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Parts of BC expecting higher temperatures as wildfires continue to spark up

More than 300 fires are currently burning across BC, 75 of which ignited this past weekend




Just weeks after the province baked through a record-breaking heatwave, parts of BC’s interior are expected to climb to near 40C this week, raising concern as new wildfires continue to spark.

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.

Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation order Saturday night for 132 homes near Sun Peaks, and the resort town asked visitors to stay away on Sunday.

Located about 10-km. west of the resort, near Whitecroft, the fire is threatening structures as well as the safety of residents, according to the Regional District, that suggests evacuees stay with friends and family if possible due to the lack of space in nearby hotels.

The resort is still operational to guests already at Sun Peaks.

An evacuation alert has also been issued for a part of Canim Lake.

“For residents on evacuation alert, please be prepared to evacuate your premises or property should it be required,” says the Cariboo Regional District.

“Residents will be given as much advance notice as possible prior to evacuation; however you may receive limited notice due to changing conditions.”

The District said the latest alert covers a 32-sq. km area.

On Sunday, both the BC provincial and federal government announced they will be matching all donations made to the Canadian Red Cross for BC wildfire relief, up to $20 million.

“This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us what we can do when we work together, and this is another chance for us to do that,” said Mike Farnworth, BC’s minister of Public Safety and solicitor general.

The funds will be matched for all donations made since July 3, when the Red Cross’ British Columbia Fires Appeal began.

“The Government of Canada is, and will continue to be, a strong and active partner to assist people and communities affected by the wildfires in British Columbia,” said Bill Blair, federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

“We are committed to providing a coordinated federal response that is also complimentary to existing programs to the residents of Lytton and surrounding communities.”

RCMP say there will an update on the Lytton investigation soon. Meanwhile, they have set up three security checkpoints in the recently destroyed village.

Wildfires are an annual event in British Columbia, although the current volume of fire activity is about a month ahead of schedule. The BC Wildfire Service believes a lack of rain in the spring and early summer is largely to blame.

Reid Small is a BC correspondent for the Western Standard

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  1. Baron Not Baron

    July 14, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    This a left type action, to slowly remove the populations out of their lands/properties, into the cage cities, where they can be surveilled.

  2. Left Coast

    July 13, 2021 at 10:01 am

    The entire Klimate mantra is based on fake science . . .

    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 . .

  3. Left Coast

    July 13, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Every Summer BC catches fire . . . and the NDP is surprised again?

    Forest Management would go a long way to help reduce the numbers . . . but they have learned little from the Kelowna burn a few years ago and last year’s California & Oregon fires. One thing they discovered in Cali & Oregon was that Arsonists played a role . . . could that be an issue in BC as well. Maybe they get upset when they can’t find a Church.

  4. Baron Not Baron

    July 12, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    The left is burning it all. Like they did with the Alberta oil cities..

  5. Claudette Leece

    July 12, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Maybe if folks took a few hrs to read Patrick Moore Fake Catastrophe and Disaster, they would understand there is no such thing as Climate Change.

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While calls for Chu to resign grow, the Recall Act still awaits cabinet approval

Bill 52: The Recall Act, now awaiting proclamation, “creates a process that could lead to the recall of elected officials, including members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), municipal officials and school trustees,” states the Alberta Government website.




Calls from politicians for Calgary Ward 4 incumbent Sean Chu to resign are growing in light of news around dismissed allegations of sexual misconduct against more than two decades ago.

Premier Jason Kenney said the allegations were “appalling” while mayor-elect Jyoti Gondek has called for Chu to step down.

Michelle Rempel Garner, Calgary-Nose Hill MP overlapping Ward 4 said she’s “formally withdrawing her endorsement of Councillor Sean Chu,” adding he’s no longer a member of her Constituency Association.

A new bill allowing Albertans to recall elected officials throughout their term was introduced in the spring of this year and and was passed by the legislature in June.

But Bill 52, the Recall Act, is still awaiting proclamation, leaving it in a state of legislative limbo.

The Western Standard reached out to Government House Leader, Jason Nixon for comment as to when Bill 52 will be proclaimed into law, but no response has been received as of publishing.

According to the Government of Alberta’s website, the bill “creates a process that could lead to the recall of elected officials, including members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), municipal officials and school trustees.”

The process to recall a municipal official involves applying for a petition to recall the politician with the city’s chief administrative officer (CAO). If approved, the applicant is charged with gathering signatures from 40% of eligible voters in the official’s ward within 60 days. If successful, the CAO would make a declaration at the next council meeting and the official would be removed at that time.

According to the bill, an elected official cannot be recalled any earlier than 18-months from the date they were elected, meaning that even if the bill was proclaimed by the Alberta government, Chu would still be ineligible for a recall petition until 2024.

