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For the week of Sept. 24, 2023: 

Torrential rains and floods devastated the Interior and Fraser Valley during November 2021’s parade of pineapple expresses.

But provincial, regional and municipal authorities were not prepared. They could have and should have been. 

A researcher with the B.C. office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives used the freedom of information law to investigate dike inspection reports from 2017 to 2021. 

Ben Parfitt collected more than 5,000 pages from the Ministry of Forests and communities at risk of flooding, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Merritt, Princeton and Richmond. 

He found no evidence that B.C.’s inspector of dikes issued any orders to improve protection for people and property. 

Hear the interview with Ben Parfitt on this week’s edition of thePodcast. 

Plus, headlines from the Pacific Rim and the Pacific Northwest and commentary on the latest in Canada’s year of foreign interference. 

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