Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart.

Victoria Report: Action needed on flood and fire threats

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart looking for concrete measures from provincial government.

By Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart.

As we head into warmer and drier weather, many of us are concerned about wildfire season, which seems to be coming even earlier this year. The provincial government recently released its comprehensive review of last year’s wildfire response.

The report contains 108 recommendations which aim to further improve safety for British Columbians and outline systematic changes for natural disaster response.

The government says 19 of those recommendations are currently being implemented, but has not specified which ones.

Additionally, the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has stated he will develop an action plan in response to the report by October 31, well after this year’s wildfire and flood season. While it is understood that many of these practices cannot be implemented immediately, it is important that we are moving forward quickly and not repeating past mistakes.

As a member of a riding that suffered directly from last year’s wildfires and floods, the lack of a timely action plan to respond to the recent flooding threats and already active fire season is very frustrating. I believe we deserve more information regarding what our government is doing to protect B.C.’s Interior. So far, we have not heard of any concrete measures the government has taken—and there is little room in the budget for wildfire prevention.

Last year’s flood and wildfire season was extremely costly. By the time the flames were put out, B.C. had paid a total of $646 million.

So far, the Minister has only dedicated $50 million to prevention and risk reduction over three years.

I believe more can be done to prevent a large-scale disaster like the one we saw in 2017. We need to see action and to know that our government has heard our community members who are still coping with so much loss.

The full BC Flood and Wildfire Report can be found at https://bcfloodfirereview.ca.



editorial@accjournal.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Incumbents and acclaimed mayors win elections all across B.C.’s north

Fraser Lake saw their first female mayor elected

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Golden Country: Daylight reveals the devastation and extent of the Hope Slide

Amid more rockslides and treacherous conditions, the search for the victims begins.

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

LETTER: Writer prefers proportional representation system

‘One more step along the path toward more representatives and better-functioning governments.’

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

The Saudi government claimed Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight’

Most Read