B.C. schools need seismic upgrades, urges parent Jennifer Stewart
Early Edition, CBC Radio – April 28, 2015
There are 202 schools in British Columbia rated by the government as “high-risk” and vulnerable to damage and structural failure in the case of an earthquake, and a Vancouver parent said officials aren’t working fast enough to make those schools safe.
“It’s always a reminder that we send many of our children to school to spend six hours a day in buildings that are rated with a high likelihood to fall down in the event of an earthquake,” Jennifer Stewart, a member of the Vancouver School District Parent Advisory Council and the founder of Families Against Cuts to Education told The Early Edition’s Rick Cluff.
“It makes me question our priorities as a society that we are okay with this situation not being rectified immediately. I think that any day the children spend in these buildings is a risk. Any minute that they spend is a risk,” she said.
“I really don’t think this should be a political football,” she said. “I think when we’re talking about the safety of children, it doesn’t matter who is at fault — let’s get it done.”