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Letter from the Editor

I think it’s safe to say we’ve had enough of winter. I hope this issue finds us past the days of frost and frozen fingers; that the sub-zero temperatures have subsided in favour of warm, golden sunrises, and bursts of nature have sprung forth across the wintry landscape. And if not, hang in there.

Spring is the season of renewal and revitalization. Within our pages, I hope you find many stories that will help rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.

If you’re itching to revive your golf game, then you might be interested in reading how a local golf club coexists with wildlife in “Not Your Average Caddyshack” on page 10.

With the City of Lethbridge launching its citywide curbside recycling program this spring, do you know what’s good to go in your blue bin? What exactly is a “MRF?” Pull out our handy Blue Bin Booklet (pages 19-22) and read about the place where it all gets sorted, the new Materials Recovery Facility, on page 16. And if you’d like to revitalize your spirit, learn about the “Good Times” to be had at Lethbridge’s newest variety club on page 32.

I would also like to welcome Jessica Bennett to the team. Jess is our University of Lethbridge New Media intern and she has been gracious in lending us her talent in graphic design, video editing and photography. Jess has also contributed a story about finding family in a unique place with “More Than a Comic Shop” on page 26.

May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Alberta. With 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experiencing some form of sexual violence in their lifetimes, it’s crucial we provide support, overcome the stigma, and bring perpetrators to justice. On page 14, get inspired by one survivor’s story and her goal to make a difference for the Lethbridge YWCA Amethyst Project.

Before I close, I want to touch on one more important issue. We have a provincial election in the near future. Historically, in Alberta, there has been an overall voter turnout of anywhere between 40.6 per cent (2008) to 81.8 per cent (1935). Over the years, the number typically hovers around the halfway mark. Whatever your political leanings, I hope you will take the time to move beyond the propaganda and educate yourself about our candidates and what they stand for, then get out and make your voice heard.

                                                                                      

Melissa Villeneuve

                                                                                                Managing Editor

If you have a story or feature suggestion, please email me at editor@lethbridgeliving.ca.
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