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May blames fossil fuels for BC fires

BC has been hit by hundreds of devasting fires, to coincide with a record-breaking heatwave.




Former Green Party leader Elizabeth May says the energy industry is partly to blames for the wildfires currently ravaging BC.

“Stay safe everyone. Deep appreciation to our firefighters. Trying to find forgiveness for the arsonists – politicians (sic) who pile on subsidies for fossil fuels,” the MP tweeted on Sunday

BC has been hit by hundreds of devasting fires that coincide with a record-breaking heatwave.

The town of Lytton was completely destroyed by a fast-moving blaze, killing two people so far.

May tweet

Officials say they are investigating whether a spark from a passing train sparked the blaze.

May’s tweet drew the support of the director of the Climate Emergency Insitute.

“Well said on arsonists. No surrender. No forgiveness for the unforgivable unprecedented crime of knowingly wasting and burning up this sacred Earth,” said Paul Carter.

Another heatwave is set to hit BC this week.

Kamloops is predicted to hit 38C on Tuesday, and Kelowna 37C, according to Environment Canada.

While the expected high temperatures are not as punishing as the recent heat wave – when Lytton, BC hit 49.6C before tragically burning to the ground – the milder approaching heatwave is still bad news for those facing the threat of wildfires.

A new wildfire, east of Okanagan Falls, on the southeast side of Skaha Lake, seared roughly five sq. km. of rural landscape in a few hours on Sunday.

The BC Wildfire Service says eight firefighters, two helicopters, and numerous pieces of heavy equipment were at the scene before dusk and worked through the night.

The circumstances have forced, on short notice, hundreds of residents around Okanagan Falls to be prepared for evacuation, and close to 80 properties have already evacuated.

The fire – suspected to be human-caused – is one of over 300 currently burning across BC, 75 of which have ignited this past weekend. Lightning is a suspected cause in many of the fires.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Lorraine Chay

    July 16, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Trees are the fuel. Poor forest management is the problem. Elizabeth May is a moron.

  2. Left Coast

    July 13, 2021 at 8:43 am

    May is a complete IDIOT . . .
    She has always been a babbling fool, she has absolutely no clue what she is talking about EVER ! ! !

    So what is a “Fossil Fuel” ?

    Oil is not a “fossil fuel”, but was deemed an organic substance back in 1894 when Rockefeller met with the worlds organic chemists – he wanted a way to ensure that his Standard Oil Company could raise the price of his product as necessary by claiming it was going to someday run out. Yes, that has been their tactic for 126 years now, and people still fall for it!!!
    The second most common liquid on Earth is oil, after water. It is produced as a byproduct of geological heat and pressure in the crust – just as the hydrocarbon atmospheres of other planets and moons. How many dinosaurs died on some of Jupiter’s moons? None. Yet they have methane atmosphere. Please, feel free to research abiotic petroleum before you claim I’m crazy.
    There has never been a fossil recovered from greater than 10,000 feet below the surface. Oil wells average depth is 30,000 feet.
    The greatest “greenhouse gas” is water vapor, but the left can’t tax evaporation of the oceans.
    The biggest LIE of the last century . . .

    The “Globe” has not WARMED since 1998 . . . which is why they changed to Klimate Change as a Mantra for their insane Marxist nonsense. This is about Wealth Transfer & Control aka Power . . . no one in their right mind thinks that puny man can control the Klimate . . . especially when China increases their Emissions every 20 WEEKS equal to Canada’s Annual output!

  3. Susan Grant

    July 13, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Incompetent forest management. May should shut her piehole!

  4. K

    July 13, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Haggard witch

  5. Declan Carroll

    July 13, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Wouldn’t have anything to do with poor forest management. When the government refuses to do prescribed burns the duff builds up on the forest floor. Sometimes 10-15 feet. The reader can use their imagination as to what happens next. If May spent more time managing the forests and less time sqwaking we would all be allot better off.

  6. Steven

    July 12, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    There is an active volcano in Iceland said to be spewing a lot of CO2 along with H2S.

    Is it possible for Elizabeth May to throw herself into the bubbling magma to appease it’s wrath upon the earth? Save us Mrs. May from climate change & your hot air. P.S. could you take David Suzuki with you?

  7. Deb

    July 12, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Wow that’s always been Elizabeth May’s story and she is sticking to it still. Wonder how much and who paid her to destroy fossil fuels. Wonder if she heats her home, drives around in a car, has a computer and cell phone. She needs to give up all use of fossil fuels and their by product’s, ASP. Wait a minute isn’t she a has been. Who cares what she thinks. Lol.

  8. Baron Not Baron

    July 12, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    No grey matter available in this imbecile! It is the right time to consider a nursing home for this walking.. fossil!

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Vulnerable Albertans 18+ can receive fourth COVID booster

Eligible individuals can begin booking fourth dose appointments beginning January 20 with AHS or at participating pharmacies by using the Alberta vaccine booking system or by calling 811.




Those 18 and older who have specific immunocompromising conditions can now book their fourth booster five months after receiving their third dose, said Alberta Health.

The decision announced on Tuesday in the provincial COVID-19 address is in line with recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization (AACI).

“We remain committed to protecting Albertans from the Omicron variant, and vaccinations continue to be our best tool in preventing severe outcomes,” said Premier Jason Kenney in a statement.

“We continue to rely on the latest research to guide our decision-making, and with evidence showing immunocompromised individuals benefit from a fourth dose, we are pleased to provide them.”

