Canada "Forgets" to Renew Wildfire Aviation, Crew, and Logistics Contracts for 2022.
"Uh Oh Canada"
Canada is in deep shit. A shocking letter, seen below, was written from a Member of the Provincial Parliament in Thunder Bay-Atikokan to the Natural Resources and Forestry Minister. In the letter, Judith Monteith-Farrell writes she has been informed that the Ontario Government hasn’t renewed aircraft, crew, or logistics contracts for the 2022 fire season. How on Earth did this happen?!
When it comes to wildfire policy and Government competence things have become so blatantly bad in Canada and The United States one starts to think it may even be deliberate. However, it’s seems the incompetence of the policy makers has once again been underestimated drastically.
The letter reads:
Hon. Greg Rickford Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
April 27, 2022
Re: serious concerns regarding preparation for the 2022 wildfire season
“Dear Minister Rickford, I am writing regarding a very serious and urgent situation I have been made aware of by multiple constituents. Constituents have advised that contracted aircraft, fire crews, and logistics have not been tendered for the upcoming fire season. They believe that the previous contracts expired March 31, 2022.
They say that at this point there are no contracts tendered for Type 2 Crews to support the Initial Attack Crews, no Birddog Aircraft to guide and supervise Water Bombers, and no Aerial Fire Detection. These are just some of the important contracts that they say are missing.
I have also been told by constituents that many Ontario wildland firefighters are leaving their positions for better and more stable employment, and that this has resulted in inadequately experienced workers being hired in technical and managerial positions.
They say that without improved wages, extended contract lengths, improved career prospects, and other employment improvements, Ontario's response capabilities will continue to decrease. What is your Ministry doing to address these very serious issues before the 2022 fire season? Due to the urgency of my question, I am requesting a response within one week.”
Sincerely, Judith Monteith-Farrell Member of Provincial Parliament Thunder Bay-Atikokan
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