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Politicians fiddle with laws as buildings burn

The Ottawa Citizen, Christie Blatchford (Postmedia News)

The way Québec politicians and others are carrying on, you’d think that the automatic sprinkler system was an untried, still slightly sketchy, cutting-edge technology and not one proven up the yingyang in the 142 years it was invented. “It’s not a simple problem,” Québec Health Minister Réjean Hébert told reporters Monday at L’Isle-Verte. “If it would have been simple, it would have been done.” If the answer was simple? It couldn’t be more simple: Order all care occupancies housing those incapable of self-preservation – vulnerable by dint of age or physical or mental disability – to be retrofitted with sprinklers.

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