From Canada.com, June 22: Stakeholders cry foul as feds cut funding for emergency preparedness
Looks like some serious butting cutting in Canada has gone way past the fat and into the quick. It is a sad day indeed when education and training are cut from the Canadian budget. I sure hope the EM folks get to come to the U.S. and compensate for that shortsighted action.
Among the cuts in the omnibus budget bill, the government quietly cancelled the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) established in 1980 and ceased operations at the Canadian Emergency Management College which has offered training to emergency responders since 1954. The cuts were billed as a deficit reduction measure.
How is this for reasoning:
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ press secretary Julie Carmichael further noted “the original objectives of this program — namely to enhance local emergency preparedness and response capacity — have been met.”
Unbelievable! No need for EM education and training to continue, since we did that. Might as well abolish public schools, if that line of thinking prevails!