April 12th, 2024

SPC to address sidewalk painting request


By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on April 2, 2024.

Herald photo by Al Beeber Wood's Homes will be asking the Assets and Infrastructure standing policy committee of Lethbridge city council on Thursday to support the painting of two crosswalks on 3 Avenue South in May to support mental health awareness.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com

The Assets and Infrastructure standing policy committee of Lethbridge city council on Thursday will be asked to support an initiative to paint two downtown crosswalks to bring attention to mental health matters.

One week in the month of May every year is designated by the Canadian Mental Health Association as Mental Health Week but Wood’s Homes in Lethbridge dedicates the entire month to raising awareness about the topic, reducing stigma of mental health issues and supporting good mental health.

The organization on Thursday, in a presentation by Fund Development and Community Engagement Co-ordinator Carrie Dahl, will be asking the SPC to support the painting of the statement “Mental Health Matters” on crosswalks at 3 Avenue South and 3 Street South.

A presentation by Wood’s Homes says if approved, it will absorb the approximate $3,100 costs of labour and traffic control for the installation and removal after one year.

It will also supply the paint and stencil for the project which will be sourced from two city businesses.

“We want to paint these two crosswalks with the support of the City of Lethbridge to make a statement and to show those impacted by Mental Health challenges, that hope is here, we see you and we know you are important, and we are investing in spreading the message. We want these crosswalks to open the minds of those passing by, to take a moment and realize that mental health impacts all those around us and with some perspective and understanding we can really make a change towards a community where mental health matters,” says the organization.

Wood’s Homes says that one in five Canadians have mental health challenges. Woods Homes is a mental health centre which provides treatment and support for children, young people, adults and families. It also operates an emergency youth shelter in the city and an “opportunity hub” which it describes as “a safe and welcoming space for young adults ages 16 to 24 who are interested in fostering their own personal growth and development through a variety of resources and service themes.”

It operates services here as well as Calgary, Strathmore, Fort McMurray, Lac La Biche and Cold Lake.

The SPC meets at 1:30 p.m. in council chambers. It consists of deputy mayor Mark Campbell who is chair, along with vice-chair Nick Paladino, Jeff Carlson and Ryan Parker.

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Dennis Bremner

I would have hoped by now that Politicians would have looked at the legality of changing the universal color/indications of a cross walk. It makes one suspect that soon, if a pedestrian is hit in one of these “Changed” crosswalks and the driver insists he never recognized it as a crosswalk because of the changes, he/she may have a case?

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