Lethbridge Minute: Sport Tourism, Shelter Operations, and New Family Doctors
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This Week In Lethbridge:
- There are no meetings scheduled at City Hall on account of the holiday season. Committee meetings begin again on January 16th and Council's first meeting of 2023 will take place on January 24th.
The City is reminding property owners to be on the lookout for their property assessments. Residents who haven't received their notices by January 17th are encouraged to contact 311 to get a copy. Those registered for eNotices can view their assessment using their MyCity Account.
- Lethbridge is welcoming new family doctors. Four have already begun practicing in the city, two more are expected to begin this month, five between February and April, and an additional six between May and July, according to Alberta Health Services.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
The Lethbridge Shelter and Stabilization Centre's operations were officially transferred over to the Blood Tribe Department of Health. Until January 3rd, Alpha House ran the shelter. According to the new operators, the majority of clients at the shelter are Indigenous, and a greater focus is needed on Indigenous programming and services. Hopefully, this transition will improve the situation in downtown Lethbridge.
- Tourism Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Sport Council have signed a memorandum of understanding with the intent to form a partnership and work collaboratively. The two groups were unofficially working together in 2022, particularly as events like the Tim Horton’s Brier were held in the city, requiring all hands on deck to execute. The two groups want to grow the potential for more large events and coordinate other resources like hotels for volunteers. Travel Alberta is forecasting a big upswing in tourism to Southern Alberta in the coming years, estimating $1.3 billion in economic impacts between 2022-2035.
- The English Language Centre at Lethbridge College passed Languages Canada’s rigorous accreditation process. The Centre has been teaching English for more than 50 years. This is the third time in 12 years that the strict standards set by Languages Canada have been met, ensuring that registration and recruitment of international students can take place. The program currently has 152 students enrolled, from more than 40 countries.
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