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ASIRT investigating incident

Posted on November 7, 2018 by Lethbridge Sun Times

A Brooks man accused of assaulting a police officer during a wild Halloween party on the weekend, then fleeing, has turned himself in.
Peyton Thomas Kale Many Shots, 18, surrendered to Calgary police Tuesday night, two days after a warrant for his arrest was issued by Lethbridge police.
And late Thursday it was announced the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is investigating the incident, due to officer involvement.
LPS has also responded to an Instagram video posted, saying what was captured and posted only shows a segment of the overall incident.
The 37-second video has been viewed nearly 30,000 times on social media.
“I think what’s important for people to understand is the video shows a very brief snapshot of a larger situation,” said LPS spokesperson Kristen Harding. “There’s no context with respect to the totality of the circumstances or the events leading up to the few seconds that were shared on social media.”
New concerns in Tudor dispute
The long-running dispute between Tudor Estates residents and local landowner Douglas Bergen was back before city council last Monday, with new concerns being lodged by the residents.
Many of the complaints registered with council involved Bergen’s decision to post private property signs which seek to prevent local residents from crossing his land to access the local coulee area.
“Many people who live in the area have been using the land as park space, when in fact it is not park space — it is privately owned,” clarified Mayor Chris Spearman during Monday’s council meeting. “The majority of the area directly abutting the Tudor neighbourhood up to the fenceline is owned by a private owner and is zoned FUD (Future Urban Development).”
City property services director Jeff Greene reiterated this point in an interview on Wednesday with The Herald, and reminded residents that anyone trying to access the coulee area for recreation purposes through Bergen’s property is actually trespassing. If the landowner in this case seeks to assert his property rights then there is nothing the City can do about it, said Greene.
City goes electric
City council has voted unanimously to pursue the purchase of at least seven new fully electric public transit buses.
Council was presented with the request by Lethbridge Transit, which cited Green Trip Grant Funding ending for the city’s diesel fleet in 2020 as a reason to consider the purchase of the electric vehicles now. If the City wants to receive grants for the purchase of new buses though the Alberta Community Transit Fund (ACTF), council was told by transit operations manager Scott Grieco, this would be the right time to consider electric buses.
“Any time there is grant funding dollars available,” said Grieco, “it’s important we make a submission for those funds. The opportunity for electric is definitely a concept which was new to us until we started doing some research. And then when the government announced that there was going to be funding coming out for electric, and diesel buses were not going to be applicable (for those funds), it was really to do some research into what other alternative fuels were out there. And electric is the way of the future.”
The City of Lethbridge is already eligible for $13.1 million in funding for the electric buses through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP), but city staff felt the ACTF funding would be a better place to look for the $800,000 per vehicle asking price.
New West compensated
New West Theatre was granted $23,500 by city council on Monday to compensate the theatre company for disruptions to its fall season due to ongoing construction delays at the Yates Memorial Theatre, but the grant was far less than New West had previously asked council for last month.
At the previous September meeting, council balked at the company’s first ask of $48,500 to compensate for the costs associated with having to cancel its fall production of “Million Dollar Quartet” due to ongoing construction delays.
One reason for council’s reluctance to pay out the $48,000 plus were the obvious benefits and upgrades the Yates construction will provide the theatre company when it is complete, and the money the city has poured into the project to make it so. But more aggravating for some council members was the theatre company’s reported operating surplus of $100,000, and its endowed funds totalling about $250,000.
Conversion therapy practised here
Ontario, Manitoba and a number of U.S. states have taken steps to end “conversation therapy” for lesbian and gay teens.
But in Lethbridge, young people have reported counsellors’ attempts to use exorcism and other damaging procedures in efforts to “cure” them of their sexual orientation. And Thursday, speakers warned the discredited “therapy” is still used here, funded in part by a city hall committee.
“It’s not just by churches and pastors but by licensed psychologists,” explained Jenn Takahashi, administrative director of the Lethbridge Public Interest Research Group.
Takahashi and Devon Hargreaves, co-president of the YQueerL Society for Change, told the weekly Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs forum more than 9,000 Canadians have signed a Lethbridge-initiated petition to prohibit use of the “therapy” on people under 18 years.
“This isn’t about religion, it’s about protecting children,” Hargreaves said.
Groups join forces to give Christmas hope to the needy
Christmas gifts for more children: That’s one of the goals set by Lethbridge charities.
Donations and distribution will also be a more collaborative effort this year, with two more organizations joining forces with local food banks to provide “Christmas Hope.”
The “Angel Tree” program operated by Lethbridge Family Services and the seasonal “Shop of Wonders” will be co-operating with the Lethbridge Food Bank, the Interfaith Food Bank and the Salvation Army.
They’re aiming to provide gifts to about 4,000 children and seasonal hampers to about 2,700 families, reported Danielle McIntyre, executive director of Interfaith.
By working together, she said, the groups hope to help “every family that is looking for help.”
“It’s a big job to address the needs of families over Christmas,” added Michelle Gallucci, representing Lethbridge Family Services.
“We feel it’s important to co-operate.”
Now its “Angel Tree” initiative — gathering toys for children who might do without — will be aligned with the Salvation Army and the My City “Shop of Wonders,” located seasonally in the old No. 1 Fire Hall.
Greyhound building for sale
Want to own “a piece of history?”
The now-vacated Greyhound bus depot has been added to the list of historic Lethbridge buildings for sale, along with the iconic Post Office building.
The “for sale” sign was posted as the long-running bus company was completing its last Alberta runs. For Lethbridge, it ended a service that ran 88 years.
But hundreds of communities across Western Canada lost their passenger service Wednesday as well.
Residents of Lethbridge, Fort Macleod and Highway 2 communities may still travel to Calgary and points north, however, thanks to daily service by Alberta-based Red Arrow. Several other regional bus operators have announced plans to begin covering some abandoned Greyhound routes.
In downtown Lethbridge, the 1930s “art moderne” structure that welcomed countless passengers to the city is now boarded up. Originally built in 1909, the 5 Street South facility was extensively renovated in 1939 — when Greyhound, then based in Calgary, scheduled 15 departures daily from Lethbridge.
Bentley Block designated
The Bentley Block has become the 26th place in the City of Lethbridge to be designated a Municipal Historic Resource.
At Monday’s city council meeting councillors voted to pass third and final reading of the bylaw approving the historic designation for the 133-year-old Bentley building, located at 118 5 St. S. downtown overlooking Galt Gardens.
The Bentley Block is a part three-storey, part single-storey brick building located on a prominent commercial street in the downtown core of Lethbridge. The Bentley Block is significant for its association with early commercial development in Lethbridge, and for its association with Harry Bentley who opened his dry goods store in Lethbridge in 1885 at this location. Bentley served on the first town council in 1891 before being elected mayor five times. The Bentley Block was the first three-storey building in Lethbridge.

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