Lethbridge Transit trials changes to manage University demand

The successful introduction of the new Universal Transit Pass (UPass) at the University of Lethbridge has increased ridership in west Lethbridge, prompting changes to help meet community demand.

Starting Tuesday, October 9, the west Lethbridge route 32, going to the U of L, will increase in frequency during peak morning hours. The route will run every 10 minutes between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. instead of every 15 minutes as it currently operates. The route will return to 30 minute intervals after 9:30.

During these same morning peak hours route 12 between the University and downtown will run on 30 minute intervals instead of the current 15 minutes.

These changes are being made on a trial basis and will be closely monitored. Further adjustments will be made if needed to ensure an efficient, accessible service for all transit users.

The UPass was introduced in September 2018 to be included in tuition fees for all students enrolled at the U of L. The pass provides students with unlimited access to local transit during each term they are registered for classes. This is an environmentally friendly, cost-effective and safe way for students to navigate Lethbridge. For more information on the UPass visit: http://ulsu.ca/upass-faq.

For more information on Lethbridge Transit, visit www.lethbridge.ca/transit. For detailed schedules and real-time transit information visit www.lethbridgetransit.ca.

Emergency Preparedness Week 2018

The Government of Alberta released the following notice about Emergency Preparedness Week 2018.

“It is our pleasure once again to remind you all that Emergency Preparedness Week is around the corner. This year, activities will be held across the province in the hopes of making Albertans aware of their role in being emergency-ready.

One of the larger events will be held in Edmonton this year where 99 Avenue, between 107 and 108 streets will be closed to traffic on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables and booths will be set up for information along with a mobile incident command centre that visitors can tour.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner will be bringing its public education van and two digital fire extinguishers for demonstration as well. Alberta Health Services will have their response vehicles and a field tent on site, alongside vehicles from Environment and Parks and Justice and Solicitor General, and a handful of other partner organizations.

Staff are being encouraged to come down, have a coffee, and chat with emergency preparedness experts.

In Calgary, McMahon Stadium is going to be home to Disaster Alley on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Similar events are being held across the province. A full updated list of dates and locations for Emergency Preparedness Week activities can be found online.

For those who aren’t able to make it out to the events, there are plenty of ways to make sure you’re prepared for emergencies. The province has a helpful guide to creating your own 72-hour emergency kit.

And of course, be sure to check your mobile phone when extreme conditions arise. Along with the recently announced national alerting system, Albertans are encouraged to download the Alberta Emergency Alert App, which will keep you informed of local conditions, updated evacuation orders, and the nearest evacuation centres.”

City snow crews are prepared for snow, are you?

The City of Lethbridge has issued a Public Service Announcement regarding the snowy weather forecast for this week. See “Winter weather is coming, and snow crews are ready.” Get the 411 at http://www.lethbridge.ca/WinterRoads

It’s Time Change Time, Don’t Forget to Fall Back!

It’s that time of the year again to change the time on your clock and check your smoke detector batteries. Check out the Canada Safety Council site at https://canadasafetycouncil.org/home-safety/smoke-alarms-save-lives for more information.

Daylight Savings Reminder

Turn and Test for Daylight Saving Time

It is almost time to spring forward for Daylight Saving Time.

When setting your clock ahead one hour on Sunday, March 12, make sure your smoke alarms are working, and check that the batteries have plenty of charge. It is also a great time to check the expiration dates of your emergency supplies.

A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all. Take care of your smoke alarms according to the manufacturer instructions, and follow these tips from the folks at fire safety:

·         Smoke alarm powered by a nine-volt battery – Test the alarm monthly. Replace the batteries at least once every year. Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

·         Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long-life”) battery – Test the alarm monthly. Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, replace the entire smoke alarm according to the manufacturer’s instructions and dispose of it properly at a household hazardous waste site or by sending it back to the manufacturer.

·         Smoke alarm that is hardwired into your home’s electrical system – Test the alarm monthly. Replace the backup battery at least once every year. Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

Replace any of your emergency supplies that will expire within the next six months and use the old supplies before they expire. Some examples of items that can expire are:

·         Water

·         Food

·         Prescription medications

·         First-aid supplies

·         Batteries

Police Respond to Hoax

Earlier this afternoon, Lethbridge Police Services (LPS) advised Campus Safety they received an anonymous phone call and were investigating the report of an armed individual near campus. As a precaution, LPS began to maintain a presence on campus as they conducted a search. LPS has issued a statement indicating that the call appears to be unfounded and that they are investigating further. The LPS statement can be found here.


At this time, there is no threat to the security and safety of the University community.


Throughout the situation, Campus Safety was working with LPS and monitoring and evaluating the threat to campus safety and security. The University was prepared to activate its emergency notification system that utilizes all communications tools and platforms to advise the University community of any actions that should be undertaken. The Emergency Notification System utilizes campus phones, computers, websites, smart phone push notification and social media with emergency messaging when warranted.

Holiday, candle & Christmas tree fire safety

Facts about home holiday fires

  • One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four of Christmas tree fires.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
  • One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom.

Cyber Security

Get informed on computer safety with information from U of L IT Services Blog at http://blogs.ulethbridge.ca/it-services/2016/11/

Lethbridge 911 centre now has the ability to receive texts!

Get all the details from the City of Lethbridge News Release at http://www.textwith911.ca/

Daylight Savings

Don’t forget to reset your clocks on November 16, 2016 at 0200 hrs. Remember the rule: “Spring ahead and Fall back.”