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Deputy police chief Kates pledges full police support if needed when YMCA continues female-only swim Sunday
by Jeffrey Ougler
Should the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA opt to continue female-only swims — the organization indicated Tuesday evening it will host a swim Sunday — Sault Ste. Marie Police Service will do its utmost to keep the event afloat amid calm waters, says Deputy Chief Bob Kates.
Last Sunday's swim was cancelled following a flurry of online and vocal opposition, and Kates confirmed police were contacted by the organization last Saturday and told an identified male had telephoned the McNabb Street facility's front desk indicating that he and about 50 other males planned to "attend" the Y the following day at 11 a.m. The swim was slated for noon.
"They would be taking over the pool," said Kates in an interview Tuesday, referring to the content of the anonymous message.
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