Wild­fire smoke chok­ing econ­omy

Calgary Herald - - OPINION -

The prob­lem of B.C. wild­fires and the re­sult­ing heavy smoke in Al­berta seems in­sol­u­ble, but is ac­tu­ally eas­ily solved. But the gov­ern­ment is barely do­ing any­thing.

Too lit­tle is be­ing spent. The eco­nomic dam­age from a 35 per cent de­crease in tourism and real es­tate val­ues in three to four years will be $500 bil­lion.

It will cost 27 cents per day, per per­son, to solve it. There are phys­i­cal pre­ven­tion so­lu­tions as well as ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence sur­veil­lance for early de­tec­tion. I con­firmed the fea­si­bil­ity of my ideas with the di­rec­tor of forestry prac­tices in B.C.

Like-minded peo­ple must con­vene and lead­ers emerge to brain­storm. Cre­ative ad­ver­tis­ing peo­ple can con­vey the mes­sage to cre­ate a groundswell of ac­tion to get things im­ple­mented.

I would like to have an open meet­ing for in­ter­ested peo­ple in Can­more be­tween Jan. 20 and Feb. 1. Please con­tact ken­shant­[email protected] if you’re in­ter­ested.

Ken Hant­man, Can­more

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