Too Critical to Fail

Too Critical to Fail

How Canada Manages Threats to Critical Infrastructure

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In the summer of 2013, just as a small town in Quebec was decimated due to a train derailment, heavy rainfall prompted thirty Alberta communities to declare a state of emergency. Whereas a SWAT team surrounded train conductor Thomas Harding and brought him to court where he was charged with the deaths of forty-seven in Quebec, Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi emerged from the Alberta crisis as a folk hero. As the Lac-Mégantic train derailment and the flood in Alberta demonstrate, political, economic, legal, and cultural climates influence the way disasters are received. In Too Critical to Fail, Kevin Quigley, Ben Bisset, and Bryan Mills identify the social context that shapes the Canadian government's ability to prepare for and respond to emergencies. Using original research on natural disasters, pandemics, industrial failures, cyber-attacks, and terrorist threats, the authors evaluate the risk regulation regimes that monitor, interpret, and respond to failures in Canada's critical infrastructure to limit their possibilities and consequences. More broadly, this book identifies key vulnerabilities and regulatory challenges for both the government and the private sector in mitigating threats to safety and security. Too Critical to Fail applies an investigative lens to the multiple and competing risks that the government balances to secure assets that enable modern civilization. Raising questions not only about Canadians' ability to protect critical infrastructure and respond to threats, this book further challenges the biases that determine who is held to account when the system fails.
Publisher: Montreal ; ǂa Kingston ; ǂa London ; ǂa Chicago : ǂb McGill-Queen's University Press, ǂc 2017
ISBN: 9780773551602
Branch Call Number: 338.971 Q65t
Characteristics: xviii, 395 pages : charts ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bisset, Ben
Mills, Bryan


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