Edmonton Boys Pipe Band cancels trip due to H1N1 policy

Published: May 31, 2009
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The annual Regina and Moose Jaw highland games in Saskatchewan will be a band less after the Edmonton Boys Pipe Band of Edmonton, Alberta, decided to withdraw from the competition out of concern for the spread of H1N1 virus, or “swine flu,” which has garnered world attention over the last two weeks.

Various Alberta school boards have recently set a “no-travel” policy in the wake of the virus outbreak and, while the Edmonton Boys band is not connected with a school district, concerned parents questioned the band’s plans and withdrew their children from the May 15-17 trip, thus leaving the group short of numbers, compromising its ability to compete.

Founded in 1929, the Grade 4 band has the longest history of any band in Alberta. It also accepts female members.

“This extraordinary decision made in light of the H1N1 Virus situation was not reached easily and we will be looking forward to the Regina & Moose Jaw highland games in 2010,” the band said in a correspondence to the games organizers.

Edmonton Boys Pipe Band

 The move is believed to be the first time instance of a band changing plans due to concerns about the spread of the H1N1 virus.

The band also plans to travel to compete in Scotland in 2010.

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  1. KylieMacHattie

    It is really too bad the Boys (and girls) won’t be there. I’m sure they were looking forward to it. James MacHattie

  2. Bagpipermann

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”………….. Perhaps this will help solve the controvesy surrounding international adjudicators (possible travel ban to Scotland in August?).”

  3. Macnab

    Struth!! Just shows to go ya what over the top fear mongering can do! Whats next ?The Todd bar closed because of Ewe’flu”

  4. Macnab

    Struth!! Just shows to go ya what over the top fear mongering can do! Whats next ?The Todd bar closed because of Ewe’flu”

  5. andrewpiperguy@hotmail.com

    You have to be kidding me! I guess Regina is a center for Canadian ‘swine flu’, I had no idea that Moose Jaw was so close to Mexico! Note to parents: It’s called a bubble… raise your children in one.

  6. KMartin

    more people died of diarrhoea yesterday than of the swine flu. I feel terrible that these kids have been let down because of this nonsense

  7. RWilson

    Maybe they are cancelling the trip in light of the fact that the only serious case of swine flu requiring hospitalization occured in Edmonton…wait that would mean that Moosejaw and Regina are safer?

  8. Bert

    This whole thing is becoming a bit of a lark. Since when did the absence of one band at a contest deserve so much attention? I’m confident that for whatever reasons, it was made in the best interest of the youngsters and the band. It’s not the end of the world and people should lighten up.

  9. KylieMacHattie

    It is really too bad the Boys (and girls) won’t be there. I’m sure they were looking forward to it. James MacHattie

  10. Bagpipermann

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”………….. Perhaps this will help solve the controvesy surrounding international adjudicators (possible travel ban to Scotland in August?).”

  11. Macnab

    Struth!! Just shows to go ya what over the top fear mongering can do! Whats next ?The Todd bar closed because of Ewe’flu”

  12. Macnab

    Struth!! Just shows to go ya what over the top fear mongering can do! Whats next ?The Todd bar closed because of Ewe’flu”

  13. andrewpiperguy@hotmail.com

    You have to be kidding me! I guess Regina is a center for Canadian ‘swine flu’, I had no idea that Moose Jaw was so close to Mexico! Note to parents: It’s called a bubble… raise your children in one.

  14. KMartin

    more people died of diarrhoea yesterday than of the swine flu. I feel terrible that these kids have been let down because of this nonsense

  15. RWilson

    Maybe they are cancelling the trip in light of the fact that the only serious case of swine flu requiring hospitalization occured in Edmonton…wait that would mean that Moosejaw and Regina are safer?

  16. Bert

    This whole thing is becoming a bit of a lark. Since when did the absence of one band at a contest deserve so much attention? I’m confident that for whatever reasons, it was made in the best interest of the youngsters and the band. It’s not the end of the world and people should lighten up.

  17. Bagpipermann

    The decision not go becomes more ridiculous with each passing day. Isn’t the modern media and it’s hype machine a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder. Can you believe anything at all? (other than what I write!)

  18. Bagpipermann

    The decision not go becomes more ridiculous with each passing day. Isn’t the modern media and it’s hype machine a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder. Can you believe anything at all? (other than what I write!)

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