This year has been the worst on record for Canadian wildfires. What can be done?

Wildfires forced all 20,000 residents of Yellowknife, N.W.T., to evacuate—and as of the end of August, they still haven't been able to return. (Photo courtesy of the Northwest Territories government/Facebook)

This year has been the worst wildfire season in recorded Canadian history, with the millions of Canadians waking up for the first time to the smell of smoke and hazy skies. In the last week, blazes have continued raging in Canada’s coldest, northernmost regions, with all 20,000 residents of Yellowknife, the capital of Northwest Territories, being ordered to evacuate the city. Thousands more across the territories and northern British Columbia have followed suit.

What can Canadians expect moving forward? And how much progress have we really made in the last few years? To get a sense of the urgency and what’s at stake, we’re re-airing an interview The CJN Daily ran with Seth Klein in November 2021. Klein is the head of the climate emergency unit of the David Suzuki Institute. Like his sister, Naomi Klein, he’s also a published author, with his book, A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency, published Sept. 2020.


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