There are a number of great events taking place in our city over the next little while starting with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns hockey team hosting the UCup National Championship. It’s going to be an uphill battle as they take on the defending champion Alberta Golden Bears. It’s a single knock-out tournament so a bounce here or there and the next thing you know you’re Belarus beating Sweden in the 2002 Olympics. It can happen. Now if the Horns can channel their inner Mike Babcock like they did when they won a National Title in 1994 or going back a little further and feel the vibe of the 1975 Lethbridge Native Sons who won the Canada Winter Games at the Sportsplex (Enmax) then to quote the great line from Dumb & Dumber, “So you’re saying there’s a chance.”
I hope the rink is packed with fans this entire weekend.
There’s also a great pro-am squash tournament next weekend at the College. It may not have the appeal of national hockey tournament but these guys are amazing athletes and fun to watch.
There’s that World Curling Championship coming next month as well. I know there has been some frustration with the Hurricanes being displaced but it’s not very often the city gets a chance to have such a prestigious event like this. Keeping our fingers crossed, there is a scenario that could happen where we’ll only miss one home game. There will be a great fan experience taking place at Bullys for those who aren’t lucky enough to get a ticket to the game which will be played at Nicholas Sheran.
Turning to books. (How’s that for a segue?) I love the One District, One Book promotion that’s happening. Everyone in School District 51 is getting one book to read this month. It’s a reading activity that unites the community around a common theme, common characters, and a common story. Check out the website. https://1d1blethbridge.wixsite.com/1d1b
The older I get the more I need to defrag my brain. How many times do you go through this when you’re talking to your wife or friend: “What’s the name of that guy in that movie with the alien? You know, he was in that other one with the dog that died…” And then you go through the alphabet trying to come up with the name…A..B…C…D…And then 20 minutes later, “Oh…Michael Caine…!! He was married to….what’s her name with the hair?”
I don’t think it’s Alzheimers but I get so annoyed when your brain fails you. I can almost hear my cerebrum clicking trying to go through file after file. Sigh..
The new 311 service from the City is going to be awesome. When you’ve got a question, you can call it and you’ll get an actual person who will connect you to the right department to get an answer to your concern.
Thank God it’s warming up. Why didn’t I book a Hawaii trip for February? When January was so nice I thought, “Hey we might get through winter unscathed.” Wrong!!!
It put a damper on doing some Cool Cars, Interesting People segment. I’m happy to say there’s some new ones coming up and thanks to Dallas Harty with the amazing Clarence Arnoldussen Collection not only will there be new people to talk to, we’ll be showing you some classic and brand new cars.
I recently visited Vancouver and while I was there I set up a visit with Marjorie who is the manager of the Safe Consumption site on East Hastings Street. I thought I’d pass on my thoughts about the experience.
First off, walking to the site it’s heartbreaking to see the many tents set up in the adjacent streets in front of former businesses where people are trying to exist.
The injection site was filled with patrons. Some were getting ready to use the booths (fewer than Lethbridge) and there were a number of people in the other rooms waiting out their high. Some were in seats, some lying on the floor.
While it was troubling to witness what was going on, paradoxically there was also a feeling of community where everyone looked after each other. It was a sentiment that was expressed by Marjory who says she’s never felt unsafe in the 15 years she’s been working at this site.
Needles are handed out to anyone who asks for them and they can leave the site with them.
As in Lethbridge Meth is the prevalent drug of choice.
Another surprising aspect of my visit was a gentrification of the surrounding district. My sense was that businesses are actually doing quite well despite what is going on around them.
Marjory knows that they save lives at the site. Narcan is available but she says they administer it in small doses so that users don’t come off their high as fast as larger doses.
The site has counselling services available and they continue to work with the provincial and federal governments on long-term solutions.
My biggest take away from the visit was how this group actively seeks out current and past drug users to be a part of the long-term solution.
I’ve just realized that this really has been a random blog posting…Talk soon.