B.C. passes new legislation aimed at preparing for and mitigating emergencies

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Nov 03, 2023 – Wolf Depner/The Chilliwack Progress

Emergency Minister Bowinn Ma said new legislation passed Wednesday (Nov. 1) marks a new approach toward emergency management in response to criticism from the political opposition.

She added that it puts a stronger emphasis on preparing for and mitigating emergencies before they happen, which will make people and their communities safer when events like wildfires occur.

“The devastating impacts of this summer’s severe wildfires, along with more-frequent flooding and B.C.’s ongoing drought, are stark reminders that climate change is affecting our lives faster than anyone expected,” she said, adding that the legislation gives B.C. the most comprehensive ​and forward-looking emergency management framework in Canada.

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