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Combined program draws ire

Posted on April 19, 2017 by Lethbridge Sun Times

Parents of children enrolled in the Lethbridge School District No. 51’s French Immersion program are upset by what they say is a decision to move to split classes in the fall without the input of parents.
This fall, the FI program at École Agnes Davidson School is being split from a singular program to a southside and westside program as part of the inclusion of the new FI program at Nicholas Sheran Community School. The split is going to create space for westside FI students to remain on that side of town for their schooling. With the split in the program, the numbers configuration for students in FI has changed.
Karen Smith, a parent and Agnes Davidson School Council member, said while many parents are happy the FI programming is expanding in Lethbridge, they are disappointed about a plan to move from single-grade classes to combined classes.
Woman to stand trial
A Calgary woman accused of killing her elderly mother in Lethbridge early last year has been ordered to stand trial.
Judge A. Lefever made the ruling Thursday in Lethbridge provincial, where he also said he will allow certain evidence to be admitted should the trial go ahead.
Lefever’s rulings come at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing, which was adjourned in February to allow him time to decide whether statements the accused, Lisa Freihaut, made to the police should be part of the actual trial.
Freihaut, who sat alone only a few feet behind her lawyer, is scheduled to be arraigned May 8 when she is expected to plead to the murder of her 78-year-old mother, Irene Carter, and set a trial date.
Uber makes pitch
Popular rideshare company Uber wants to change the way people get around Lethbridge. They’re putting the wheels in motion to launch a new chapter in the city as soon as possible. Estimated time of arrival? As soon as city council gives the nod.
Michael van Hemmen, of Uber, came before Lethbridge City Council on Monday to talk about the benefits ride sharing would bring the city. He also requested a “minor tweak” to the city’s bylaws to align with the provincial ridesharing standard, which would allow ridesharing to begin right away.
Uber has been adopted in more than 40 cities across Canada, with more than 1.6 million using the service, according to Uber statistics. Setting up Uber would not cost anything to the city, said van Hemmen, but it would provide numerous benefits.

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