No more bullying or horseplay, or else
Disruptive behaviour in town facilities – the lobby of the rec centre for example – happens and the Town of Slave Lake is trying to do something about it. Council took a look at an updated version of the four-year-old code of conduct policy at its Dec. 4 meeting.
A few things had been added to the list of unacceptable behaviours. These include bullying, cannabis use, horseplay and chewing tobacco.
One new clause caused some concern with one or two councillors. This stated that children under the age of 12 have to be supervised. Councillor Joy McGregor noted that at the pool, kids have to be eight before they can attend the ‘family swim’ sessions without a parent. Having that new clause would be inconvenient for that.
Garry Roth, presenting the report, said “kids are coming directly after school unsupervised (to the MRC). That’s what we’re aiming at.”
Councillor Darin Busk: “If you’re doing homework – more power to you. If you’re being a pest….”
Mayor Tyler Warman: “To be fair, we have pests of all ages.”
McGregor suggested there were already enough prohibitions in the policy to deal with anyone – of any age – who is misbehaving, without the age provision.
“It could come out,” said Roth.
“Let’s remove it,” said Warman.
The policy allows staff to ban certain people from town facilities. That way, Roth said, “if you come back in after you’ve been served a ban order, now you (staff) can call the police.”
“Can it be a multi-facility ban?” asked councillor Rebecca King.
“There’s nothing that says it can’t,” said Roth.
Other things on the list of prohibited behaviour: Littering, spitting, possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs, abusive or obscene language, fighting, possession of an illegal weapon, immoral conduct or indecency.
Council accepted the policy as amended.
The MRC lobby: apparently not everyone has been behaving like an angel.