I could understand the people of Kashechewan wanting to stay in their community, if it was safe, but living in a flood area makes no sense. Yet they voted to stay, and 200 million will be spent to help them stay in that flood zone. Will it stop the flooding? Not unless they have a direct line to God.
Airlift of flood-threatened Ont. residents resumes
Evacuations of two flood-threatened northern Ontario communities have resumed after a weather delay.
About 1,100 people remained in Kashechewan after successful evacuations began, the community chief said Sunday. 130 of the sick and elderly have already been transported out of the community to Greenstone. .......
Kashechewan is facing its fourth evacuation since 2004, but this is the first such threat to Fort Albany.
The federal government will be spending $200 million to improve the community's infrastructure. A $500-million plan to move the entire community to higher ground was rejected as too expensive.
Hold it Canadian Press, that's not quite right. Who rejected the move? Let's see.
In March leaders of the northern Ontario reserve, including Solomon, traveled to Ottawa to press the federal government to develop a long-term plan for their community.
The reserve, located on the west coast of James Bay, sits on a flood plain and residents have been evacuated twice in recent years because of flood threats and during every spring thaw they live with the stress their homes could be wiped out by floods, the leaders said.
So, "they live with the stress their homes could be wiped out by floods", and what do they do when the federal government offers to relocate them close to Timmins, where they would be close to medical centers, schools, and their houses would be safe?
A report to Ottawa last fall suggested Kashechewan be moved about 450 kilometres south to Timmins.
But the Cree band conducted its own survey that found residents wanted to stay within the band's traditional boundaries and move 35 kilometres up the Albany River, not to Timmin
Taxpayers were not asked if they wanted to spend 200 million to relocate them, we have no say, so the band will stay on the flood plain, and we will pay for their bad choices. Can someone knock some sense into them? Why would they want to stay on a flood plain? And if they do, why is the taxpayer expected to pay for them?
Kashechewan is a disaster, made so by their own people refusing to change.