to explore the practical application of the Metaverse as a means of collaboration between companies and individuals around the world. Mike McCready, Program Research Chair for the Spatial Technologies Applied Research and Training Centre says it's a huge step for the College and shows the institution is on the forefront of cutting-edge spatial and immersive technologies.
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