As­bestos fi­asco to­tally un­ac­cept­able

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

The July 18 front-page story, “Pro­to­cols breached,” about the mis­han­dling of as­bestos re­moval at Three Oaks Se­nior High in Sum­mer­side must have a lot of peo­ple shak­ing their heads.

As­bestos re­moval isn’t a new prob­lem and I’m sure com­pa­nies do­ing this work charge through the nose to do it.

P.E.I. Pub­lic Schools Branch (re­mem­ber them from the school clo­sure fi­asco?) is in­volved, so maybe that’s a big part of the prob­lem.

PSB di­rec­tor Parker Grim­mer is quoted, in an email to Ed­u­ca­tion deputy min­is­ter Su­san Wil­lis: “While Chris (Keefe) feels the ex­po­sures in these cases are low and hope­fully the risk to stu­dents and staff is also low …”

“Hope­fully?” Wow, that must leave par­ents and fam­i­lies of stu­dents and staff with a com­fort­able feel­ing. The Chris Keefe re­ferred to in the email is school safety con­sul­tant for the PSB.

Some­body sure dropped the ball on this one. The con­sul­tant? The board? The con­trac­tor?

This needs to be in­ves­ti­gated and changes made to en­sure this never hap­pens again.

To­tally un­ac­cept­able. Heads should roll.

Lloyd Kerry, Char­lot­te­town

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