About says it all, I think!Emergency Preparedness in Canada: How the Fine Arts of Bafflegab and Procrastination Hobble the People Who Will Be Trying to Save You When Things Get Really Bad
Senate: Government 'bafflegab' hinders disaster preparedness
Linda Nguyen, Canwest News Service Published: Wednesday, September 03, 2008
OTTAWA -- Canada is not sufficiently prepared to cope with serious national emergencies, from natural disasters to terrorist attacks, according to a scathing report released by the Senate yesterday.
The report by the standing Senate committee on national security and defence criticizes the Canadian government for procrastinating in implementing and maintaining disaster readiness programs across the country, leaving Canadians vulnerable to natural and manmade disasters.
"We raised a number of issues four years ago and the government has been brain-dead ever since," said Liberal senator and committee chairman Colin Kenny yesterday. "They have not moved forward on any of the main issues and their attitude is wrong."
The report, lightheartedly titled Emergency Preparedness in Canada: How the Fine Arts of Bafflegab and Procrastination Hobble the People Who Will Be Trying to Save You When Things Get Really Bad, follows up a similar report tabled in 2004 that looked at the country's level of readiness following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"Seven years have elapsed since Sept. 11, 2001. Yet, despite all the bureaucratic promises from three successive (federal) governments, progress is still 'just around the corner,' " the report said. "And Canada's emergency preparedness capacity is clearly still thin and fragmented."
The report cites the 1985 Air India bombing as the country's "first national wake-up call," and urges the current government to become more prepared in light of terrorist threats and natural disasters, such as massive flooding in Quebec, the E. coli water contamination problem in Walkerton, Ont., forest fires in British Columbia, the mad cow scare in Alberta and SARS in Ontario.
The committee noted that many of the 12 recommendations made in yesterday's report were identified as "long-standing weaknesses" in the previous Senate report, Canada's Fragile Front Lines.
© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008
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My Uncle had a saying"If you can't dazzle them with your brilliance,baffle them with your bullsh**".
Words to live by for some people that talk a good line but can't act on whatever they said.
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