A Lethbridge Police Service internal review of sexual assault cases in the city has resulted in a number of cases being reclassified.
The review came in response to a national Globe and Mail report on how police handle sex assault complaints in Canada.
The review revealed 25 cases were cleared as “unfounded,” in 2015 but that seven of those cases should have been cleared as “unsubstantiated” and one should have been cleared as “declined to lay charges.”
In 2016, 18 cases were cleared as “unfounded,” but five should have been cleared as “unsubstantiated.”
In 2015, police dealt with 139 sexual assault complaints, with 39 cleared by charge, 17 unfounded, 17 other, and 66 unsubstantiated. The result was 12 per cent unfounded.
In 2016, 133 sexual assault complaints resulted in 24 cleared by charge, 13 unfounded, 14 other and 82 unsubstantiated. The result was nine per cent unfounded.
U of L lands championships
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns just iced a silver anniversary gift.
On Thursday, U SPORTS announced the U of L, in partnership with City of Lethbridge and the Enmax Centre, has been awarded the right to host the 2018-19 U SPORTS Men’s Hockey Championship, the University Cup.
That date will come 25 years after the Horns won the national championship in Toronto in 1994 in their first and only trip to the University Cup and will take place March 14-17, 2019 at the Enmax Centre.
WestJet arrival delayed
If you’re planning to travel this spring, your flight may be delayed. Airline officials in Calgary say daily WestJet flights from Lethbridge Airport won’t take off until some time in June.
The connector flights to Calgary, previously advertised as starting next month, are to be flown for WestJet by Pacific Coastal Airlines. The Vancouver-based company flies seaplanes to communities along the British Columbia coast as well as wheeled aircraft to B.C. cities as far east as Cranbrook.
But it hasn’t yet received Transport Canada approval for flights to cities in Alberta, a WestJet spokesperson reports.
Taber denies flag request
The Town of Taber Council faced a backlash Wednesday after voting to deny a request from a Taber LGBTQ advocacy group to fly a Pride flag on a public flag pole as part of 2018 Pride Week celebrations.
On Jan. 22, council voted 5-1 to deny the request from the Taber Equality Alliance to fly a Pride flag on the Community Flag Pole located in Confederation Park in June. Council then went a step further and passed a motion for administration to remove the “Community Flag Pole” designation.