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Why Weren’t We Ready?

In November, BC was hit by floods that submerged communities, closed highways, disrupted supply lines and evacuated residents. The images were striking.

The government called the calamity unprecedented. But investigations raise questions about preparedness. The early alert system failed to perform and years of reports weren’t heeded. The perils of waiting are now clear.

As experts raise concerns about durability of pipelines and other infrastructure, B.C. is developing a new flood strategy.

What can we learn from this disaster? Dive deep into the big flood.

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Where Was the Warning?

The forecasts were dire. An alert system existed. But action came so ‘very, very late’ that a former provincial flood official says there needs to be an independent investigation.

Ben Parfitt
1 Dec 2021

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Time to Unpack the White Gaze
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Privileged folks don't want to talk about their privilege quite often. Quite often it’s invisible to them.

But we've a ways to go before the assumptions that accompany race and gender have disappeared from our media.

ingamarie, in response to The Tyee article “Presenting ‘Under the White Gaze’: A Tyee Newsletter”

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Tyee Wins Four of BC's Top Journalism Awards

The Tyee is proud to announce that three members of our dedicated team have won Webster awards!

We’re over-the-moon to receive this recognition, and to be included among other excellent media outlets publishing important journalism across B.C.

The Tyee awards went to Bryan Carney for technology reporting, Chris Cheung for diversity and inclusion reporting and Andrew MacLeod for business, industry, labour and economics reporting. The Tyee also won the Bill Good Award for significant contribution to journalism.

Read the full list of nominees and winners here. And thank you readers for all your support.

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Bringing Reconciliation to Tragic Attention

The uncovering of unmarked graves from former residential schools continues to shake the country. And the country needs to be shaken.

We know the harrowing scars of these institutions. How the deep disregard of Indigenous people through colonialism created a genocide. How the settlers that spoke up against the status quo were not heeded.

Indigenous communities continue to live the pain but still manage to find hope. Powerful art and books evoke the horror, and Elders’ Oral Histories carry the weight.

The path towards reconciliation and healing is long. Follow us into our dark history to see its reality in the present.

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