A group of six University of Lethbridge women’s hockey players have filed formal complaints over alleged incidents of harassment, misconduct and discrimination by their head coach.
The original file was sent to U of L Pronghorns officials in mid May, where the players claim a continued pattern of abuse by Michelle Janus. The players ask she be terminated or suspended from her position as head coach of the Pronghorns women’s hockey team.
In a decision dated July 31, U of L officials told the players an investigation took place and, although they say “the policy on harassment has been violated,” that Janus would remain as head coach and undergo more in-depth education and training.
The players say the issues have been ongoing since 2015, when Janus was hired, and the complaints have been made known to U of L Athletic Director, Ken McInnes.
In documents obtained by The Herald, the complainants outline 21 different alleged incidents. They include claims the coach told a player “she had to do mandatory counselling” because of her conduct of attempting suicide, claims of allowing bullying with no punishments, and claims of a fine jar, where members of the team would pay between $2 and $20 if they broke a team rule — some involving personal lives and sexual history.
The players allege the coach uses playing time to threaten and intimidate players, was disrespectful to her own players, certain assistant coaches, the officials and other teams, and that she throws and breaks equipment and punches doors in order to intimidate her players.
Senior hunters get discount
It started as a suggestion from a Lethbridge voter: Why not give seniors a break on their hunting licences?
Some other provinces have cut the price. And Wednesday, the province’s environment and parks minister made it official.
Starting this fall, Lethbridge West MLA Shannon Phillips said seniors will pay as little as $8.25 for a wildlife certificate plus a game bird permit — down from the regular price, $44.
The same price will apply to a white-tailed deer licence, down from $39.95. And if accompanied by a senior, a young hunter could pay just $12 as a “senior partner.”
“Not only is hunting part of Alberta’s cultural heritage,” Phillips said, “it’s a major economic driver and a wonderful pastime for thousands of Albertans.”
So the government will partner with the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association, she said, to create “mentorship opportunities for seniors” who’d like to pass their knowledge along to a new generation of hunters.
Hunting also plays an important role in Alberta’s wildlife management and conservation efforts, Phillips pointed out, with particular hunting opportunities promoted year by year.
Carbon tax adjustable
When the federal government adjusts its carbon-tax categories, Alberta’s climate change spokesperson says it’s basically following Alberta’s approach.
Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips, speaking in Lethbridge, said both Alberta’s climate change strategy and the federal one that followed were designed to allow adjustments on a category-by-category basis.
That is particularly significant in Alberta, she said, because this province has a broad industrial sector in comparison with many provinces. It’s important that taxes don’t make Alberta products non-competitive.
“We spent two years working with industry” to ensure the carbon tax system is fair and effective, she said.
When Alberta companies reduce their emissions below benchmark levels, Phillips noted, they earn valuable “carbon credits.” If they don’t meet expectations, their taxes increase.
“The federal government replicated our system,” she said. Alberta “set the bar.”
Flickering lights explained
If you have noticed flickering streetlights at night downtown or in other areas of the city, Darwin Juell, Transportation Manager for the City of Lethbridge, says it’s an old problem which reoccurs from time to time.
“When we changed over our incandescent street lights to LED street lights about three or four years ago, we started to discover some complaints about flickering in the downtown, and other older areas of town, where we use a relay system to turn off and on multiple street lights,” he said.