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.

Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, SACPA sessions have been conducted via YouTube live streaming since April 2020.

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

Can Solar Energy Breathe new life into Abandoned Oil Well Sites?

Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Keith Hirsche ,

Alberta has 170,000 plus inactive and abandoned oil wells and over 3000 orphan wells that have been abandoned by failed companies.

Insights on Ecological Effects of Coal Development in the Eastern Slopes

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Lorne Fitch , Professional Biologist

Five retired provincial Fish and Wildlife biologists provided a submission to the Coal Policy Committee earlier this year (Insights on Coal Development from Five Retired Fish and Wildlife Biologists).

An Exodus of Young People: Is this Alberta’s Future?

Thursday, November 18, 2021 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

David J Finch , Senior Fellow at the Institute for Community Prosperity

Today, a community’s prosperity is linked to its ability to attract, retain, develop and mobilize talent. The future prosperity of Alberta is undoubtedly centered on people.

Recent Sessions

Recent Sessions

Alberta's 2021 Municipal Elections: Did Partisan Politics Influence the Results?

Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Barry Morishita ,

In addition to the municipal and Senate candidate elections, two referendum questions were added by the Alberta Government to the 2021 Municipal Elections: (1) Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the constitution?

Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Aquaponics

Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Michael Lavorato ,

Food security and sustainable agriculture are top of mind given the challenges of climate change. The speaker will talk about a new aquaponics project happening in southern Alberta to tackle food security and climate change.

Student Affordability and Feed or Famine Food Drive

Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:00 PM


Amy Mendenhall , Vice President Student Affairs

The past two years have been exceptionally challenging for all Alberta Post-Secondary students, and the Student body at the University of Lethbridge has been no exception.

Government’s plan for rural medicine: Do Not Resuscitate?

Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:00 PM


Sam Myhr , Rural Medicine President for the Alberta Medical Association

Sustaining medical services in smaller communities is challenging at the best of times. Doctors have been working without an agreement for almost two years, and the unstable relationship with our government has made it nearly impossible to recruit and retain physicians to rural areas.

The 2021 Canadian Federal Election: Did the Results Justify Calling It?

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:00 PM

YouTube Livestream

Dr. Melanee Thomas , Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary

The Liberal Party retained power in a close-run 2019 federal election where the Liberals won 157 seats and 33% of the popular vote, enough to form a minority government.