Provincial State of Emergency Declared for British Columbia

The following e-bulletin was issued on November 17th by the Province of British Columbia:

Provincial State of Emergency Declared:
The B.C. government is declaring a provincial state of emergency to mitigate impacts on transportation networks and movement of essential goods and supplies, and to support the provincewide response and recovery from the widespread damage caused by severe flooding and landslides in British Columbia.

“Provincial, federal and local governments are working with emergency personnel to make sure people and communities get the help they need as they work through yet another natural disaster. This provincial declaration of emergency will ensure the transport of goods, and essential and emergency services,” said Premier John Horgan. “Thank you to everyone for doing what you can to stay safe and to help one another as we work through this catastrophic time.”

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, made the declaration on Nov. 17, 2021, based on the recommendation from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Emergency Management BC. The declaration will take effect immediately.

“This provincewide declaration will help us with the challenges ahead as we recover from the utter devastation that’s been caused by this natural disaster,” said Farnworth. “Getting our rail and roadways back up and in operation is a top priority, and the declaration will enable us to put the resources in place to make that happen.”

The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days and may be extended or rescinded as necessary. The state of emergency applies to the whole province and ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to protect the public, which remains the provincial government’s top priority.

“Our focus is on clearing, repairing and reopening roads to connect the Interior and the North to the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, to get our supply chains moving,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We are working closely with multiple partners to make this happen. It is a big job, but collectively we are up to the challenge and will get things opened up again just as soon as we possibly can.”

There are approximately 17,775 people evacuated due to impacts from the flooding, with 5,918 properties on Evacuation Order, and 3,632 properties on Evacuation Alert.

The federal government has responded to and accepted British Columbia’s requests for assistance. In the coming days, additional federal personnel and resources will be arriving in B.C. to assist.

The state of emergency gives agencies, such as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC, the RCMP and others the ability to use extraordinary measures to protect people and communities.

Quick Facts:

  • Declarations of provincial states of emergency may be issued by the minister responsible under the Emergency Program Act.
  • The provincial government can extend the period of a declaration made by the minister responsible.

Learn More:

For information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit Emergency Info BC: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/

For the latest information on roads and travel, visit: www.drivebc.ca


Paul Cavalier Awarded the Ken Hellawell Award 2021

This years recipient of The Ken Hellawell Award is Paul Cavalier. This annual award recognizes contributions made by an individual that is active or retired from the Ontario Transportation industry and exhibits extraordinary leadership, initiative, creativity, and innovation towards the advancement of health and safety.

Paul’s career spanned over 50 years of which 45 he was involved in snow and ice operations and training. Paul recently retired from the City of Ottawa, Fleet Training Services, and has since established his own driver training business.

Throughout his career Paul has developed and delivered training programs for paramedic services, snowplow programs for municipal operators and training programs for instructors at Algonquin College and various truck training schools.  He was a founding member of the Eastern Ontario Chapter (Ottawa) of the Fleet Safety Council and sat on the board of directors for the Road Safety Educators Association.  Paul has been an MTO Signing Authority since 1985 for Classes A, C, D and F licenses and Z endorsement.

Paul was recognized for winning the award at the 30th Annual Virtual FSC Educational Conference.

Congratulations Paul!


WTFC Launches Phase 2 of the #KnowHumanTrafficking Campaign

On November 4th, 2021 the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada (WTFC) announced the start of Phase 2 of the #KnowHumanTrafficking campaign.

The announcement took place at KnowledgeSurge Institute in Barrie Ontario and included the following guests:

  • Honourable MP John Brassard
  • Kayla Sills Representative for the Honourable MP Doug Shipley
  • Detective Constable Bev Mackay Anti Human Trafficking Unit OPP
  • Detective Constables Michelle Jensen & Dave Koopman Barrie Police
  • Patricia Graham Metis Nation of Ontario
  • Katherine Chabot Representative for MPP Andrea Khanjin  

For the next few weeks the #KnowHumanTrafficking trailer will be rolling on the roads in the Barrie area with the next stop in Ottawa Ontario, where it will be hosted by Crossroads Truck Training Academy.

To learn more about the #KnowHumanTrafficking Campaign please visit http://knowhumantrafficking.com/ or contact Shelley Walker, Samantha Clarke or Fiona Stone from the WTFC.