Lethbridge city councilors address doctor shortages and undesirable public behavior at meeting – Lethbridge


Lethbridge City Council passed a number of resolutions at Tuesday’s meeting that align with its Gateway to Opportunity 2022 action plan, which cites the health and well-being of residents as a top priority.

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The Council first voted unanimously to allocate $15,000 of the emergency funding to a family physician recruitment and marketing campaign, in partnership with the Chinook Primary Care Network, Alberta Health Services and Economic Development Lethbridge .

As part of this resolution, Council also directed the City Manager to continue to explore opportunities for collaboration and partnership with AHS and CPCN and to report, as well as write a letter to the Minister of Health of Alberta requesting support and funding for a university teaching clinic. in Lethbridge.

“Council continues to show its commitment to the residents of Lethbridge with a common goal of recruiting and retaining family physicians in our community,” said Mayor Blaine Hyggen.

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The action stemmed from an update and proposed action plan presented April 27 to the Cultural and Social Policy Committee on the region’s continued shortage of doctors.

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The council also adopted a new regulation on public places on Tuesday. The bylaw will come into effect on July 1, 2022 and is intended to serve as a basis for clearly communicating community expectations for respectful behavior.

The second and third readings of By-law 6280 passed unanimously after a recommendation from the Standing Committee on Community Security Policy.

Once enacted, the bylaw will provide a broader definition of public spaces than the old City Streets Bylaw. It will also list a number of unwanted behaviors including littering, graffiti, public urination, spitting, fighting, bullying, begging, weapons and fireworks.

A standard fine of $300 will apply to all such violations.

According to the city, the intent is not to initiate an increase in tickets, but rather to adopt community policing techniques that will engage and educate people in order to discourage the behavior from occurring in the first place.

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In another unanimous vote on Tuesday, the council also passed a resolution that will see the addition of six more pickleball courts to Legacy Park.

Construction will begin in late 2022 or early 2023. Once complete, players will be able to choose from a dozen lots.

“The 12 courts will include wind protection as well as an operating model and user agreement, and access to the courts will be developed through discussions with the Lethbridge Pickleball Club to ensure club and public access. said city manager Robin Harper. general director of leisure and culture.

The project was approved under the Capital Improvement Program Budget 2022-2031. But before moving forward, the city conducted a public engagement on the Get Involved Lethbridge website in November and December 2021, with 601 responses in total.

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