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September 30, 2015 edition of the Red Deer Advocate

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  • A new event at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School will not only celebrate the schools diversity, it could also be the beginning of a need-ed breakfast program for the school.

    The inaugural DYEversity Relay which will include the use of pow-dered dye being tossed on relay partic-ipants was expected to attract about 300 people. The idea has taken off. There will be 82 teams with 625 partic-ipants, Sandre Bevan, a vice-principal at LTCHS, said Tuesday.

    The relay will run on Oct. 6, all day during school hours. The action of par-ticipants being painted with bright-ly-coloured cornstarch is similar to that seen at certain sporting events.

    During the event, there will be mu-sic, entertainment and other activities as teams make their way around the track at the school walking, running, in wheelchairs, whatever it takes to get around it. The dye-throwing would be in an adjacent field, not on the track.

    The day is about the message not the event. The vehicle is just the DYEversity Relay, said Bevan.

    She said last year she had been thinking about fun ways for the school to celebrate and promote diversity, involving as many people as possible, and the idea came to her. It was just

    something that made sense for our school, she said.

    We have such an unbelievably unique mix of students and staff in our school, and we have so many different programs and people.

    It will be one of those days when students are not a member of a partic-ular class, rather they will be part of an event where everyone is the same, Bevan said.

    The committee has sought business and community sponsorship to help cover costs, although Bevan admits this has been difficult because of the downturn in the Alberta economy. Any leftover funds will go toward starting a breakfast program at the school, she said.

    LTCHS has a wide range of pro-gramming, everything from the most challenged learners to its Internation-

    al Baccalaureate and everything in the middle. It also has a large ESL popula-tion, a large number of international students, and French immersion, Bev-an said.

    We are really very fortunate to have such an incredibly diverse group of individuals in our school. Its the fabric of our school.

    Sylvan Lake council has taken the plunge to spend up to $3.5 million fix-ing its trouble-prone pool.

    But the bad news is the Aquatic Centre wont be open again until the fall of 2016, only a few months ahead of the towns new multiplex, which is expected to be ready in February 2017.

    The scope of the necessary repairs, and other issues such as public safe-ty and staffing, will leave the towns swimmers looking elsewhere for water for another year.

    An option to reopen the pool on a limited basis from February to April

    next year was rejected by council. The pool would have had to close again after April to allow for construction work as part of the multiplex project.

    Town communications officer Jo-anne Gaudet said lining up lifeguards

    for a few months would likely have been difficult and there is no guaran-tee the necessary work would be done in time for an April temporary open-ing.

    Mayor Sean McIntyre said the tem-

    porary option was only on a best-case scenario timetable and still would not have meant a full schedule.

    Our understanding is most people in our community want to get back in the pool. So we chose the option that had the full repairs involved and our staff was saying the soonest time that can happen is October of next year.

    McIntyre shares his communitys disappointment.

    The whole situation is frustrating for me and, Im sure, the rest of the community. Theres really no reason that a facility that was built in 2000 should be having these kinds of prob-lems.

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    PLEASE RECYCLE

    Demographicshakeup

    Canadas seniors have edged out the number of children under the age of 15, according the latest population figures.

    Story on PAGE A5FORECAST ON A2

    WEATHER Sunny. High 22. Low 5.

    Swimmers left high and dryAQUATIC CENTRE EXPECTED TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL THE FALL OF 2016

    BY PAUL COWLEYADVOCATE STAFF SYLVAN LAKE

    OUR UNDERSTANDING IS MOST PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WANT TO GET BACK IN THE POOL. SO WE CHOSE THE OPTION THAT HAD THE FULL REPAIRS INVOLVED AND OUR STAFF WAS SAYING THE SOON-

    EST TIME THAT CAN HAPPEN IS OCTOBER OF NEXT YEAR. MAYOR SEAN MCINTYRE

    Please see POOL on Page A2

    DYEversity Relay fetes unique mix of students,

    staff

    Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

    Stefan Theriault takes a hit of dye to the face courtesy of classmate Jadyn Smith Tuesday afternoon. The two Lindsay Thurber Grade 12 students were demonstrating the dye that will be used in the schools DYEversity Relay to be held Oct. 6 at the school. More than 600 students are registered for the event.

    BY MARY-ANN BARRADVOCATE STAFF

    LTCHS

    Human trafficking case to have preliminary hearing in April 2016

    A husband and wife who own three Gasoline Alley businesses will get a chance to hear the evidence behind the human trafficking allegations they face.

    Ravinder and Varinder Sidhu of Red Deer face a list of charges, includ-ing three laid under the immigration and refugee protection act.

    They are accused of three offences under the act including: Organizing the coming into Cana-

    da of one or more persons by means of

    abduction, fraud, deception or use of threat of force or coercion. Employing a foreign national in a

    capacity in which the foreign national is not authorized. Counsel, induce aid or abet or

    attempt to counsel, aid or abet any per-son to directly or indirectly misrepre-sent or withhold material facts relat-ing to a relevant matter that induces or could induce an error.

    Ravinder, 46, and Varinder, 49, are the corporate directors of three Gaso-line Alley businesses including Econo Lodge Inn and Suites, the Holidy Li-quor Store and Winks.

    Defence counsel Will Willms ap-

    peared on behalf of the Sidhus in Red Deer provincial court before Judge Gordon Deck on Tuesday.

    Willms elected for a trial by Red Deer Court of Queens Bench judge and jury. He also requested a prelimi-nary hearing before the trial.

    Preliminary hearings are held to test the strength of the Crowns case to determine if it can proceed to trial.

    The two-day preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 18 and 19, 2016, in Red Deer provincial court. The case is being prosecuted by the special prose-cutions office out of Calgary.

    Additionally, the Sidhus are ac-cused of several Alberta Employment

    Standards Act offences. These charges include: Failure to comply with a notice to

    provide employment records. Obstructing an officer in the exer-

    cise of their duty by advising employ-ees not to co-operate and/or give false statements. Falsifying employment records. Giving false/misleading informa-

    tion to an investigating officer and fail-ing to keep employment records as re-quired.

    Pleas were not entered on these charges by Willms on Tuesday.

    mcrawford@reddeeradvocate.com

    BY MURRAY CRAWFORDADVOCATE STAFF

    Please see DYEVERSITY on Page A2

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    Investigation deems RCMP justified in shooting man in front of bank

    EDMONTON An investigation has cleared the RCMP of any wrongdoing in a shooting that injured a man in front of a bank in east-central Alberta last December.

    The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) says the use of force was justified when of-ficers responded to a 911 call in Vegreville about a robbery at the Toronto Dominion Banks automated teller.

    ASIRT says an officer arrived to find a man, car-rying a suspiciously shaped cloth bag, who did not ide