FROM THE EDITOR
What exactly makes a terrible event a disaster? There’s no simple answer to that question. For this issue, we’ve included things like mine and bridge collapses, but left out airplane or train crashes. And of course, we spent a whole issue ( Kayak#40 ) a few years ago talking about shipwrecks.
Our cover shows the Vancouver fire of 1886, but it also shows the good and bad of disasters. Of course it’s awful that people are killed and homes destroyed. At the same time, it’s pretty wonderful to know that others are always ready to help.
Throughout our past, whenever there was a disaster, people quickly donated food, tents, clothing and money to help. As you read about loss and destruction, remember those who rush to help by treating wounds, clearing rubble, making food, calling for aid and much more. If you know of a special person who helps others in times of need, tell us about them at kayakmag.ca !