We are not trying to reinvent the wheel, emphasizes Mr. Politis. Ultimately, there is already a robust process for emergency management, there is a dedicated department and the people involved know how to do their job very well.
It makes no sense that we don't use this same process, the one we already know.
A quote from Peter Politis, Mayor of Cochrane and President of AMNEO
The Mayor of Cochrane adds that he is not pointing the finger at the professionals who handle emergency situations, such as a wildfire or a flood, but he would simply like to have access to that expertise when it comes to road closures .
For Roger Sigouin, the situation goes beyond his city.
He is sorry for all the truckers who are forced to wait several hours before being able to get back on the road.
Several possible solutions, such as the creation of better rest and parking spaces for truckers, are possible, according to the mayor.
We want to be able to provide a service to [these people] who are stuck in their truck for a day, two days, sometimes even three days, he says, adding that truckers who are not well enough rested often end up being the cause of accidents.
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The mayor of Hearst, Roger Sigouin (Archive photo )
But Roger Sigouin maintains that the first step, the most important, is to have the collaboration of other levels of government in this matter.
I think the OPP is doing everything possible, the MTO is doing everything possible to make it work, but it Ultimately, the solution is for the province to get on board.
A quote from Roger Sigouin, mayor of Hearst
Same speech from Peter Politis, who is optimistic following this first meeting between all the parties concerned.
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I don't know if I can say that we agree on all the details, he explains, but I believe that everyone understands that a better solution is possible, and we are trying to ;move forward together now.
Discussions started last week about the impact of emergency closures represent just the tip of the iceberg in the case.
The issue of road safety remains a priority for the region, while winter is only just beginning.