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School bus accident sends five to hospital
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Department remained on scene assisting in on-site driving around school buses, especially in winter Protective services director Bhari said the RCMP
assessment, passengers, road closure, and traffic conditions,” said Gilks. response was “spectacular” the members that were
control. The Yellowhead County Council is calling for a on the scene were great to work with and handled the
According to Yellowhead County director of formal inquiry into the incident. “Yellowhead situation well.
protective services Albert Bhari and CAO Jack County Council is requesting a formal inquiry into The vehicle that hit the bus is likely a “write off”
Ramme, once the emergency responders arrived on the incident in regards to how emergency services according to Bhari and other witnesses who said it
scene there were further complications as they were were contacted, deployed, as well as the response was dead in the road with the front bumper pushed
denied access to the bus in order to assess the they received by those already on scene. back into the frame. With very few flares on the
students. “When we initially arrived we were Yellowhead County Council is concerned that the road, lights, or notice for other drivers Ramme said,
restricted from entering the bus. That issue was 911 call centre was circumvented and that this was “We were just lucky they didn't get hit again.”
later resolved.” the cause for a delayed response by the appropriate The incident is currently under investigation.
Gilks said access was not denied but rather the emergency services,” said the county press release. Gilks said it is division policy not to discuss details
school division personnel initially refused to vacate "Why 911 was never called we just can't until the investigation is complete but assured that
the bus as they wanted to remain on the bus in order understand,” said CAO Ramme, “The RCMP called the GYPSD will, “Immediately correct any
to account for all the students. as soon as they heard a truck and a bus were in a emergency protocols that we have in place if it is
“We take very seriously the health, safety, and collision. It was maybe 30 seconds after they heard concluded that there is a need,” and stressed that the
security of our kids,” said Gilks, “It was a very of the incident that they called to alert YCFD and student's and wellbeing and safety is “paramount.”
chaotic scene. She did not want to get in their way AHS.”
but she also did not want kids scattered all over as “Grande Yellowhead does have emergency crisis
the incident occurred on the highway.” protocols to follow
Traffic on Bear Lake Road was temporarily closed including a call out to 911
before opening one lane to allow alternating traffic services although each
through. An area resident assisted in directing situation is unique, and the
traffic until the first responders arrived. steps taken may be
“We want to sincerely thank everyone who different each time,” said a
PC Leader
volunteered to help with the incident Monday night. follow up release from PC Leadership Candidateship Candidate
And to please ask the public to be extra careful GYPSD.
Richard Starke visits Edsond Starke visits Edson

December 20
Galloway Station Museum & Travel Centre
7 pm to 9 pm

Come meet PC Leadership Candidate Richard Starke and
hear about his vision of a renewed Progressive
Conservative Party in Alberta.
New PC Members welcome!

Sid's Safety
Electrician Rae-Anne Wadey with her sister Robyn on December 1 getting
ready to install solar panels on the new recycling building. The building
should be ready to use by December 9. photo Deanna Mitchener & Janitor al
New solar panels help

5928 - 3rd Avenue, Edson, Alberta T7E 1R8
power Recycle Depot Phone: (780) 723-6575 Fax: (780) 723-6567

by Deanna Mitchener apprenticeship program and will have Email:
her journeyman certification by next
Solar technology has improved over summer. Rae-Anne says, "I have
Merry Christmas
the years and the Edson and District been involved with solar power and
Recycle Depot is taking full renewable energy for the past five Merry Christmas
advantage of that with the installation years. When I was in high school I
of solar power to their buildings. used to work here at the Recycle
Manager of the Recycle Depot, Depot for two and a half years, so it is
Anne Auriat, said, "Six solar panels pretty cool being back here and and
go in this building and we are looking installing solar panels. The very first
Happy New Year
at 70 or more panels on the backside solar panel I installed was on the Take
where we put the addition." It or Leave It building when it Happy New Year
The depot is utilizing saltwater opened. The solar panels on the Take
batteries which are considered cutting It or Leave It building are connected
to All.
edge and lower maintenance. "If you into the grid where as this one is to All.
ever have a spill it's only saltwater battery and no grid tied in."
plus at the end it is completed Robyn, a first-year apprentice, says,
recyclable," said Auriat. "It was more "We really get along. We live
expensive but if you take into account together and work together. I just
the lower maintenance costs and the starting getting into this since June
increased longevity it makes it more but it has been great and I am really
From the staff at
affordable." enjoying the work. It's hard work but From the staff at
Sisters Rae-Anne and Robyn can be fun too. When you get to work
Wadey, employees of an Edmonton- alongside family it's great.
Sid’s Safety
based solar company, are doing the Auriat said, "We believe strongly
installation. They grew up in the this is the right direction to be Sid’s Safety
Edson area and attended Parkland heading. We are getting up to 70% of
High School. Rae-Anne was in the our energy needs coming from solar
& Janitorial
first graduating class of Nait's power. We only have 30 % to go and & Janitorial
Alternative Energy Technology we will be covering of our needs
Program before entering the electrical 100% and feeding back into the
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