U of L seek­ing City help to host hockey na­tion­als

Lethbridge Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

It’s been one month since the Lethbridge Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tion. The newly-elected coun­cil will get down to business as they sit for their first reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing to­day.

First on the agenda is a pre­sen­ta­tion by Ken McInnes, the Univer­sity of Lethbridge’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Pronghorn Ath­let­ics. They will be mak­ing a bid sub­mis­sion to host the 2019 and 2020 U Sports Men’s Hockey National Cham­pi­onship, which is an eight-team tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing post-sec­ondary teams from across Canada.

The tour­na­ment would be held in March of each year with more than 225 play­ers, coaches and of­fi­cials com­ing to the city for a four-day event at the En­max Cen­tre.

If suc­cess­ful in their bid, the U of L is seek­ing a $250,000 fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion from the City’s Ma­jor Event Grant ($125,000 per year).

Next on the agenda, a group called GREENSENCE En­vi­ron­men­tal will pe­ti­tion city coun­cil to take ac­tion to mit­i­gate cli­mate change and im­ple­ment a re­new­able en­ergy strat­egy in the city.

Rena Woss and Knud Petersen will call on coun­cil to pro­vide lead­er­ship by mak­ing Lethbridge one of the first cities in Canada to run on 100 per cent re­new­able en­ergy. They will also sug­gest the city pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­cen­tives for res­i­dents and busi­nesses to in­stall items such as so­lar pan­els and other re­new­able en­ergy op­tions.

Lethbridge po­lice chief Rob Davis

is also sched­uled to present re­gard­ing LPS cul­ture, strat­egy and oper­a­tions.

Sev­eral business items are also on the agenda, in­clud­ing a sub­mis­sion to cre­ate a steer­ing com­mit­tee to up­date the Civic Precinct Master Plan, which was orig­i­nally com­pleted in 1981. Since then, a num­ber of changes have taken place on the land in­clud­ing the build­ing of a new City Hall.

The reg­u­lar meet­ing of coun­cil, open to all, be­gins at 1:30 p.m. in coun­cil cham­bers at city hall.

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