PETERS – B.C. State of Emergency needed for practical, symbolic reasons
IT MIGHT BE STUBBORNNESS, it might be ignorance, or it might be embarrassment that is preventing politicians from declaring a provincial State of Emergency in B.C., but it is certainly not the logistical needs we are seeing.
What we are seeing this year in terms of our fire activity is really not dissimilar from 2017 and 2018, when states of emergency were quickly called for and put in place.
Either they weren’t warranted then, or one is now.
They told us they can’t even respond to every wildfire that pops up right now; they have to stick to the ones that threaten lives and properties.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.
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