SACPA acknowledges that our events takes place on the lands of the Blackfoot People and Metis Nation of Alberta, Region lll and we pay respect to their past, present and future cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to the land. SACPA commits to assist reconciliation efforts by raising awareness of the ways past and present injustices can be reconciled.

Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs (SACPA) was founded in 1967. It is an independent forum, moderated by volunteers, meeting Thursdays at noon some 40 weeks a year and at occasional special sessions, to debate local, provincial, national, and international issues of concern to the residents of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta.

SACPA sessions are now in person at the LSCO (Lethbridge Senior Citizen Organization) at 500 11 St. S. Lethbridge, lunch at 11:30 am, speaker 12:00 to 1:00 and made available on our YouTube channel for viewing and you are invited to explore them on our YouTube channel.

The rationale of the Council is that the strength of a political democracy is lodged in the freedom of citizens to assemble and freely discuss ideas and issues. SACPA seeks to promote a sense of community and citizenship amongst the public. It is strictly non-partisan in its political outlook and encourages the expression of divergent viewpoints. SACPA does not take sides on the issues debated at its sessions. The opinions expressed by speakers are their own and are not necessarily shared by the Board of Directors.

Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions

Farming Smarter can be a Catch-Phrase, but does Sustainable Food Production depend on it?

Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Ken Coles ,

Farming Smarter is a policy governed, non-profit organization with by-laws under the Alberta Societies Act. It is also a Canadian Charity registered under the Canada Revenue Agency.

Recent Sessions

Recent Sessions

Red Alert: Our Public Medicare is at Risk!

Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Chris Gallaway , Executive Director Friends of Medicare

A coordinated effort of reactionary columnists, conservative politicians, right-wing think tanks and others are lining up to push the narrative that our public health care is “broken”; they predictably go on to conclude that the only solution is to privatize it.

Lethbridge’s Drug Treatment Court: How will it Help the Addiction Crisis?

Thursday, September 15, 2022 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Chelsey De Groot and Brett Carlson ,

The Lethbridge Drug Treatment Court is contained within the criminal justice system and operates within the same legal framework that governs all adult criminal court proceedings in the Provincial Court of Alberta.

Sustainability: Is the Time Right for Lethbridge to Allow Urban Chickens?

Thursday, September 8, 2022 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Gilles Leclair & Kelti Baird ,

There are an increasing number of urban jurisdictions that are allowing egg-laying chickens/hens. Arguable, the reasons are clear - chickens provide protein, great fertilizer, pest control and are easy to maintain.

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, June 23, 2022 12:00 PM

Zoom

SACPA ,

SACPA will hold the Annual General Meeting on Thursday June 23, 2022 from Noon to 1:00 pm via zoom. Please register at info@sacpa.

What are the Possibilities and Challenges of Virtual and Augmented Reality?

Thursday, June 16, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Michael McCready ,

People increasingly spend a lot of time looking at screens and particularly so during these past two years of the Covid pandemic.

Colonialism and COVID-19: The Effect of Public Health and Anti-maskers on Vulnerable Populations

Thursday, June 9, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Kathleen Mah ,

Kathleen hopes to illuminate the ongoing colonial agenda and its extension into COVID-19 and public health relations. Particularly, she will focus on how anti-mask groups- who refer to themselves as Freedom Fighters have interacted with formal institutions like public health, and vice versa, to create expendable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How are Albertans likely to be Affected by the recent UCP Leadership Review?

Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Dr. Duane Bratt , Political science Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University

The United Conservative Party (UCP) members voted by mail-in ballots from April 9 to May 11 whether or not they have confidence in their leader and on May 18, 2022, the result was scheduled to be announced.