Driven: How the Bathurst Tragedy Ignited a Crusade for Change

Driven : how the Bathurst tragedy ignited a crusade for change
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Driven: How the Bathurst Tragedy Ignited a Crusade for Change

In the weeks that followed two women who lost their sons forged a bond. Ana Acevedo and Isabelle Hains were transformed by their grief into unlikely agents of courage and change. This book follows Isabelle and Ana? Read more Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.

Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item In the early hours of January 12, , seven members of a high school basketball team and their coach's wife died instantly when their school van collided with a tractor trailer. Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.

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Dec 15, Ann Douglas rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , read-in The moms do their own spadework after feeling a miscarriage of justice towards their sons. They have this mysterious belief that I can accomplish anything. A lengthy battle ensues as they challenge the government status quo, the accepted way of doing things, against all the odds. The impact not only shattered the lives of eight families and their community, but rippled across Canada. Legalizing pot tied to less teen marijuana use Updated 3 hours ago.

Hains and Acevedo gathered signatures on petitions, held a news conference, appeared on television and wrote letters to Premier Shawn Graham and provincial ministers, demanding an inquest and some form of accountability for the deaths of their sons. They also applied pressure via an online blog called VanAngels. The inquest took place over two weeks in May, with a jury hearing from a range of witnesses including Wayne Lord and various school officials.

Some of the most important testimony came from the Bathurst schools superintendent, who said that at the time of the crash, provincial guidelines existed to promote safe practices for extracurricular school travel — such as not travelling during snowstorms. However, the superintendent said individual schools interpreted the guidelines as they saw fit, and that the system was not regularly monitored, nor were the guidelines enforced by any authority. The inquest issued 24 recommendations for extracurricular school travel, none of them binding on the government. These included a Canada-wide ban on using seat vans, a weather law prohibiting travel during bad winter weather, and a requirement that schools only transport students to off-site activities in yellow school buses driven by trained school bus drivers.

The yellow school bus recommendation was designed to address a double standard exposed by the Bathurst tragedy. Across most of Canada, a strict safety regime governed the way school boards transported children between home and school in yellow school buses driven by professional drivers.

Yet in most provinces, the same regime did not exist for transporting children to off-site school events. Limited funding meant that schools relied instead on a range of options for extracurricular travel — including seat vans driven by teachers and coaches, and sometimes private vehicles driven by parents — an ad hoc system with unreliable safeguards.

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The New Brunswick government pledged to enact most of the inquest recommendations it had already banned seat vans for school use soon after the crash. However, the government declined to introduce a weather law, or to require only yellow school buses and professional drivers for all extracurricular travel, saying the financial cost was too high.

The government did take responsibility for the maintenance of extracurricular school vehicles, vowing to equip them with winter tires during winter months. Having convinced the provincial government, through her advocacy, to hold an inquest, Isabelle Hains expanded her campaign for student safety, by seeking national standards for extracurricular transportation. Her main goal was a nationwide ban on the use of seat vans by Canadian schools. She wanted them replaced by multi-function activity buses MFABs , a mini version of the yellow school bus, considered a safer alternative to seat vans.

The bill never became law, but it raised awareness about the issue in political circles and among Canadians.

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Hains and her Van Angels group also persuaded the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, representing the provincial, territorial and federal transport ministries, to undertake a comprehensive study of seat vans. In a report, the council revealed that nearly 28, such vans were in use across the country as of The council refused to recommend a ban on the vans for children, saying the financial cost of replacing them would be impractical for many schools.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Driven by Richard Foot. In the early hours of January 12, , seven members of a high school basketball team and their coach's wife died instantly when their school van collided with a tractor trailer. Travelling in dirty weather, minutes from their Bathurst, New Brunswick, homes, the impact forever shattered the lives of eight families and their community. In the weeks that followed the horrific crash, two women who lost their sons in the accident forged a bond.

Ana Acevedo and Isabelle Hains were transformed by their unimaginable grief into unlikely agents of courage and change.

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It was Isabelle and Ana who pushed the provincial government into holding an inquest into the accident. It was Isabelle and Ana who pushed the province into following the recommendations of that inquest. And it was Isabelle and Ana who made it safer for children to travel to extracurricular activities, in New Brunswick and across the country. A gripping story told in heartbreaking detail, Driven reveals the truth behind one of this country's worst school tragedies, and the two women who fought for justice in the name of their sons.

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