BC’s Justice Minister is offering assurances her government is taking the necessary steps to ensure the province is ready for a major earthquake.
“There’s a massive amount of work underway. We’re upgrading 911. We’ve upgraded our notification system.”
Suzanne Anton is responding to the latest report indicating the provincial government needs to reverse deep-seated ‘apathy’ to what many consider an inevitable crisis.
“We have plans in place, for instance, we have a tsunami plan, so there are a lot of individual plans, but it’s the major coordinating role, the big plan, the big piece that’s being put together at the moment.”
Anton adds, one recommendation to hire more staff is already being implemented, but she’s not saying yet how much new funding will be dedicated to overall preparations.
The province is quick to publicize any new updates to liquor laws, but quietly posted the report on its website yesterday, without making the minister available.
Kathryn Harrison, a political scientist at UBC, says the government needs to handle the earthquake file a lot better.
She says it’s going to cost a lot more than expected to bring schools up to seismic standards.
“But it’s incredibly important, I think, first off, because these are our children who are most at risk, and some of the most unsafe buildings in the Lower Mainland in British Columbia happen to be public schools.”