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BC prepares for more flooding as third ‘atmospheric river’ arrives

A series of warnings have been issued for sections of BC’s southern coast.

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The arrival of a third storm in a series of atmospheric rivers is looming in BC, and officials say it may be the worst of the lot.

Massive rainfall is set to drench the southern BC coast — an area with a long history of flooding — including the Fraser Valley where 90 mm of rain is expected to fall on Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting crews in Abbotsford to set up tiger dams in vulnerable areas.

A tiger dam is a rubber dam that inflates with water, which can be set up in a few hours as opposed to sand barriers which can take days.

Vancouver is anticipating a manageable rainfall of 60 mm, while Squamish and the North Shore expect up to 120 mm.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Trans-Canada Highway — Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass, West Columbia, North Columbia, Kinbasket, and Yoho Park — Kootenay Park.

“Snow levels will rise to near 2000 metres tonight,” reads the statement.

“This will be accompanied by heavy rainfall on Wednesday. There is potential for increased runoff due to snowmelt and the heavy rain on Wednesday, increasing the risk of flooding.”

Weather in the mountains can change rapidly, posing severely hazardous driving conditions.

Heavy winds are also blowing through the Fraser Canyon.

“High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds,” reads the statement.

The Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt is expected to get 40-50 mm of rainfall which may “possibly impact vulnerable landscape and infrastructure.”

Inland sections of the Central Coast will also get soaked, including Bella Coola which will get up to 120 mm by Wednesday.

The coastal sections of the Central Coast, such as North Vancouver Island, and West Coast of Vancouver Island are anticipating 150 mm of rainfall by Wednesday causing concern for localized flooding in low-lying areas.

BC’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth has extended the state of emergency giving agencies such as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC, the RCMP, and others the ability to use extraordinary measures.

Within the extension is an order restricting fuel purchases.

“Non-essential vehicles” are limited to 30 litres of fuel per trip to the pump.

The order was initially set to conclude on December 1 but will now remain until December 14 at the earliest.

1990 vs 2021 Hwy. 1 in Abbotsford BC. (BC Archives/City of Abbotsford)

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard
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  1. Left Coast

    November 30, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    “atmospheric rivers” ? ? ?

    Utter nonsense . . . these are storms originating in the South Pacific and have been called “Pineapple Express” for the last 40 years. Warm tropical air can carry much more moisture . . . anyone who has been to Hawaii knows about monsoons.

    This is Rhetoric created by the “Warmists” in the media who have been preaching Gorebull Warming to the Masses for over 25 years now. Without any Real Science.

    Some REAL Science . . . “The terms ‘atmosphere’ or ‘air’ are abstract terms that can be described as a “mixture of different molecules in their gas phase that are NOT connected by any type of chemical bond and they do not interact with each other”. That mixture, i.e. atmosphere or air, does NOT have any physico-chemical property itself but it reflects properties of individual molecules that are part of that ‘collection’.”

    On CO2 . . . “One of the key assumptions of GHT is that during daytime we have ‘normal-CO2’ that allows heat energy from the sun to pass through our atmosphere ‘free-of-charge’ and without the need to do any work, i.e. heating the molecules in our atmosphere, while during night time, it changes to the ‘werewolf-CO2’ which plays the role of the ‘night time-Sun’ and ‘back-heats’ the Earth completely free of charge and again, all that heat energy gets back to the Earth surface without doing any work.”

    Even a little research can inform . . . the Media is allergic to the Fact that AGW is still after all these years an UNPROVEN HYPOTHESIS ! ! !

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Manitobans shipped to US for surgery

The move is an effort to deal with the province’s backlog of more than 153,000 surgical and diagnostic procedures, blamed on COVID-19 health care demands.

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About 300 Manitobans awaiting spinal surgery will be sent to Sanford Medical Centre in Fargo ND for their operations.

The move is an effort to deal with the province’s backlog of more than 153,000 surgical and diagnostic procedures, blamed on COVID-19 health care demands.

Patients who have been on the spinal surgery waiting list for more than a year will be given priority. Some may be headed south of the border by the end of January.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon and members of the Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force are expected to provide an update at a 2 p.m. CST news conference.

The province may also be contemplating sending joint-surgery patients to Sanford.

“We acknowledge the suffering. We acknowledge the waits,” said Dr. Ed Buchel, the provincial surgery lead for Manitoba Shared Health told CBC.

