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PCs Promise More Schools While They Close Another One Down
Today’s front-page story in the Edmonton Journal reports Alison Redford promising 50 new schools and 70 more renovated over 4 years. The promise is viewed as a desperation move by Redford, in response to the latest poll which puts the Wildrose at 43% support and the PCs at 30%.
The real irony in this is while a promise is made for many new and renovated schools, the PCs have put the nails in the coffin of Colchester Elementary School in the County of Strathcona.
The massive Heartland power line will be built above ground within about 140m of the school by AltaLink, SNC-Lavalin and EPCOR, with the support of the PC government, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). School parents have voted overwhelmingly that they will not send their children to the school because they do not want to jeopardize their health and safety. With the line this close to the school, they have asked that the line be buried to eliminate the reported negative health and safety impacts of an overhead line.
Unfortunately, the PC government, the AESO, AUC, AltaLink and EPCOR do not want the line buried. As a result, the school will be closing once the Heartland line is built. Even the local PC candidate, Dave Quest, supports the Heartland line. This is a travesty considering that close to 200 students attend the school, the school has been well maintained, and it has one of the finest reputations within the Elk Island Public Schools system.
The parents’ only hope now is that the PCs lose the upcoming election, because all opposition parties are opposed to an overhead Heartland line.