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Salmo RCMP believe wildfires may have been deliberately set

“Crews spotted an unknown male fleeing the area on foot.”

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A handful of recently sparked wildfires just north of Salmo, BC are being referred to as “suspicious” by investigators.

The Salmo Fire Department, alongside Salmo RCMP, responded to four brush fires located north west of the Hwy. 3 and Hwy. 6 intersection on July 24, and police believe all four of the fires were human-caused and possibly deliberately set.

“Our investigators have been working diligently on this case, and have seized physical evidence from the fire scenes,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, BC RCMP in the Southeast District.

“Fire crews worked fast to extinguish each of the fires before they could spread.”

Upon arriving to one of the fires, crews spotted an “unknown male fleeing the area on foot.” The person of interest was described to police as wearing a pair of tan-coloured pants.

Emergency crews attended three additional blazes in the Salmo area since Saturday. The most recent included a small fire discovered around 5 a.m. on July 26 at the end of Lagoon Road, a fire at about 4:30 p.m. up the Bombi pass, and the last at 5 p.m. near the intersection of Highways 3 and 6.

So far this year, 1,239 fires – 34 of which sparked this week – have scorched 448,952 hectares.

BC Wildfire Service says these numbers are significantly higher than the 10-year-average, and Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a heat wave warning for much of southern BC, saying daytime temperatures will likely hit the low 30s in many areas from Thursday to Sunday morning.

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

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  1. Woodrow George

    July 30, 2021 at 9:14 am

    “may have been deliberately set”?!?!

    I’ll say MOST have been deliberately set. Yet, government refuses to acknowledge this.

    Antifa/marxist/eco-terrorists (they all have the same end goal, people) are the cause of most of these fires.

  2. K

    July 29, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Soon, they’ll put us on lockdown to stop us (ie. them) from doing these types of things. AGENDA 2030 — No more ‘wild lands’ for us.

  3. K

    July 29, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Yeah, no **** sherlock.

  4. Left Coast

    July 28, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Antifa comes to Canada . . . this was not uncommon last year in California & Oregon.

    A number of years ago ISIS was also promoting these tactics . . .

    Many of the Eco-fascists are terrorists!

  5. Matt C

    July 28, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    Starting fires has become a tactic of eco-radicals. They start fires, destroying forests, animals and property and endangering lives, and then cite global warming.
    Why aren’t the radical eco groups (and the money backing them) categorized as domestic terrorists??
    The police and courts are very political now.

  6. Baron Not Baron

    July 28, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Of course the fires were put on purpose! What else would make sense?

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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.

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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
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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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.

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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.

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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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