The province’s Attorney-General says she’s “confident” work will get underway soon on seismically upgrading many Vancouver schools.
Suzanne Anton kicked off “National Emergency Preparedness Week” by taking a ‘ride’ in an earthquake simulator.
“You know you always hear about how frightening it is for people when they’re caught in an earthquake. The length of time it shakes and the amount of shaking, you can see how much damage can be caused.”
And what about seismically upgrading all those Vancouver schools?
“Vancouver has a new project office and renewed determination so I feel fairly confident that the schools in Vancouver still start going forward more quickly.”
Vancouver lagging behind
Anton says there’s no question Vancouver is lagging behind districts like Surrey and Victoria when it comes to making sure schools can withstand a quake.
“In my riding of Fraserview we have a number of schools on the list and I would like to see all of them done so but I’m confident progress will be made now and that they will start to go forward in a more orderly and in a quicker manner.”
$2.2-billion has been set aside by the Province for seismic upgrades of schools.
However it has also said it won’t make its target, as promised by former Premier Gordon Campbell, of seismically upgrading BC’s schools by 2020.