Open letter to Whitehorse mayor and council:
Regarding the city’s plans for the amalgamation of its ivory towers… it was $35 million. Then $55 million. Now it’s $75 million plus $15 million. Will anyone give me a $100 million?
Instead of indulging taxpayer dollars on housing your worker ants, why don’t you spend the $15 million given by the feds, throw in another $15 million (maybe more required) and make an enhanced commitment to “fire smart” our city. Not to disrespect what has been done, but it will not even come close to stopping a Fort Mac type fire.
Picture this: a cigarette is dropped in the ditch at Carcross Corner, a fire starts. The prevailing winds (generally from the west) are at 30 km/hour, the temperature is 30C, the relative humidity is 30 and the forest is very dry.
How long will it take to get to the outskirts of town, through the Golden Horn subdivisions, Kopper King, Porter Creek, Crestview and all along the highway? In this perfect storm of 30-30-30, probably a matter of hours, maybe minutes even…. not days. Time to evacuate, maybe!S