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May blames fossil fuels for BC rain and flooding

“Canada must prepare for disaster and avoid worse by moving to end fossil fuels,” tweeted May.

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After BC communities were forced to evacuate their homes due to widespread flooding, politicians — such as the Green Party of Canada’s MP Elizabeth May — suggest fossil fuels are to blame.

May has been the Green Party’s MP for Saanich—Gulf Islands since 2011.

The causal explanation for the recent disaster is no different from what was peddled amid BC’s particularly devastating wildfire season this past summer: anthropogenic climate change.

While the climate is evidently changing, the point of contention revolves around whether it is natural or anthropogenic, and if the latter, just how much of an impact human activity has.

The excessive rain that has relentlessly pounded parts of southern BC recently, leading to disastrous flooding, is the result of what Environment Canada refers to as an “atmospheric river event.”

An atmospheric river is a flowing column of condensed water vapour in the atmosphere. When atmospheric rivers move inland and sweep over mountains, the vapour rises and cools — leading to intense precipitation. Larger atmospheric rivers can initiate severe and potentially catastrophic disruptions, or, in some cases replenish water supplies and quell wildfires.

The events, which can be both beneficial and harmful depending on the circumstances, are expected to grow larger in a warmer environment — therefore some conclude if human activity is responsible for a warming climate, then it must be to blame for the recent flooding.

Others will agree that that yes, a heating environment leads to more water evaporating from oceans, lakes, and rivers, therefore accentuating storm systems due to an increase of moisture in the sky. However, they will argue these incidents are not the product of human activity, suggesting the climate has been heating and cooling since it came into being.

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

    November 19, 2021 at 8:29 am

    May knows full well that 80% of the BC fires were started intentionally. These mudslides and rockslides were all predicted while the fires were still burning. The only thing that May and her green cohorts didn’t know was when the rains would come. No worries for them because they knew the rains always come eventually. May should be charged for manslaughter!

  2. Joc2257

    November 18, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Maybe May should look at the big golden ball that has more to do with our climate and weather than anything else. Could it possibly that May is willful ill-informed of the latest CME that exploded from the sun was 7 times lager than the one the hit earth in the 1850 that knocked out. The aurora was seen as far south as Washington DC.
    Can you imagine how much heat that hit earth warning the Ionosphere and Stratosphere on the late October day and the politicians wonder why there is so much rain, you don’t need to have a degree in astrophysics to figure that out

  3. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    November 17, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Could it be that when your brain waves stop you can find someone in the media to listen to your halucinations?

  4. Leslie Solar

    November 17, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    If we want to be somewhat less rude, can some journalist take the time to ask people like May EXACTLY HOW these “greenhouse gases” cause “climate change”, after we define those terms so we actually have some idea as to what we are talking about.

    Press a bit and you will get back to “global warming”. At which point you ask for the evidence that human-caused CO2 has “caused” global warming. (If ever there was “settled science” it is that: i) accurate global temp measurement has only been possible since satellites–around 1979 or so; ii) the earths temp didnt change for some 19 or so years, relatively recently, while there was (conservatively) at least 300% increase in global “emissions of C02” from China and India. THERE IS NO CAUSAL CONNECTION.

  5. M S

    November 17, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    She’d blame the smell of her forgetting how to wipe her ass on climate change!

  6. Left Coast

    November 17, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    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 . .

  7. Left Coast

    November 17, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Lizzy May is bat-chit Krazy . . .

    These type of storms have been coming into BC forever . . . there are always slides and flooding which is why many roads in the lower mainland have permanent “Road Flood” signs on them. What was different this time was the penetration into the interior. Usually it turns to snow at higher elevations, didn’t happen this time.

    Sure makes a mess but will keep the Provincial Govt busy so they can do less damage with the Covid Insanity.

  8. Glenn Taylor

    November 17, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Every weather event is now the result of fossil fuels. The Green Taliban also believes the earth is only 100 years old and all climate history before 1920 simply doesn’t exist since much of it is unknown. If we can know what happened with certainty before 1920, it therefore didn’t happen.

