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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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BC healthcare worker says she’s still suffering adverse effects six months after COVID shot

The 39-year-old youth crisis worker is told she must get her second dose, despite having suffered adverse effects.




Dawn Slykhuis, a 39-year-old youth crisis worker has been told she must get her second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, despite still experiencing adverse effects following dose number one.

Slykhuis, who tested positive for COVID-19 in 2020, got her first shot in April 2021.

“I waited a full six months to make sure that I wasn’t going to have a reaction,” Slykhuis told the Western Standard.

“I got the dose on April 28, and then on May 18 I experienced acute sharp pain in my head, like someone was shooting lasers through my brain.”

Slykhuis said the pain lasted for about a week before settling into a more chronic dull pain, and so — fearing the possibility of cancer — she sought medical attention amid an unrelenting series of bad headaches coincided with a sporadically spiked heart rate.

“They expected nerve damage,” said Slykhuis, who began losing feeling in her left arm.

“It got so tingly yesterday I had to go for a CT. I’m waiting to see a neurologist on November 8.”

Dr. Steven Pelech, president and chief scientific officer at Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation, and chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee at the Canadian Covid Care Alliance, has been voicing concern over potential health risks COVID-19 vaccines may impose — specifically myocarditis.

“Contrary to what a number of people have said, there is no such thing as ‘mild myocarditis,’” Pelech told the Western Standard in an August interview.

“It’s the destruction of the myocytes, the heart cells that contract. When those cells die, they are not replaced in your body and are instead replaced by scar-tissue, which is from fibroblasts — skin cells which don’t have contractile activity, so the remaining muscle cells have to get a little bigger in order to compensate.”

Dr. Charles Hoffe, a physician who practiced in Lytton, BC for over 20 years raised similar concerns to that of Pelech, and he reported patients suffering severe adverse neurological and cardiovascular effects after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It is now clearly apparent with medical evidence from around the world, that the side-effect profiles of the various gene modification therapies against COVID-19, have been vastly understated by their manufacturers, who were eager to prove their safety,” wrote Hoffe in an open letter to BC Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Interior Health Authority (IHA) suspended Hoffe’s emergency room privileges and he is currently being investigated by IHA and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPBC) for promoting “vaccine hesitancy.”

Hoffe is represented by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF).

Several European countries suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine for people under the age of 30, citing heart inflammation as well as inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.

Iceland has halted the Moderna vaccine for all ages.

“I am a healthy 39-year-old that’s never had nerve damage and all of a sudden I have chronic head pain, nerve damage, and I’m experiencing cognitive deficits as well, which is really hard to talk about because now I want to cry,” said Slykhuis.

“I’m like an old lady seeing my brain slip away. Making errors, dropping things. It’s pretty scary, well, it’s terrifying… to be experiencing these symptoms and still be forced to get another dose to keep my job in healthcare.”

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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It’s down to the wire for AHS employees as deadline looms for vaccine mandates

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”




Tomorrow is deadline day for AHS workers.

The deadline of October 31 for Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) vaccine mandate is just over two weeks away when all employees and contracted healthcare providers will have to be fully immunized.

The AHS policy was released on August 31 and stated, “the latest an employee could receive their second dose to be in compliance with the new policy is October 16, 2021, which allows for the two weeks that must pass to be considered fully immunized.”

The Western Standard has heard from a number of lawyers representing thousands of clients on many fronts who are looking for legal support in pushing back against these workplace and post-secondary institution vaccine mandates.

One of those lawyers, Jeffrey Rath, of Rath & Company, was recently retained by MyAPSChoice, a group consisting of over 4,000 public service and government employees.

Based on a number of legal claims including violations of constitutional rights and freedoms, employment laws, human rights laws and breaches to the Freedom of Information Act, Rath has been advising his clients to not cooperate with the mandates.

Rath has also released a “generalized open letter” for anyone to use in any workplace or post-secondary institution where a worker or student is facing a mandate to be vaccinated “against their will.”

The letter states: “It is my legal opinion that any policy that vitiates the consent of an employee (including staff, students, volunteers, contractors, and other persons acting on their behalf) by threatening to either terminate or suspend them in order to coerce the employee into being vaccinated is a violation of Canadian Law.”

The letter goes on to cite laws protecting one’s medical privacy and highlights courses of action available including exemptions.

Rath also advises that people do not reply electronically or provide their consent for access to their private medical information and that demands for proof of vaccination be responded to in writing via regular or registered mail.

Page six of the document includes a legal letter that can be used by anyone wishing to claim a legal exemption based on “the illegality of the policy under section 7 of the Charter (of rights and freedoms).”

“This is my generalized legal opinion without reference to any one individual personal circumstance,” said Rath advising that people are welcome to email him if they have more specific circumstances that may require legal assistance or if they are interested in registering as a class-action litigant.

Although the statement from AHS says their COVID-19 vaccine policy is mandatory any “employee who is unable to be immunized due to a medical reason or for another protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act will be reasonably accommodated.”

“This is an extraordinary but necessary measure to help protect our vital frontline healthcare teams and help us maintain a safe environment for all patients and clients” said Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO of Alberta Health Services.

An AHS official told the Western Standard that “AHS employee requests for accommodation will be reviewed by an Accommodations Adjudication Panel” which includes members from Human Resources, Employee Relations, WHS, Ability Management, and Organizational Ethics.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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WS EXCLUSIVE POLL: Vast majority of Albertans will vote in Senate election




Near seven out of every 10 Albertans are prepared to mark their ballots in the provincial Senate elections on Monday, according to a new poll done exclusively for the Western Standard.

The Mainstreet Research polls show 67% of Albertans said they would vote in the race to elect three senators-in-waiting.

Courtesy Mainstreet Research

Only 16% of Albertans said they would not participate in the election while another 17% were still not sure whether they would vote at all.

The polling shows a Conservative slate of candidates are currently in the lead, garnering the support of 30% of those surveyed.

Independent candidates are sitting at 17%, People’s Party of Canada candidates at 13% and 28% are still making up their minds.

A total of 12% said they would vote for a combination of candidates.

For those who intend to vote for the UCP in the next election, 75% said they would be voting for the Conservative candidates. For NDP supporters, 37% said they would vote for Independent candidates.

Courtesy Mainstreet research

PPC candidates were the favorite choice of 43% of those aiming to vote for the Wildrose Independence Party.

Mainstreet President and CEO Quito Maggi said while he “expects a slate of Conservatives to be elected” he “was surprised at the number of people who were going to select a mix.”

A full list of the candidates can be found on the Elections Alberta website here.

The analysis in this report is based on results of a survey conducted on October 12-13, 2021, among a sample of 935 adults, 18 years of age or older living in Alberta. The survey was conducted using automated telephone interviews (Smart IVR). Respondents were interviewed on landlines and cellular phones. The survey is intended to represent the voting population in Alberta. 

The margin of error for the poll is +/- 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. Margins of error are higher in each subsample. Totals may not add up 100% due to rounding.

Tomorrow: The Western Standard‘s exclusive poll on party support in Alberta.

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