February 14, 2024
Wag the Doug
#63 Where the Wildfires Are
At this time of year, we’d normally pine for spring.
Jonathan Goldsbie
News Editor
Allison Smith
Co-host, Wag the Doug
Kattie Laur

But nowadays, that means wildfire season. And it’s only a matter of time before British Columbia’s new normal becomes Ontario’s as well — yet we’re not nearly as well-prepared.

Doug Ford’s not too big on acknowledging a connection with climate change. But even more surprising is that his government has barely spoken about wildfires at all, let alone adequately invested in fighting them.

As Allison and Jonathan look out toward our orange, hazy future, they talk to Noah Freedman and Mark Belanger, forest-fire veterans with leadership roles in OPSEU, about what it will take to restore the fire-fighting capacity that Mike Harris incinerated.

Hosts: Jonathan Goldsbie, Allison Smith

Credits: Kattie Laur (Producer), Karyn Pugliese (Editor in Chief), Nathan Burley (Music)

Sponsors: Douglas

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