Lethbridge Minute: Vaccine Passports, Municipal Deadlines, and a Planning Commission Phaseout
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This Week In Lethbridge:
It’s going to be a busy week in federal politics because today is election day. Polls are open from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm. Check out Elections Canada, if you’re unsure where your polling place is.
It’s not a very busy week at City Hall, with no meetings scheduled for this week. Council is set to recess until after the municipal election, with no official business scheduled until November.
- Today at noon also marks the nomination deadline for anyone wishing to run for Mayor, Councillor, or either Public or Catholic School Trustee in Lethbridge. All candidates must have their signatures submitted by today at noon, and anyone who drops out of the race afterwards will still be on the ballot on October 18th.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- On Tuesday, Chris Spearman gave his final State of the City address as the Mayor of Lethbridge. His speech included some of the City's past accomplishments, as well as what he feels still needs to be done. With less than 30 days to go until the municipal election, it will be interesting to see what direction the City takes under the leadership of a new Mayor.
- Many Alberta post-secondary institutions - including the University of Lethbridge - announced they are increasing their COVID-19 protocols to require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations to attend campus in the coming months. The University has yet to announce any plans to expedite this process in the wake of the province's latest round of COVID-19 restrictions, or whether in-person learning will return online for the remainder of the fall semester.
- At Council’s last meeting, Council voted to start the process of phasing out the Municipal Planning Commission and redistributing its responsibilities between the Civic Works Standing Policy Committee and the Subdivision Development and Appeal Board.
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