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Lytton fire likely caused by humans

Almost 200 wildfires are burning around the province, including 40 new ones over the weekend.

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A fire that tore through the small BC village of Lytton decimating 90% of the town and leaving two dead, may have been human-caused, said fire information officer Erika Berg.

She said the Wildfire Service suspects it to have started within the village. 

The disaster, which began late Wednesday June 30, forced residents of Lytton and surrounding communities to flee their homes – many without their belongings, and in some cases, pets – following an evacuation order from Mayor Jan Polderman. 

The small village, which is approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, is home to about 250 people, with roughly 1,700 people living in the surrounding areas, such as Nlaka’pamux nation reserves.

On Saturday July 3, RCMP was able to enter a few areas near and within the village alongside the BC Wildfire Services and BC Coroners Services, and their efforts focused on two areas, according to RCMP.

The first being the possible location of two reported fatalities and the second being an area related to fire cause and origin investigation. Specialized resources included general investigators and the RCMP Forensic Search and Evidence Recovery Team.

“With respect to the fatalities, the focused trip did result in the location of two individuals who were recovered and removed,” said Dawn Roberts, of the RCMP in a news release.

“The BC Coroners Service is handling the sudden death investigation and the RCMP is assisting where necessary. The RCMP wishes to express our condolences to families and friends connect to this tragic loss.

“With respect to the fire investigation, the RCMP is working with the BC Wildfire Service to try and determine the cause or origin of the fire. The investigation is a priority and remains active and ongoing. We have no timeline on how long it will take, but it will be thorough. We ask everyone for patience and to allow the investigation the time and space to determine the facts.”

Almost 200 wildfires are burning around the province, including 40 new ones over the weekend.

Fire crews from outside the province will land in BC today, arriving in Abbotsford. The personnel is coming in from New Brunswick and Quebec. The new crew members include 13 support staff and 80 firefighters.

Prior to the fire in Lytton, the village saw record-breaking temperatures as it hit 49.5C, and to the surprise of few, the high temperatures in Western Canada are being widely reported as an unequivocal result of human-caused climate change. 

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard
rsmall@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Dennis

    July 6, 2021 at 10:01 am

    What does this paragraph have to do with the price of tea in China? Sloppy journalism.

    “Prior to the fire in Lytton, the village saw record-breaking temperatures as it hit 49.5C, and to the surprise of few, the high temperatures in Western Canada are being widely reported as an unequivocal result of human-caused climate change.”

  2. Baron Not Baron

    July 5, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    BTW.. the people don’t crate any hot air, but the elites do control the weather!!
    Don’t get fooled! Slowly but surely, we are slipping into a very dark and cold weather. Another ice time is coming.

  3. Baron Not Baron

    July 5, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    No global warming?!?! Huh who would have thought…….

  4. Left Coast

    July 5, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    “high temperatures in Western Canada are being widely reported as an unequivocal result of human-caused climate change.” ? ? ?

    So the Weather in Lytton reaching a High slightly above the last High in the 1930s . . . is Man Caused? That is patently INSANE!

    Climate is measured in Decades or Centuries, not a hot weekend . . . in spite of the many Failed Predictions of the “Warmists” over the last 30+ years . . . the Planet is only warming at about 1 degree per century as it has done since the last Ice Age.
    And no, the Oceans are NOT Rising, Nor are they becoming “Acid” as the clueless Dr Suzuki told us over & over. A few years ago Suzuki was participating in a Program on Ausi TV . . . and to his immediate Horror . . . there were REAL Scientists asking him questions . . . he professed over & over he was NOT a climate scientist. The FACT that the Suz didn’t even know the 4 Sources of IPCC Data was mind boggling . . . especially to the Scientists who are likely still laughing today!

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Poll shows Canadians trust the Internet and know what’s fake news

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the internet.

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Despite Liberal attempts to censor the Internet, the vast majority of Canadians think online information is reliable and people can tell when its not, says the feds own internal polling.

Blacklock’s Reporter said Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault’s department has proposed “concrete action” to police news and information on the Internet.

“A majority, 80%, believe the online content they consume is factual and truthful,” said a pollsters’ report.

“Two-thirds of Canadians, 66%, feel confident in their ability to tell if online content is fair and balanced.”

The Heritage department paid Ipsos Public Affairs $164,621 to conduct online focus groups and questionnaires with 5,207 people.

