January 15th, 2021

2020 year in review: May


By Herald on December 30, 2020.

City workers Matt Them and Dylan Beach remove closed signs from a play structure at Kinsmen Park as the City prepared to open playgrounds. Herald file photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

The Herald looks back to the stories that made headlines in 2020 with a month by month series running through this week to’ New Year’s Eve:

MAY
City views gradual reopening with cautious optimism
The City of Lethbridge is welcoming the province’s announcement that it intends to begin the process of relaunching Alberta’s economy this month. And while there is a spirit of renewed optimism that we have reached this point, said Mayor Chris Spearman, that optimism must be tempered with continued caution to prevent a second potential wave of COVID-19.

Stormtrooper with toy blaster taken down by police
Lethbridge Police received calls that someone dressed in a stormtrooper costume and carrying a weapon was seen in north Lethbridge. Officers arrived and ordered the suspect to drop the weapon and lie on the ground. Police learned the woman had been hired by a nearby restaurant to do some advertising and the suspected weapon was only a toy. The woman was not charged.

City man stranded at sea
Evan Herbert of Lethbridge was one of many Canadians aboard a cruise ship when the COVID-19 lockdowns began worldwide. Herbert said he’s been on the ship for almost two months with no reparation which has put a strain on passengers’ and crew members’ mental health.

Canes’ GM Anholt named WHL Executive of the Year
The Western Hockey League announced that Lethbridge Hurricanes’ general manager Peter Anholt has been named the recipient of the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy as Executive of the Year. It’s the second time Anholt has received the award after also being named winner in the 2015-16 season.

New city manager announced
The City of Lethbridge has announced it will be hiring former Canadian Veterans Ombudsman Craig Dalton as its new city manager. Deputy Mayor Jeffrey Coffman, who co-chaired the search committee which chose Dalton, said Dalton was “head and shoulders” above the other candidates whom they interviewed for the position.

City reopening playgrounds
The City of Lethbridge is reopening playgrounds, but stressing people who use them are doing so at their own discretion and potential risk. City of Lethbridge Parks manager Dave Ellis said the City would not be able to offer daily cleaning of the apparatuses in the 123 play areas or any hand sanitizer stations.

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