May 25th, 2024

Mayor’s work isn’t finished

By Lethbridge Herald on January 8, 2021.

Herald photo by Ian Martens Mayor Chris Spearman, who announced earlier that intended to retire from municipal politics at the end of this term, reads over some papers Thursday in his office at city hall. @IMartensHerald

Tim Kalinowski
Lethbridge Herald
Mayor Chris Spearman told reporters at press conference on Thursday that in spite of his impending retirement from municipal politics this fall city council still has crucial business to deal with over the next 10 months before the current term expires.
“The work of council is not complete,” Spearman stated. “We have a capital budget to review in May. We have done quite a significant reorganization of council and its committees, and we have some policy issues we want to deal with.
“We were (also) embarking on an advocacy initiative,” he added, “and we will have to see how that works. Right now the (provincial) government is in a little bit of turmoil, but we have to make sure that needs of the City of Lethbridge are effectively communicated.”
Spearman noted the impending showdown with the province over EMS dispatch coming next Tuesday when the current AHS contract expires, and he had a blunt warning.
“If the province goes ahead, it will be a disaster,” he stated. “Four previous health ministers have said centralization of dispatch does not make sense, and it is going to result in lower services for cities like ours. This particular government, and this particular minister, is just ignoring that.
“I cannot see residents of the City of Lethbridge supporting this government if ambulance dispatch goes ahead,” Spearman concluded.
Spearman said whoever comes after him as mayor, and whoever is elected as the next council, they must continue to be strong advocates for the City’s needs to the provincial government.
“The new mayor is going to have to be someone who can unite council,” Spearman said. “Can you imagine how much further we might have been ahead if everybody on council was advocating for the services we need? If everybody was saying, we need supportive housing? Instead what was happening is people were promoting division in the community. And when you have a divided community, it is easy for the provincial government to do nothing.
“We will have challenges on the economic front,” he concluded. “We will have challenges on the social front, and we will have to deal with issues this council won’t be able to deal with before the end of its term.”
Spearman also said it was important that those coming after this current council bring forth a strong vision on how to address the pressing social issues we continue to experience in the City of Lethbridge.
“Anyone who is running will have to lay out what their vision is to address the issues and challenges we have in the city,” Spearman emphasized.
“The ones that we haven’t been able to address the last eight years. How are we going to address poverty? How are we going to address homelessness? How are we going to address addiction? Anybody running in October, there are no easy solutions to any of those, and we will have to work co-operatively with the provincial government to get solutions.”
The nomination period is now open for those who might be potentially thinking about running for city council and mayor this fall.
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Citi Zen

Spear Man’s work isn’t finished until he totally devistates the downtown, and brings back the SCS, and keeps Lethbridge in the number 1 crime stats nationwide.

Not An Oldman Yelling at the Clouds

I’m sure “Citi Zen” would get a ton of votes for Mayor or Council. Climb out from under your rock into the light of day


“…How are we going to address poverty? How are we going to address homelessness? How are we going to address addiction?…”
Stop enabling addicts, encouraging them to so more drugs with a lack of treatment . . . correction . . . a lack of EFFECTIVE treatment. These 3 week sweat lodge treatment programs are the highest of failures, the 90 day treatment programs a high failure rate!
12 – 18 month treatment programs that treat the CAUSE of the addiction, relapse education, upgrading, job placement and a good support system are the best way and proven effective in the South East states such as Tennessee. Instead we have to poor all our money into enabling them, healthcare for the impacts of addiction, mutliple social services and housing programs, increased police and EMS budgets, increased court and correction services, increased insurance rates and on and on!
Treat addicts effectively! It is proven to be effective, using the courts to force treatment, with 78%- 84% success rates!
BC has poored billions into just the greater DTES over the past 10 years in just social services and housing programs, with crime, addiction, fatal overdoses all continuing to rise . . . the money needs to be in treatment programs to end this gong show!
The cause of the addiction is often from negative early childhood experiences or PTSD, to name of couple! To dramatically lower addiction, fatal overdoses, crime, homelessess, poverty, mental heath issues, effective treatment programs need to be employed!
The cause of the addiction is the common denominator!
The Feds and Provincial governments need to putting the funds into treatment!
A study from BC by one of the universities showed that the averave addict on the street costs over $1 million per year. The addicts that are constantly committing crimes and going through the system, over $5 million per year!
BC’s policies are complete failures! The Greater Vancouver DTES alone, less than 20,000 people pumps over $360 million per year into about 300 social services and housing programs and have done so for years . . . when will they wakeup and realize, it is not working!!! Hundreds of addicts are dead because their approach are a failure!
The cause of the addiction is the common denominator!