  9. Jack Masterman

    November 17, 2021 at 8:39 am

    You are so right NON-COMPLIANT ALBERTA SEPARATIST. I live on Vancouver Island and keep shaking my head at the stupidity of my fellow islanders. Victoria and Vancouver are proof that so many people are just sheep and follow the media hype.
    There have been many weather-related tragedies over the decades. This is just another. It is widespread mainly due to factors of wind and wind direction.
    Elizabeth May has to be one of the least intelligent of our politicians and that is taking some effort as most of our elected politicians seem intellectually challenged. It is a reflection of the electorate on how little they pay to politics and what is happening in Canada. I guess as soon as it hits their pocketbook a bit harder, they will take notice.
    The NDP policy of stopping the economy from freely progressing will have long lasting consequences. Stopping the oil from Alberta, signing on to UNDRIP, putting all the Red Tape in front of any enterprise, and trying to stop the natural cycle of the earth warming by taxing the taxpayers of British Columbia with a regressive Carbon Tax that has proven to have no effect on emissions during the decades it has been in effect.

  10. The Owl

    November 17, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Message to Dizzy May. Use your time and effort to stop airplanes from polluting the upper atmosphere with chemtrails. Every airplane leaving Vancouver leaves a chemtrail across the prairie skies. Man is screwing the weather in their effort to control it. The disaster we see today has nothing to do with climate change. Bible says, God is in control of the seasons and He shall not be mocked.

  11. Longo

    November 17, 2021 at 5:48 am

    Elizabeth May is nothing more than a washed up anti semetic socialist.

  12. William Clark

    November 16, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Nobody cares what that loser thinks

    On a happy note more truck drivers , plumbers, mechanics etc should run for office like down in NJ.
    It’s time to get the trash out of government.

  13. Declan Carroll

    November 16, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Que the Climate Grifters for Soro’s bucks. These people take us for fools. We are at the height of the La Nina weather pattern and we get these floods every 8 years. There is nothing out of the ordinary other the the commies in control of the levers of power.

  14. Dennis

    November 16, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Reid, I thought you had more integrity than this. Giving this airhead drunk space? Really? Must be a slow news day.

  15. Rigpig

    November 16, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Have another drink Lizzy.

  16. John Thomas

    November 16, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    So Ms May what are they going to use for equipment to repair all this? Electric drills. Give your head a shake. Don’t you think they need large equipment which runs on diesel fuel to operate will be required.

  17. Deb

    November 16, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    She must be a paid activist hell bent on killing an industry. This is not caused by Climate Change. Obviously God is not happy with his people and what is going on in the world.

  18. Shepherdess

    November 16, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    NON-COMPLIANT ALBERTA SEPARATIST…Well said and ditto from Saskatchewan!

  19. Dave Symington

    November 16, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    May give me break! Your statement just confirms you haven’t pulled your head out of your back side. Instead of beating your chest about fossil fuels and climate change. Focus on of ways to help victims of these natural disaster!

  20. John Lankers

    November 16, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    It is a well known fact that heavy drinking causes brain damage

  21. Non-Compliant Alberta Separatist

    November 16, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Now that Lower BC and Vancouver Island are cut off from the rest of Canada, we should do everything we can to keep it that way.

