B.C. Wildfires Government Response Inadequate

B.C. wildfires  government

B.C. wildfires government response  is inadequate, Premier John Horgan acknowledges.

The premier says budgeting for B.C. wildfires have been “laughable.

He blames previous governments for the situation.

“We have serious challenges for public health and we need to adapt our policy making, working with all levels of government to make sure that as we go forward we’re better prepared.”

But despite premier’s assertion the current government knows it has a  problem.

Last year Carol Bellringer, B.C.’s auditor-general, issued a report on the province’s climate change plans.

“A robust, prioritized, publicly available risk assessment can help ensure that all government ministries and partners are clear about which risks exist and which are the most critical to mitigate,” Bellringer says.

The report says there is no clear-cut plan in place to deal with natural disasters such as wildfires, drought, and flooding.

And the B.C. government has taken notice.

Last month it convened a conference on climate change.

“Our forests are changing, so we need to change, too,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

“Adapting to new challenges posed by wildfires and responding to the effects of climate change on our natural environment are critical, and require a concerted effort by all levels of government and land managers.”

So far has spent B.C. has spent almost $274 million this year in direct firefighting costs.

That is more than four times the budget of $63 million.

B.C. Wildfires Government Response Inadequate

But budgets aren’t the only problems.

There are others, says Carol Bellinger, B.C.’s  auditor-general.

In a report issued last year she says:

“A robust, prioritized, publicly available risk assessment can help ensure that all government ministries and partners are clear about which risks exist and which are the most critical to mitigate,” Bellringer said.

The report says there is no clear-cut plan in place to deal with natural disasters such as wildfires, drought, and flooding.

And the B.C. government has taken notice.

Last month it convened a conference on climate change.

“Our forests are changing, so we need to change, too,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

Meanwhile, the air quality in Vancouver has reached the terrible stage.

In fact, it is worse than in one of the world’s most polluted cities – Beijing.


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