POETS (again)

If you’re a regular reader, you may have already seen this POETS acronym before – it stands for Piss On Everything Tomorrow’s Saturday.   I often say it and it never fails to leave a puzzled look on the person’s face until I explain – and then I’ll get a chuckle from them or they’ll ignore me.

Yesterday, on my drive to West Vancouver, I heard something that has bothered me ever since but I didn’t know if I should write about it or not – because I never write about politics or religion.  But sometimes, we have to take a stand on issues that involve the welfare of children, women or pets.  I should also include seniors in that category – but unfortunately, I don’t know any senior citizens – my friends are all under 100 years of age.

Apparently, there’s a bus driver in Abbotsford, BC, who started a petition and he has already got more than 80,000 signatures!  Now, I don’t always sign my name to a petition – but I will support any worthy cause – so, I am definitely going to drive to Abbotsford today, to sign his or her petition.  The driver believes that all school buses should be mandated by law, to have seatbelts.  Apparently, here in Canada, none of our thousands of school buses have seatbelts for the children to fasten when seated.

Am I the only one who didn’t know this?

Although I have never been inside a school bus – I just assumed that a child’s safety was a very high priority and that seatbelts had to be worn – but I was wrong.

Stop what you’re doing right now, and take a moment to think about your children or grandchildren.  I already know that you’re an excellent parent or grandparent – because I’ve seen how well you look after yours; ensuring that they always wear their seatbelts.  Vehicles also have alarms that scream when you don’t have your seatbelt on – yet, we’ll pile a busload of hyperactive tots in a yellow bus – with flashing lights as the only safety feature.

Most Canadians are still mourning the loss of the 16 young hockey players killed and 13 injured in the terrible accident in Humbolt, Saskatchewan last year.  I don’t know if that bus was a chartered bus or a school bus – so I don’t know if the Humbolt Bronco hockey players were wearing seatbelts.  I haven’t been on a chartered bus in the past 30 years, so I don’t know if they are even equipped with seatbelts or not.  But if not – they should be!

It’s ironic that you are forced to fasten your seatbelt on an airplane.

And in Canada, wearing a seatbelt is compulsory when in a vehicle.  Most people fasten them as soon as they get into their vehicle – but not because they’re worried about getting a ticket from the cops.  They wear them because they know that in the event of an accident, the seatbelt will keep them and their loved ones safer.  And isn’t that what we teach our kids?  Why then, are we sacrificing their safety?

And why would any school board not demand seatbelts on the buses that they purchase?

Photo from the city of Humbolt, Saskatchewan

The “Humboldt Broncos 1st Year Memorial Service” will be held at 4:30 PM on Saturday, April 6th, 2019, at the Elgar Petersen Arena in Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

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After our weekly coffee at the Whitby House in White Rock, Norm and I took a stroll down the promenade to see the progress of the construction.  Norm and I usually offer to supervise the workers and today, we were both offered a job.

New ped crossing barriers on the Promenade (March 29, 2019) Photo by Danny

 

“What are you boys working on?” I asked.

“We’re putting lights and crossing barriers at each of the pedestrian crossings.  We’ll now have 8 crossings along the Promenade to access the beach or pier.”‘  replied a cheerful worker.

“POETS”, I shouted as Norm and I waved goodbye to them.

“TGIF”, he replied.

As we neared the large white rock on the beach, Norm said he had to go soon, so we headed back to our vehicles.  We shook hands, as we always do and said our goodbyes.

I rushed home to write this quickly before I go for my daily two-hour walk.  And then I’m driving to Abbotsford, to sign the bus driver’s petition.  I’m also going to ask him if the yellow school buses have seatbelts for the drivers?  I’m almost afraid to hear the answer.

Dedicated to the Humbolt Broncos Hockey Team and their families

Hugs,

Danny

Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

Where Have All The Flowers Gone – lyrics

Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
Young girls have picked them every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young girls gone?
Gone to young men every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young men gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young men gone?
Gone for soldiers every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the soldiers gone?
A long time ago
Where have all the soldiers gone?
Gone to graveyards every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the graveyards gone?
Gone to flowers every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

Songwriters: Peter Seeger
Where Have All The Flowers Gone lyrics © The Bicycle Music Company

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4 thoughts on “POETS (again)

  1. I never rode a school bus in my life with a seat belt on that I recall.
    I also wonder about the history of other accidents that never got media attention where families lost children. Your doing a good thing by signing.

    1. Maybe, if every parent called their local school board and got them to explain why the school buses don’t have seatbelts – there will be a better answer than, “The bus manufacturer doesn’t build school buses with seat belts.” Thanks, Sue! Hugs, Danny

  2. I was a school bus driver for 13 years, yes the driver had a seat belt on all buses, and if I remember some of the small buses did, but not the large one. I was on a school bus last weekend used as a shuttle bus for the Festival du Bois in Coquitlam, and the seat backs were very high, I couldn’t see over them! The high backs are what is supposed to keep kids safe! The Broncos bus was probably a highway coach and may noy have had seat belts. In the UK the National Buses that carry passengers from city to city do have seat seats and passengers are expected to use them.

    1. Thank you, Brenda, for the clarification. Canada should learn from the UK example and begin retrofitting all existing school buses. And I agree with you – high seat backs are not the answer! Hugs, Danny

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