June 09, 2017

NDP withheld release of "damning" Wildfire report

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

A report on the Horse River Wood Buffalo wildfire commissioned by the Alberta government was just leaked to the CBC. NDP had this report since March and sat on it, trying to let the clock tick down on the legislature session until they got to summer break so they wouldn't be held responsible for what was in the report.

It’s damning. 

The report makes clear there were no air tankers stationed in Fort McMurray on the day the fire was spotted. It found that bulldozer crews were not deployed with enough time after the fire started to build berms and contingency lines to keep the fire at bay.

But the scariest part of the report shows chaos and a total communications breakdown between the provincial government and the municipal disaster response team to the point where people could have been killed.

“By late morning on May 3, the Agriculture and Forestry Operations Chief realized the wildfire was beyond the ability of firefighting resources and would run into Fort McMurray that afternoon.”

The Agriculture and Forestry Ops chief is the Alberta government's operations chief for the fire.

“On the municipal side of the incident, another Operations Chief was deployed to the Regional emergency operations center. Rather than learning about the wildfire’s imminent incursion into Fort McMurray through the Incident command system structure, the RMWB Operations Chief discovered the wildfire was in the community through public reports over social media.”

Unbelievable. The province knew in the morning the fire would breach town but the RMWB Operations Chief only found out in the afternoon that the fire was already in town through Facebook or Twitter. Only then an evacuation was ordered, at 4:20 pm on May 3, a full 5 or 6 hours after the province became aware of the impending disaster.

Kids were at school. Parents were at work  Pets were abandoned. Instead of an orderly evacuation that would take all day, Fort McMurray had to be evacuated in what seemed like minutes.

The NDP have politicized this report by trying to hide it. They used the tragedy of an entire Alberta city for their own political expediency. Fort Mac wanted answers but they weren't ever going to get them because the answers would hurt the NDP.

I’m staying on this story like I have since the very beginning because I have so much more to tell you. There is one more report, one from the RMWB that has some shocking findings too.

Look at this from the press conference the NFP were forced to hold

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commented 2017-06-11 03:39:32 -0400
This is proof of the new democrats and where their priorities lie.
commented 2017-06-10 23:27:50 -0400
Damning indeed – it’s almost as if fire prep stand downs and the fire season was depended upon to wipe out Ft. Mac – certainly was a wet dream for all the green fascist NGOs who support the NDP.

This has a smell of collusion and further investigation is definitely warranted.
commented 2017-06-10 10:58:25 -0400
I think I’m beginning to see why Moslems get such a charge from lopping off the heads of their enemies and committing other forms of torture, indignity and death to their victims…not that I agree with it.
I prefer JUSTICE done with a state-sanctioned hemp rope, in a public setting, for dealing with treacherous and treasonous scum like Notley and all politician/media criminals…an effective way to wipe that, I’m-getting-away-with-this, shit eating smirk, from their evil, corrupt faces!
I want my country back!
commented 2017-06-10 03:53:28 -0400
This weather report blew my mind in May last year. Moisture was being artificially blown apart by transmitters in Southern Alberta, so it could not reach Fort McMurray during the wildfires.

Storm Fronts Blown Apart in Alberta, May 9th, 2016 (6 minutes into video) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pIbOKgQrZBI
commented 2017-06-10 00:13:53 -0400
This reeks.
Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier denied that the government delayed the release of the findings in an effort to avoid opposition criticism while the legislature was in session. Carlier suggested the release was delayed due to “sensitivities” around the one-year anniversary of the city’s evacuation. (CBC news)
How stupid does this government think people are?
Pretty obvious Notley and her gang hoped to have the next five months away from the legislature to avoid responding to this report.
Although the CBC claims it was a leaked document, I have learned to have such low respect for CBC it wouldn’t surprise me if CBC were obliging Notley by not reporting on it until after the leg session. This looks bad on the NDP, but can you imagine if these reports didn’t surface for another five months?
In any event, Notley still needs to answer for this debacle.

Hang in there Pats, less than two years to go now. That day can not come soon enough.

Thanks for your diligence on this Sheila.
commented 2017-06-09 23:52:34 -0400
Hi All,
As I See It, This FIRE was NO ACCIDENT! IT WAS DELIBERATE. Who Started It, We Will Never Know! I Blame the Gvmnt for Its INDIFFERENCE to the Oil Sands,and Political Mismanagement/Incompitence as a BIG FACTORS as Well! Who Else do I Blame? TRY Indians, Greenies, Malcontemps and Others Who have It In for the Oilsands. Call It What it Really is,
ECO Terrorism” – Plain and Simple. Make NO Mistake About It. Jerks Who Have Scores to Settle.
They Had Nothing to Loose. We All Lost! Its That Simple.

Operater,
Calgary,
commented 2017-06-09 22:13:16 -0400
During the the last Alberta provincial election campaign, the NDP lawn signs in my inner-city Calgary riding were outnumbered 20 to 1 by the Wildrose and PC signs. So I was quite shocked to wake up the next morning and find out that my friends and neighbours had elected a dipper as our MLA.
More than two years later I have yet to meet anyone who will admit to putting his mark beside the name of Craig Coolahan on election day. Pretty sure I never will.
commented 2017-06-09 20:09:32 -0400
Water bombers in the Peace, but not wood Buffalo. Could that be because two Non-Democrat MLA’s squeaked in in both Peace River and Dunvegan, but two Wildrose were elected in Wood Buffalo?

Ultimately, I think this will proof to be incompetence by design and not by stupidity.
commented 2017-06-09 20:03:44 -0400
Excellent work Sheila.
Keith Barnes, I agree, the NDP should be held accountable, and stand trial.
commented 2017-06-09 19:41:26 -0400
The report dose not mention that the NDP refused the offer of American Water Bombers? NDP should be put on Trial.
commented 2017-06-09 19:31:40 -0400
This is great, Sheila! You keep on them! I am glad you are on the job.

We all know that heads should roll for this, but won’t. An one thing is for sure, the main stream media will play defense for the NDP, downplay their incompetence.
commented 2017-06-09 18:53:00 -0400
Nothing surprises me about these incompetent jerks, masquerading as highly paid public servants.