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Bowness parents refunded for Vimy Ridge excursion

Jason Jolicouer said he's been pleased with how the school handled the situation, despite his disappointment in the CBE's decision

One Calgary parent is upset that his daughter's trip to the Vimy Ridge memorial, shown here during a 90th anniversary ceremony, was cancelled. The CBE said they stand by their decision due to the French government's extension of its nationwide state of emergency.

The Canadian Press

One Calgary parent is upset that his daughter's trip to the Vimy Ridge memorial, shown here during a 90th anniversary ceremony, was cancelled. The CBE said they stand by their decision due to the French government's extension of its nationwide state of emergency.

The father of a Bowness High School Grade 12 student, whose class trip to Vimy Ridge was cancelled, said he’s happy with the way the school has handled the situation.

Jason Jolicoeur expressed frustration to Metro last week after the trip, planned for nearly a year, was cancelled because the CBE decided to continue their France and Belgium travel ban when the “the French government elected to extend the nationwide state of emergency until late January 2017.”

Jolicoeur said although upset by the missed opportunity for his daughter, he’s been happy with how the school has dealt with the situation, fully refunding families and communicating with him directly, even if he disagrees with the CBE decision. 

The father said it’s still frustrating there are no alternatives available for Grade 12 students who were signed up for the trip. 

“For the younger students there are still other opportunities to travel as a class, but the Grade 12’s are out of luck,” he said.