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Editorial: Restore public trust in emergency alerts

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14.01.2020

Here's a political safety alert for Premier Doug Ford.

The emergency warning system in Ontario just suffered a serious breakdown and his government needs to fix it pronto.

Millions of Ontarians will vouch for the need for urgent action. They're the ones who received the rudest of rude awakenings early Sunday morning when a screeching blast from their cellphones informed them of an "incident" at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.

Before being told nearly two hours later it was all a bad mistake and that there had been no "incident" of any kind, widespread concern, confusion and even fear swept across southern Ontario.

Despite being told from the start that "there has been NO abnormal release of radioactivity from the station," people were left wondering if they'd been told the full story and what might really be happening. One family in Toronto booked a hotel in........

© Peterborough Examiner