Staff evacuate the B.C. legislature Thursday in the Great B.C. ShakeOut

MLAs shake fingers in quake exercise

NDP's John Horgan and Rob Fleming highlight delays in B.C.'s long-running school earthquake safety project

As students and office workers practised earthquake evacuation procedures Thursday, politicians ducked, covered and shook their fingers about B.C.’s long-running earthquake safety project for public schools.

NDP leader John Horgan and education critic Rob Fleming visited Killarney Secondary in Vancouver, one of the high-risk schools the government identified for upgrading in a pre-election announcement in April 2013. They said more than a year later, only three out of 10 projects are underway.

“Clearly, this was just another photo-op announcement from the premier with no follow-through,” Fleming said.

Schools listed for 2013-14 were Killarney and David Thompson Secondary in Vancouver, James Gilmore Elementary in Richmond, Montecito Elementary in Burnaby, Windsor Secondary in North Vancouver, Henderson Elementary in Powell River, George Jay Elementary in Greater Victoria, Cordova Bay Elementary in Saanich, South Wellington Elementary in Nanaimo-Ladysmith and École Phoenix Middle School in Campbell River.

Education Minister Peter Fassbender issued a statement touting the province as a leading jurisdiction in earthquake preparedness, with $2.2 billion spent or committed since 2001 to upgrade 213 high-risk schools.

In August 2014, the ministry said it has been trying for two years to establish a project office with the Vancouver school district to manage the 69 schools in the city identified as having high earthquake risk.

The list for this school year includes Langley Secondary, Delta Secondary, Burnaby North Secondary, Yale Secondary in Abbotsford, Richard McBride Elementary in New Westminster, Minnekhada Middle in Coquitlam, Tillicum Elementary in Victoria, Dunsmuir Middle in Sooke and Parkland Secondary in Saanich.

 

Just Posted

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

‘New’ truck, trailer donated to the BC Vintage Truck Museum

Ownership of 1928 Graham truck, 1949 Langford trailer officially transferred on Saturday

Plan to redevelop former Surrey motel site too dense, says Coun. Pettigrew

Pettigrew: ‘We need to build liveable community with green spaces… not massive zones that are densified’

Former North Delta pastor, son ‘preyed upon shared spirituality’ to defraud investors of $450K: BCSC

BCSC panel publishes financial sanctions against Alan and Jerry Braun, Steven Maxwell

Snowfall warning: 5-10 cm expected in Lower Mainland

The snowfall will start Tuesday and carry on into the evening, before tapering off Wednesday

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

Kelowna raises concerns over safety, policing with Centre of Gravity organizers

The mayor said it was a mutual decision between organizers and the city to postpone the festival

VIDEO: Lower Mainland barn fire kills three sheep

The Langley Township fire department was called to a site in the 4100 block of 240th Street.

Stock trading allegations dismissed against former Lower Mainland spiritual leader

Investors allegedly lost $740,000 investing through a local religious organization.

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

Most Read