The Western Standard spoke with Chu in an exclusive interview before Monday’s municipal election to discuss the incident referenced in a series of documents leaked from the Calgary Police Service just days before the election.

Chu called the leak of the documents “politically motivated”, stating the timing of the release was “decades after those matters were resolved” and denied any wrongdoing.

In 1997, Chu was investigated for complaints alleging sexual assault and threats. The investigation found no grounds for charges, but Chu did received a letter of reprimand for caressing the leg of a minor while in uniform that he said he believed at the time to have been over 18.

The Western Standard had a follow-up interview with Chu the day after winning Monday’s election in Ward 4 by a mere 52 votes when he reaffirmed his innocence, said he would not resign, and responded to allegations first published by CTV Calgary.

Chu served as a Calgary police officer from 1992 until he was elected in 2013 and is now looking at his legal options for a possible defamation suit.

Because Chu was not charged in the incident, it appears any bid to try and remove Chu at this point would fail.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Whistlestop’s Scott launches new anti-COVID lockdown advocacy group

“We never thought we would be in the world that we are in today, yet here we are,” Scott said.




Whistlestop Cafe owner Chris Scott — who rose to fame fighting Alberta COVID-19 lockdowns — is starting an advocacy group to continue the battle.

The new group, FullSteamAhead, is becoming a non-profit membership association which links individuals and businesses and lawyers affected by government’s plans for forced vaccination for employment in some areas.

Scott said his group has a mission:

• To actively seek out credible information.

• To advocate for those who are mandated out of work.

• To effectively influence change in order to protect Constitutional Rights & Freedoms.

“We never thought we would be in the world that we are in today, yet here we are,” Scott said in a Facebook posting.

“And we want you to know that you are not alone. There are thousands of individuals and businesses across Alberta and Canada that are asking themselves how to navigate this new world.

“We want individuals and businesses to team up with a group of lawyers that are ready to take on the government and companies that are stripping away our rights and freedoms. And we want to help those individuals and businesses that are being discriminated against in order to keep their job or their business running.”

Scott was arrested May 8 after a protest which saw 1,500 people show up in support of his business in Mirror, 50 km east of Red Deer, which has faced repeated crackdowns by the provincial government.

That week saw the RCMP seize all of the establishment’s beer and then days later padlock the restaurant after a dawn raid.

Undeterred, Scott continued cooking pancakes, making burgers and serving coffee to his customers the next day in the parking lot outside his shuttered restaurant. The UCP government had recently banned outdoor patio service for restaurants.

Scott made a solemn promise to Alberta Health Services and the RCMP he would no longer open his establishment.

So when he was inside May 29, cleaning damage up after someone broke the glass in his front door, he was shocked to see AHS and RCMP speed into his parking lot, and re-padlock the restaurant.

Last week saw him receive a $20,000 fine and an 18-month probation period.

The Whistle Stop Cafe has become a flashpoint in resistance to provincial lockdown orders and restrictions imposed by the Kenney government, as Scott defied the orders and “illegally” reopened in mid-January of 2021.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

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AHS says at least 1,200 employees don’t want the jab

A total of 7% of AHS employees have yet to submit their proof and AHS is “actively working” to confirm their vaccine status.




Despite Alberta Health Services reporting overwhelming support for their proof of vaccine policy, at least 1,200 AHS staff have requested an exemption.

In a live address to Albertans on Tuesday, AHS President and CEO, Dr. Verna Yiu said, “there is very broad support of the vaccine policy,” referring to AHS requiring all medical staff to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 31.   

Yiu said 92% of physicians and nurses have submitted their proof of vaccination along with 97% of all ICU staff.

But 7% of AHS employees have yet to submit their proof and AHS is “actively working” to confirm their vaccine status.

Approximately 1,200 medical staff have asked for vaccine exemptions provided for in the policy with 838 already submitting the necessary paperwork to be considered.

Yiu said those seeking a vaccine exemption, whether medical or religious, account for less than 1% of AHS staff and confirmed only 61 employees have resigned to date.

Any staff who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to do so and “address any concerns they may have with their leader or healthcare provider,” said Yiu.

“We stand by the policy and it will be fully implemented.”

Those without accommodations or proof of full immunization will be placed on unpaid leave at the end of the month.  

AHS says with such low numbers, they don’t anticipate “having any significant impact on our ability to provide care to Albertans.”

Yiu also took the opportunity to thank Albertans for helping to bring case numbers down and “reduce the strain on the healthcare system.”

She also confirmed that with “pressures easing” AHS has been able to allow for more surgeries to return to the hospitals.

“It’s a fine balance and we must ensure that we have adequate ICU capacity should COVID numbers increase again,” said Yiu

There are currently 376 general adult ICU beds available with 75% occupancy. The “surge beds” will be reduced incrementally as volume allows.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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