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

Building Strong Communities and a Strong Economy for Alberta

Thursday, February 9, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Shannon Phillips , MLA, Lethbridge West

With an Alberta election on the way this spring, Rachel Notley and Alberta’s NDP are promising to be a stable, caring, and competent government, focused on addressing the issues that matter to Lethbridge like lowering the cost of living and rebuilding public health care.

The Fiscal Outlook for 2023, and a Recap of Years Past

Thursday, February 16, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Honourable Joseph Schow , ECA

Mr. Schow will give some insight into the provincial budget for 2023, and recap important provincial investments over the last 3 years.

Are we COPing out on Climate?

Thursday, February 23, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Kent Peacock , Professor of Philosophy

Some people may be under the impression that with the Paris Accord of 2015, and subsequent agreements made at a series of “Conference of the Parties” (COP) meetings, the problem of climate change is well on its way to being solved.

Recent Sessions

Recent Sessions

What I learned about City of Lethbridge Finances

Thursday, February 2, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Chris Spearman , Former Mayor of Lethbridge

An account of what was learned about city finances and financial oversight during 8 years of service on Lethbridge City Council will be presented.

Stirling’s Journey to Net Zero – It makes cents.

Thursday, January 26, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Trevor Lewington , Mayor of Stirling

Find out why the Village Stirling embarked on a journey to net zero with the deployment of community-owned solar microgeneration beginning in 2018.

Will the Church Survive the Pandemic?

Thursday, January 19, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Taylor Croissant , Reverend

Christian churches faced several significant challenges in the Covid-19 pandemic to attend to the spiritual needs of our community, and their post-crisis recovery continues to be very rocky.

Housed to Homeless, Repeat… How do we Create a Housing Continuum in Lethbridge?

Thursday, January 12, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Robin James ,

Lethbridge Housing Authority – building healthy families and sustainable communities with appropriate and affordable homes. Lethbridge Housing Authority (LHA) is a Housing Management body established by Ministerial Order in 1995.

Why should we bother trying to save old buildings, even if they are historic?

Thursday, January 5, 2023 12:00 PM

Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization

Ross Kilgour and George Kuhl , Senior Development Officer

Ross Kilgour and George Kuhl will provide an overview of the City of Lethbridge’s heritage program. Why should we protect Lethbridge’s heritage?