“Almost all Canadians are frequently consuming some form of information online,” wrote researchers.

“Canadians largely believe having access to different sources of information with different points of view is important for people to participate in a democracy.

“Most participants were confident in their abilities to consider various sources and ensure they are being presented with ‘the full picture.’”

Guilbeault last July 2 issued a report to instruct the media on how to report the news.

“We can no longer ignore the challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly digital world,” said Guilbeault.

“We have to act now to ensure a healthy ecosystem online for all citizens.”

Reporters, editors and commentators must “foster greater exposure to diverse cultural content, information and news” and “contribute to a healthier public discourse, greater social inclusion within society, bolster resilience to disinformation and misinformation and increase our citizens’ ability to participate in democratic processes,” said the report.

The guide defined misinformation as “false or misleading content shared without harmful intent though the effects can still be harmful, e.g. when people share false information with friends and family in good faith.”

The document doesn’t say who within the Heritage department would monitor news deemed to be harmful.

“Ethical journalistic standards should be upheld and encouraged,” said the guide, adding: “Information about media ownership and funding sources should be made accessible to the public and transparent to safeguard a diverse and pluralistic media ecosystem.”

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Twenty percent of Canadians bet pro sports is fixed

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.

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One-fifth of all Canadians think pro sports is rigged, says the feds’ own research.

Blacklock’s Reporter noted cabinet legalized bookmaking August 27.

Asked: “Do you think there is match manipulation in the NHL, Major League Baseball, the NBA or CFL?” 21% said yes, according to the Survey On Ethics, Equity And Safety In Sport 2021.

Only 6% said they were “very confident” major league hockey, football, baseball and basketball players were not doping.

A total of 19% of Canadians said they were convinced there is match-fixing in college sports, with 18% saying junior hockey is crooked.

A larger number, 24%, said the Olympics are fixed and 37% agreed “there is corruption within Canadian sport organizations” at the Olympic level.

Cabinet on August 27 brought into force Bill C-218 that repealed an 1892 ban on single-event sports betting.

The bill sponsored by Conservative MP Kevin Waugh (Saskatoon-Grasswood) set no limits on sports wagering through provincial gaming monopolies.

Provinces have said Vegas-style bookmaking will be fully introduced by the year’s end.

The Department of Canadian Heritage commissioned the survey using questionnaires with 10,932 people nationwide. The department paid Advanis Incorporated $78,563 for the research.

“The survey gauges awareness, perceptions and understanding of key issues related to ethics,” said the report.

Questions of honest play were “fueled by negative media and public attention,” it said.

The Centre for Ethics in Sport in June 4 testimony at the Senate Banking, tTade and Commerce Committee cautioned legal bookmaking could see corrupt practices spread to “university sport, college sport or the Canada Games.”

Match-fixing “is already occurring in Canada,” testified Paul Melia, CEO.

“Importantly, it is not an issue that only impacts professional sport In fact, match manipulation is often targeted directly at lower-level sport where athletes are not paid or not well paid and are therefore far more vulnerable.”

“Match manipulation is linked to organized crime. It takes advantage of vulnerable athletes, officials, coaches and other support staff in order to fix the outcome of a sporting competition.”

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WATCH: Picnic protest takes over downtown Calgary’s Stephen Avenue

“Bring your picnic tablecloths and pack a lunch because we are takin over Stephen Avenue” the social media circulated invitation stated.

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Nearly five hundred people gathered on Stephen Avenue between 1 St. and 2 St. S.W. to picnic in protest of Alberta’s vaccination passport scheme.

Calgary’s “Picnic Protest” resembled similar gatherings that started in France after the country instituted a health pass system that restricted access to bars, restaurants, cinemas and other businesses for unvaccinated people.

“Bring your picnic tablecloths and pack a lunch because we are taking over Stephen Avenue” the social media circulated invitation stated.

Picnic protest

“We’re tired of it,” said a participant, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job working with children.  

“We’re tired of no firm answers, no real research to show these (vaccines) are safe.”

Betty, a retired teacher, spoke with the Western Standard but did not want her last name printed.

“I’m the guardian of a person with Down syndrome. She’s a Special Olympics athlete and it’s her whole life. I worry about her getting this shot but I know if she doesn’t, she won’t be able to participate anymore. It’s put me in a really hard position,” Betty said.

Although Calgary police and peace officers were nearby for the two-hour duration of the event, it ended without incident.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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