Sending patients elsewhere in Canada isn’t an option because every provincial health care system is overwhelmed with demands from the Omicron variant, he said.

Health staff have been diverted from operating rooms to care for COVID-19 patients while surgery backlogs escalated.

Patients suffering broken backs, unstable spines or cancer are deemed too risky for surgery in the U.S.

Preference will be given to those with serious conditions needing urgent attention, yet are able to travel by vehicle to Sanford, 360 km from Winnipeg.

Doctors Manitoba hopes this is a short-term measure.

“Sending patients out of Manitoba for care is not ideal, but we understand the task force has very few local options right now because of the shortage of staff and the current surge in Omicron hospital admissions,” spokesperson Keir Johnson said in a statement to CBC.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Manitoba was the only province that transferred critical care patients, 57 in all, out-of-province.

To be updated…

Slobodian is the Senior Manitoba Columnist for the Western Standard lslobodian@westernstandardonline.com

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WORLD WATCH: UK announces COVID restrictions are over

Beginning Thursday, January 27, the UK government will bring an end to “mandatory certifications” — vaccine passports.

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The UK government will no longer require vaccine passports and mask mandates as of next Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons.

“We can return to plan A in England and allow plan B regulations to expire,” said Johnson, in a live address on Wednesday. 

Beginning Thursday, January 27, the UK government will bring an end to “mandatory certifications” — vaccine passports.

Johnson said organizations will be permitted to continue the voluntary pass but the government will “end the compulsory use of COVID status certification in England.”

The government also announced it will no longer require people to work from home.

With the announcement the government will no longer mandate the wearing of face masks, the house erupted with cheers.

Johnson confirmed students would no longer be required to wear facemasks in classrooms as of Thursday, but added the government will continue to suggest the use of masks in public places.

“We will trust the judgement of the British people and no longer criminalize anyone who chooses not to wear one,” said Johnson.

Restrictions on visits to care homes will also be eased across the UK.

Johnson said some measures will remain in place including self-isolation.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
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CTF calls for tax cuts as inflation hits 30 year high

The December 2021 consumer price index hit 4.8%, according to Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling on the Canadian government to reduce taxes to help people with the rising cost of living.

The December 2021 consumer price index hit 4.8%, according to Statistics Canada on Wednesday.

“Canadians are fueling up at the pumps and then worrying about whether they have enough left over for ground beef at the grocery store,” said Franco Terrazzano, federal director of the CTF.

“Inflation is a key economic issue facing Canadian families and our politicians need to wake up and provide some relief.”

Canadians who make more than $64,900 are going to see an extra $396 in payroll tax bills this year, according to the CTF.

The federal carbon tax increased twice during the pandemic and will increase again to 11 cents per litre of gasoline on April 1, 2022.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said carbon tax will be increasing to nearly 40 cents per litre by 2030, as well as a second carbon tax is being developed that could add another 11 cents per litre.

Additionally, the federal government is planning for an increase in alcohol taxes for the third time during the pandemic on April 1.

“High taxes and soaring prices are making the tough times tougher in Canada,” said Terrazzano.

“While other countries are cutting taxes, all we get from Canadian politicians are higher tax bills. It’s time for Ottawa to provide some tax relief and make life in Canada a little more affordable.”

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole also called on Trudeau to take immediate action.

“For the first time in 30 years, prices are up 4.8% compared to a year ago. Millions of Canadians are feeling the pinch of inflation in their daily lives. Families and seniors are falling behind and they see the Trudeau government doing nothing to give them a break,” said O’Toole in a statement.

“Food is more expensive. Gas and home heating are costing more. Rents in many cities are skyrocketing by double digits and home ownership is out of reach for millions as prices are up a staggering 26.6% in just one year.   

“More Canadians are struggling to meet ends meet, young people are giving up on home ownership and nearly half of all Canadians are worried about their financial security for the upcoming year. The high-tax, high-debt lockdown agenda of the Trudeau government has set the stage for inflation and COVID policies are making supply chain challenges worse. We are already seeing alarming shortages on shelves leading to higher prices.”

The CTF noted Spain was rated lower than Canada on the 2021 misery index, but that country’s government is taking action giving citizens breaks by cutting added tax on electricity from 21% to 10% until April 30.

South Korea, India, and several states across America have also reduced fuel taxes.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
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