Eligible individuals can begin booking fourth dose appointments beginning January 20 with AHS or at participating pharmacies by using the Alberta vaccine booking system or by calling 811.

“I know that the approximately 80,000 Albertans who live with immunocompromising conditions will be relieved to receive these additional doses,” said Minister of Health Jason Copping.

“At the same time, the best way for all of us to protect ourselves and one another is to continue getting whatever dose we are eligible for. I encourage all Albertans to continue to sign up for their booster doses as soon as they can.”

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the fourth COVID-19 dose will help “individuals with certain immunocompromising conditions” and will provide “additional protection” against the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

Qualifying conditions include:

  • Transplant recipients, including solid organ transplants and hematopoietic stem cell transplants.
  • Individuals with malignant hematologic disorders and non-hematologic malignant solid tumors prior to receiving or receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy or having received previous COVID-19 vaccines while on active treatment), excluding individuals receiving solely hormonal therapy, radiation therapy or a surgical intervention.
  • Individuals being treated with an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody such as Rituximab.
  • Individuals with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.
  • Recipients of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T-cell therapy.
  • Individuals with moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g., DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Individuals with Stage 3 or advanced HIV infection and those with acquired COVID-19 immunization.
  • Individuals undergoing immunosuppressive therapies (e.g., anti-B cell therapies, high-dose systemic corticosteroids, alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or tumornecrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and other biologic agents).
  • Individuals on certain medications for autoimmune diseases, including rituximab, ocrelizumab and ofatumumab.

“Youth ages 12 to 17 with the preceding conditions continue to be eligible for third doses. Fourth doses have not yet been approved for this age group,” said the release adding, “third doses have not been approved for youth under the age of 18.”

Hinshaw said the province has recorded 3279 new cases within the last 24 hours while 8995 tests were recorded for a positivity rate of 39%. Hinshaw has earlier stated actual cases are likely 10 times higher due to lack of testing.

Hinshaw also confirmed 1,089 are currently in hospital — 51% of those hospitalized are due to COVID-19 while 49% are cases with COVID-19. Currently, there are 104 people in ICU — 74% due to COVID-19 while 26% are cases with COVID-19. Nine deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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AHS uses undercover agents to bust restaurant for accepting dog photos instead of QR codes

The test shoppers entered the restaurant at different times on January 11 and were permitted access after showing a photo of a dog and their personal identification.




Alberta Health Services (AHS) has shut down a Red Deer restaurant for allowing patrons to show dog photos in place of proof of vaccination.

The Granary was ordered closed to indoor dining on Friday after complaints to an AHS executive officer resulted in two test shoppers busting staff for accepting photographs of a dog instead of scanning vaccine passport QR codes.

The test shoppers entered the restaurant at different times on January 11 and were permitted access after showing a photo of a dog and their personal identification. It was reported a staffer pretended to scan QR codes with a tablet.

The owners have been told the indoor dining area is to remain closed until they produce a written plan on how they plan to implement the restriction exemption program moving forward.

The owners will also have to provide confirmation they have trained staff about the program and will be required to attend an administrative hearing with Environmental Public Health.

The restaurant took to its Facebook page on Friday to explain the circumstances to its patrons and offered up free coffee for all to-go orders throughout the weekend.

“To our valued guests, we had an unfortunate circumstance at our front door which involved one of our underage hostesses, and the requirements for the REP program.  We are taking the weekend to retrain and regroup,” it said.

“We look forward to serving you again as soon as we are ready to reopen.  In closing, we would like to remind everyone of the tremendous pressure being placed on front staff, and please remember to be kind.”

The restaurant has since opened again and is currently offering free rapid testing on site.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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MLA Barnes demands greater punishment for corrupt politicians

“This suspension is a staggering under reaction designed to shield one of the Premier’s cronies,” said Barnes.




Independent Alberta MLA Drew Barnes is outraged that Justice Minister Kaycee Madu was only being suspended after he called Edmonton’s police chief about a ticket he received.

That action led to Madu being suspended Monday night by Alberta Primer Jason Kenney.

“This suspension is a staggering under reaction designed to shield one of the Premier’s cronies,” said Barnes, the MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat.

“It is inexcusable that any minister’s first instinct upon receiving such a ticket is to swing influence in an attempt to get his ticket fixed. It’s just another indicator that the culture of Redford-era cronyism remains alive and well within Premier’ Kenney’s inner circle.”

After being fined $300 for speeding in an Edmonton playground zone, Madu phoned Dale McFee, the city’s chief of police, to discuss the ticket with him. 

“It is particularly galling that this minister is currently overseeing changes that will deny procedural fairness for thousands of Albertans when they face similar traffic fines,” said Barnes.

This follows the removal of traffic courts in Alberta, the previously most accessible part of the justice system now no longer available to citizens.

“Under this minister, you are considered guilty until proven innocent, unless, of course, you happen to have the local police chief on speed-dial,” said Barnes.

“It seems the minister, like the Premier, considers himself above the law. Albertans deserve better. The real question is, why hasn’t he been fired yet?”

“Over the past year, Premier Kenney has repeatedly punished both ministers and MLAs for daring to question his leadership, but when a real case of misuse of power comes along concerning one of his handpicked cronies, the fix is in. That’s not justice; that’s cronyism.”

McFee said he received the call about the ticket from Madu, saying Madu brought up the issue of racial profiling by police to stop drivers.

“This is the Minister who continues to encourage legal action against pastors and small business owners for allegedly violating the very same health restrictions that the Premier and his cronies violated on the Sky Palace patio,” said Barnes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard

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