expert, school bus driver must be one of the

Quirks of

most stressful jobs around. (And if a bomb

disposal expert is around, we have bigger

issues than weather to worry about.)


But, this is serious stuff, people. Early

advisories are important for the many who

are affected by bus transportation. When a

Did you get a chance to check out those

“snow rolls” that popped up a few weeks

bus run is cancelled, parents have to worry


about who will look after the kids, and kids

But before you cue the pan flutes,

While you debate that contentious topic

They were everywhere, appearing out

have to start preparing how to spend this

remember that Mother Nature can be fickle,

among yourselves, let us agree that no

of the blue on fields, pastures, lawns,

bonus day, a Saturday in the middle of the

and sometimes downright mean.

snow is no good.



As usual, we have had the mixed bag of


The cylinders, in various sizes, looked

extremes this winter, although this has been

All school systems have mechanisms in

a protective cover for fields.

as if they had fallen from the heavens. At

a particularly dangerous season on area

place to “make the call” to can

Of course, no snow is bad news for the

first glance, one suspected a hoax, along

roads. Beforewe reached the end of January,

many outdoor sports enthusiasts, snow

transportation, and to communicate that

the lines of crop circles.


removal contractors, snowmobile and

decision to the public.

But these oddities were obviously not

accidents in our district.

snowblower vendors, and sports

This school year, Student Transportation

the work of humans; these were the

Weather is always a possible factor in

equipment retailers.

of Eastern Ontario (STEO), the

creations of a power far stronger than

almost any mishap. Obviously, motorists



transportation consortium for the Catholic

must constantly be conscious of the hazards

snow-wise, however, we have had a large

Mother Nature, that ubiquitous force

District School Board of Eastern Ontario

posed by ice and snow.

number of “snow days,” when school bus

with a weird sense of humour, was at

(CDSBEO) and the Upper Canada District

However, at times the absence of snow

transportation has been cancelled but

work again.

School Board (UCDSB), says it has

can contribute to trouble.

schools have remained open.

As everyone by now knows, snow rolls

improved the way bus cancellations are

For example, just after Christmas, a

The few times we hear Prescott-Russell

are fashioned when wet snow is propelled

Vankleek Hill house burned down on a


mentioned on the big-city radio stations

by winds across flat surfaces. They are the

frigid day when sub-zero winds were

“STEO has worked vigorously to

are when weather reports and school bus

wintry equivalent of tumbleweed. Once a

lashing the area. The tenant believed that a

improve communication with parents and

advisories are broadcast.

particle of snow starts to roll, it has a sort

lack of snow, which was used as a natural

students about decisions to cancel busing

But this winter it seems that we have

of snowball effect.

insulator, may have led to water pipes

been receiving a lot of airtime because

if snowy or icy conditions make bus travel

But the rolls, or “snow pipes,” rarely

freezing. When the owner tried to thaw the

school bus cancellations have been very

appear because their formation relies on

unsafe,” said Ron Cotnam, STEO’s General

pipes, a heater contacted dry material and

common so far this year.

the proper combination of temperature,

Manager and Chief Administrative Officer,

the blaze started. Fortunately, nobody was

Better safe than sorry.

moisture and wind velocity.

in a statement recently.



Yes, if you have seen a snow roll, you

See the next page, please.

What is the proper amount of snowfall?

are indeed blessed.

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