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BC scrambles for relief during record breaking heatwave

Relief from high temperatures may not come for a few days.




BC, Alberta, large parts of Saskatchewan, a section of Yukon, and Northwest Territories have all received warnings while a gargantuan, record-breaking heatwave slowly makes its way through much of Western Canada.

The “prolonged” and “dangerous” heatwave is expected to linger for up to a few days on BC’s South Coast, with possible relief as early as Tuesday, according to Environment Canada. Other areas may not experience relief until as late as next week.

Schools across the Lower Mainland are closed Monday in response to the unusual temperatures.

“This closure is based on considerations including building site specifications such as layout and access to air conditioning at our sites,” said the Langley School District in news release.

On Sunday, Lytton, BC temperatures hit 46.6C, breaking the all-time heat record for Canada, which was previously held by Saskatchewan at 45C in 1937. Experts believe temperatures could rise even higher.

BC Hydro says some of its own records were broken over the weekend as well.

“Preliminary analysis found consumption reached 8,106 megawatts, which was more than 100 megawatts higher than new summer record that was set on Saturday. Monday’s peak hourly demand is expected to be even higher. It may exceed 8,300 megawatts,” said BC Hydro in a news release earlier today.

BC Hydro suggests closing the drapes blinds, as shading windows can block out up to 65% of the heat.

Crews are having to follow extra safety protocols to what is an already dangerous job due to the intense heat, which has caused localized outages.

Over 80% of hotel rooms are booked up in Vancouver as people try and escape the heat, and portable fans and AC machines are being sold for more than double their price online.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. Left Coast

    June 29, 2021 at 9:41 am

    R3 . . . first line of the article

    “The heatwave has caused forest and peat fires across Russia” ? ? ?

    Sounds like California Gov Newsom . . . who was 100% WRONG!

    I suspect it is local Propaganda to appease the citizens.

  2. Left Coast

    June 29, 2021 at 9:35 am

    On the West Coast a record that was set 100 years ago & another record number achieved in the 1930s is broken. A degree or two that might have been affected by the location where they collected the data today.
    I wonder what they though a 100 years ago? Bet they thought it was Gorebull Warming.

    Massive High Pressure area stalled over the West Coast . . . from Oregon to BC they are seeing higher than normal temps for a few days. First time I can remember anything like this happening and I have lived at the coast since 1975. But like most things, it has happened before.

    Tomorrow will be cooler in the Lower Mainland as the system moves inland, showers on Thursday.

    The “Warmists” will be out in force . . . if they had lived in the 1930s, still the Warmest Decade in History” they would have gone completely nuts.

  3. paul bryce

    June 29, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Already we know that Saskatchewan had heat within a degree of what we are experiencing 80 years ago. Why do you think its being reported in 47.5C. Its so that the 0.5 can be said “TO BE THE HOTTEST ON RECORD” as if climate change is causing it and not solar minimum/maximums. This is panic porn on part of the media designed to scare you and its sad that the Western Standard cant see through it.
    Most likely the margin of error is more than the 0.5C so its a big fat nothing burger.

  4. R3

    June 28, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    IF the moderators don’t like the links I’ll simply say:

    Is the university of Alaska’s HAARP experiment that was fired up last week causing the heat wave?

  5. Rose

    June 28, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    People being forced to wear masks during this heat wave may die.
    Health authorities need to address this.

  6. R3

    June 28, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Seems like quite the coincidence that the U of Alaska fired up their HAARP ionosphere experiment last week and now we have record breaking heat.


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Hundreds of Albertans protest in front of UCP MLA offices over COVID restrictions

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.




He knew they couldn’t stop the government from bringing in even more COVID-19 restrictions, but Jordon Kosik wanted to be ready to show his displeasure.

Operating two Facebook groups, Holding MLAs Accountable and Closed for Fall, Kosik had his 17,000 members ready to protest just hours after Premier Jason Kenney brought in a fourth COVID-19 lockdown, which this time includes vaccination passports.

“A couple of weeks ago, we knew something was happening,” Kosik said in a Thursday interview with the Western Standard.

Protest in front of Nathan Cooper’s office. Photo courtesy Holding MLAs Accountable

“There was nothing we could do to stop it, but what we could do is get ready.”

So just a few hours after Kenney brought in the new restrictions on Wednesday, ready they were – and about a dozen MLA offices were picketed.

Some had a handful of people show up, while others had scores of people.

“This was on organic protest, people in their own ridings,” said Kosik.

And Kovik thinks this won’t be the end of restrictions, with more likely in a couple of weeks.

“To get ready for that we have to network, network, network,” Koik said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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Vancouver gangster killed in daylight shooting

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.




Vancouver cops are on the hunt for an armed killer after a gangster was slain Wednesday during a daylight shooting in Vancouver’s core area.

Amandeep Manj, 35, a known member of the United Nations gang, was shot about 3:30 p.m while sitting inside his car in the parking lot of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel near Canada Place.

Soon after he bloodied body was discovered, paramedics raced to the lot, but Manj was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they’re convinced the shooting was a targeted hit.

Several news sources said the homicide victim was well-known in Vancouver’s illicit drug trade.

Manj’s brother, Jodh Manj, also died a violent death three years ago when he was killed while leaving a Mexico City gym.

Vancouver Police Const. Tania Visintin told the Vancouver Sun Manj is the city’s 13th homicide of 2021.

She told the paper officers responded to level three of the parkade near Cordova and Burrard streets “after a man was found unresponsive by a witness.” 

Police have made no arrests in the case, and ask anyone who may have information about the shooting to contact Vancouver police.

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COVID vaccines changing their names

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.




What’s in a name? Plenty, apparently, when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines in Canada.

Health Canada announced Thursday it will accept the change in new brand names of the three most common vaccines Pfizer, Moderna and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Moderna vaccine will go by SpikeVax and the AstraZeneca vaccine will be named Vaxzevria.

The Pfizer vaccine will now be called Comirnaty, which the company said represents a combination of the terms COVID-19, mRNA, community, and immunity.

CBC said the vaccines didn’t go by their brand name initially, but now that new and more long-term data has been submitted and approved they will go by their permanent name.

Canada is still expected to receive vials labelled Pfizer-BioNTech for the next several months.

The FDA approved new names in the US earlier this summer.

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