De­fi­ance of bad weather needs to be chal­lenged

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - Glenn Dove Ge­orges River

Af­ter the last storm I had wrote a let­ter to the ed­i­tor (Open­ing Schools Mon­day an Ap­palling De­ci­sion, Dec. 8), con­tacted a school board mem­ber and called board trans­porta­tion co-or­di­na­tor Colleen MacMullin and su­per­in­ten­dent Ed Davis ( who didn’t re­spond) to try to raise the im­por­tance of our chil­dren’s safety while they are be­ing trans­ported.

Af­ter Tues­day’s lack of judg­ment I can see it was to no avail.

The wind chill tem­per­a­ture was at mi­nus 26, vis­i­bil­ity was near zero and not a sin­gle road in the district was clear, yet MacMullin felt it was safe for our chil­dren to walk to the bus stops and stand wait­ing in the frigid tem­per­a­tures and poor vis­i­bil­ity for buses that don’t even have seat­belts.

She told me the process she fol­lows is to call agen­cies such as the RCMP, re­gional po­lice and the pro­vin­cial trans­porta­tion depart­ment to de­ter­mine whether it is safe. If th­ese agen­cies are giv­ing her the green light, then shame on them, though I se­ri­ously doubt this is the case.

Davis and the elected school board must take an ac­tive part in re­view­ing what hap­pened in th­ese last two events to en­sure that this doesn’t hap­pen again. If you are con­cerned as I am, con­tact th­ese of­fi­cials to let them know.

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