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April 13, 2016 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

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  • A chronic shortage of court resourc-es in Red Deer has come under fire after a stay of proceedings was granted for a Sylvan Lake accountant accused of embezzling his former employer.

    Its an emergency situation, because you cant just have crim-inal charges, especially the serious charges, just getting thrown out be-cause of delays, Calgary-based de-fence counsel Paul Gracia said after the proceedings against his client

    were stayed because it took so long to schedule his trial.

    Sean Keith Brouillette, 45, was charged on Sept. 23, 2013 with theft and fraud. Sylvan Lake RCMP alleged that he stole roughly $71,000 from his former employer, Red Flame In-dustries. Brouillette was committed to stand trial on Oct. 29, 2014 and ar-raigned in the Court of Queens bench on Dec. 1 of the same year. His trial was set for April 11-15 of this year.

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    cole Notre Dame High School Grade 12 student Nathan MacQuarrie makes short work of cutting through a piece of wood as Notre Dame teach Francois Piche hangs on tight. MacQuarrie let the saw dust fly as he cut through the 2x4 in 3.2 seconds during the lumberjack competition on Tuesday. Over the noon hour the French immersion students hosted a Cabane Sucre event at the school which included live music from the student band Second to Spare, a tug-o-war event, and tire drable or maple taffy poured over ice.

    Bully who terrorized

    neighbours fined $500

    A Red Deer man described as a terror to his neighbourhood, and who has tied up enforcement re-sources and multiple City of Red Deer departments, has been con-victed of bullying.

    In a case that the Crown prosecu-tor admitted was very unique, Rob-ert Charlton, a senior citizen who lives at 3 Scott St. in Sunnybrook, appeared alone in court this week to defend himself during a trial.

    A group of about 20 other people who live in the neighbourhood also attended, hoping for a conviction and filling up most of one-half of the

    small courtroom.Charlton, a tall man who uses

    a large wooden cane to walk, was charged under the bullying section of the citys Community Standards Bylaw on Nov. 23, 2015. On Monday he was fined $500 by justice of the peace Stafford Gorsalitz.

    The case was held in Red Deer traffic court, which deals with nu-merous laws, including City of Red Deer bylaws.

    The actual conviction was based on him yelling and screaming at two children riding bicycles in front of his house, but neighbours out-lined many other concerns.

    BY MARY-ANN BARRADVOCATE STAFF

    ROBERT CHARLTON CHARGED UNDER COMMUNITY STANDARDS BYLAW FOR BEHAVIOUR

    See CHARLTON on Page A8

    Teacher resigns forhumiliating studentsA Lindsay Thurber teacher who

    scrawled reminders on students fac-es and forced them to stand on desks has resigned after pleading guilty to charges of unprofessional conduct.

    French immersion teacher Lou-is-Georges Pelletier pleaded guilty to one count of failing to treat students with respect and dignity, and one count of failing to maintain the honour of the profession at an Alberta Teach-ers Association disciplinary hearing on Monday.

    Pelletier, a long-time teacher, taught most of his career at the dis-trict. Few details were given about Pelletiers career and tenure at this time at Red Deer Public Schools.

    The district said complaints about Pelletiers teaching methods surfaced in February 2015.

    A month later, a professional con-duct complaint was filed to the Alber-ta Teachers Association launching a formal investigation. No specific num-

    bers were given on the volume of com-plaints. A hearing convened on Mon-day and is expected to wrap up today or tomorrow.

    Through an agreed statement of facts, a professional committee in Ed-monton heard that students dreaded going to Pelletiers class because they were belittled and humiliated.

    Students wrote in their statements that, if they pronounced a French word incorrectly, Pelletier would make them read sentences over and over in front of the class until he was satisfied, according to media reports.

    Other students reported that one boy was made to stand on his desk be-cause he was too short to be heard by Pelletier. Pelletier wrote the French word for Friday, vendredi, on his forehead in marker as a reminder of a deadline.

    Complaints about his teaching methods, however, stemmed back to 1994, according to media reports.

    Theft, fraud charges stayed due to court delays

    BY CRYSTAL RHYNOADVOCATE STAFF

    BY BRENDA KOSSOWANADVOCATE STAFF

    Please see DELAYS on Page A8Please see PELLETIER on Page A8

  • Less government funding for sober and support-ed, affordable housing means Safe Harbour Society will have to evict six people on July 1.

    Central Albertas Safe Harbour Society for Health and Housing says its short $50,000 after the city re-duced provincial funding the society receives to help end homelessness. As a result, the society is being forced to close one of its four houses and reduce the number of tenants to 15 from 21.

    Kath Hoffman, Safe Harbours executive director, said its not about how the city divided the provincial funding among community agencies, but the fact that more money is needed to end homelessness.

    We want to provide the service weve been pro-viding successfully for the last 15 years. We want to keep doing what were doing. We have lots of people who need us to keep doing what were doing, Hoff-man said on Tuesday.

    Instead of helping to end homelessness, Safe Har-bour had to send out eviction notices, she said.

    The societys supported housing program pro-vides a sober environment in affordable housing for people who arent quite strong enough.

    They dont feel quite sturdy enough to be on their own. They want some accountability. They want the staff to support them and the facilitator in the house to help stabilize them, Hoffman said.

    The funding cut also means clients who move out on their own wont have access to supported housing staff who have been available to them for up to a year in the community.

    Tamara Oakes, shelter triage/Safe Harbour Soci-ety housing worker, said clients feel safe in the sup-ported housing.

    They can stay as long as they want. Theyre not given a time frame to leave. Its when they want and when theyre ready. And they have that support after to help them transition into the community on their own, Oakes said.

    The longest a client has lived at a house is five years and the shortest is about one year.

    Staff help clients with whatever they need like working on goal planning, developing life skills, ac-cessing resources or detox. Developing a good rela-tionship with staff is also important.

    It takes a lot for our guys to build up trust in us, to be able to depend on us, and trust us that were

    there to work with them, said Tina Scott, housing support worker.

    Scott said theres been many success stories and feared for those who are evicted.

    Lots of our guys arent at a spot where big change is good. Theres a chance of relapse.

    And she worried about the clients who have moved out but still need contact with supported housing workers.

    Its leaving them high and dry and setting them up for a fall, Scott said.

    Sarah Cockerill, the citys director of community services, said providing housing to the longest term

    shelter users and those sleeping outside is a new pri-ority to help end homelessness in the city.

    She said a review showed that focusing on those groups would have the most impact.

    Based on the new direction a number of agencies were unsuccessful in their RFP (request for pro-posal) process or saw changes to their funding that might change the way they do business. In the case of Safe Harbour, theyre an independent organization and certainly decisions to administer programs are their own, Cockerill said.

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