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Extreme cold cancels rural school buses

School bus authorities outside of Ottawa have cancelled buses for a second day, but Ottawa school buses are running.
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Another morning of bitterly-cold temperatures and biting windchills cancelled school buses outside of Ottawa, Tuesday, but some parents in the capital think the call should have been made to cancel buses in the city, Monday morning.

An extreme cold warning from Environment Canada remains in effect, prompting school transportation authorities to cancel buses in the following school districts:

  • Renfrew County
  • Upper Canada District School Board
  • Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
  • French-language schools outside of Ottawa

All schools are open. Ottawa school buses are running normally.

Some parents in Ottawa are unhappy with the decision to run school buses, Monday, despite delays on some school bus routes of up to an hour, with windchills that dipped as low as minus-40.









The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority decides whether to cancel school transportation based on things like road conditions, precipitation, and visibility. It does not have a temperature criteria for cancelling school buses.


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