    Silly idiots like Ms. May think that they can survive without fossil fuels, then let’s permanently restrict their ability to transport goods to/from the rest of Canada, and stop shipping them any products made from fossil fuels (Solvents,Bearing Grease,Ink,Floor Wax,Ballpoint Pens,Football Cleats,Upholstery,Sweaters,Boats,Insecticides,Bicycle Tires,Car Bodies,Nail Polish,Fishing lures,Dresses,Tires,Golf Bags,Perfumes,CDs/DVDS/Blurays,Dishwasher parts,Tool Boxes,Shoe Polish,Motorcycle Helmets,Caulking,Petroleum Jelly,Transparent Tape,Bluray Players, Video Game Consoles,Faucet Washers,Antiseptics,Clothesline,Curtains,Food Preservatives,Basketballs,Soap,Vitamin Capsules,Antihistamines,Purses,Shoes,Dashboards,Cortisone,Deodorant,Shoelace Aglets,Putty,Dyes, Panty Hose,Refrigerant,Coffee Machines & Percolators,Life Jackets,Rubbing Alcohol,Linings,Skis, Televisions,Cell phones,Tablets,Laptops,Computers,Keyboards,Computer Mice,exercise clothing,Rugs,Electrician’s Tape,Tool Racks,Car Battery Cases,Epoxy,Paint,Mops,Slacks,Insect Repellent,Filters,Umbrellas,Yarn,Fertilizers,Hair Coloring,Roofing,Toilet Seats,Fishing Rods,Lipstick,Denture Adhesive,Linoleum,Ice Cube Trays,Refrigerators,Washers, Dryers,Synthetic Rubber,Speakers,Plastic Wood,Electric Blankets,Glycerin,Tennis Rackets,Rubber Cement,Fishing Boots,Dice,Nylon Rope,Candles,Trash Bags,House Paint,Water Pipes,Hand Lotion,Roller Skates,Surf Boards,Shampoo,Wheels,Luggage,Paint Rollers,Shower Curtains,Guitar Strings,Luggage racks,Aspirin,Safety Glasses,Antifreeze,Football Helmets,Awnings,Eyeglasses,Under Clothes,Toothbrushes,Ice Chests,Footballs,Combs,Paint Brushes,Detergents,Vaporizers,Balloons,Sun Glasses,Tents,Tent Pegs,Heart Valves,Crayons,Parachutes,Enamel,Pillows,Dishes,Cameras,Anesthetics,Artificial Turf,Artificial limbs,Bandages,Dentures,Model Cars,Folding Doors,Hair Curlers,Cold cream,Movie film,Soft Contact lenses,Drinking Cups,Water bottles,Pop bottles, Pop bottle caps,Fan Belts,Car Enamel,Shaving Cream,Ammonia,Deep Freezers,Toothpaste and hundreds of thousands of more products)

    Oh yes, that’s one of the benefits of Alberta leaving the cesspool… Vancouver Island and Vancouver area won’t be able to send anything East by road or rail without going through the Alberta border crossing and paying tariffs or being denied passage. They also won’t be able to fly over Alberta without paying fees.

    You can go around, but you won’t go through. We’ll see who has the leverage to negotiate tide water access then won’t wel.

    Ms. May is a complete idiot and pretends to rule over the idiots of lower BC as the chief village idiot. The world will be better off is she sat down, and drank herself into silence. That goes for her idiot friends too.

  22. John Thomas

    November 16, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    And wonder why Canada is in the state we are with politicians like this

  23. Ken

    November 16, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Perfect example of how a low IQ clown can become a politician and still keep sucking on the taxpayers tit

  24. Jerry Terpstra

    November 16, 2021 at 11:38 am

    If the politicians would just keep their big mouths shut the lack of hot air from them alone will cause an ice age

  25. Bruce

    November 16, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Freedom fans: Nailed it

  26. Baron Not Baron

    November 16, 2021 at 11:36 am

    The mummy.. This is what I see here.. the mummy, with a dried brain – basically no brain.

  27. Freedoms fans

    November 16, 2021 at 11:23 am

    I have no words for this kind of stupidity. I guess before fossil fuels it never rained or flooded.

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Misery index places Canada in bottom ranks

“Canadians are rightly concerned about the country’s high inflation and unemployment rates, and when compared to other developed countries, Canada is not doing well.”

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Canada’s combination of high rates of inflation and unemployment have secured it the sixth most “miserable” advanced economy in the world.

Tuesday morning, the Fraser Institute released a study that ranked the International Monetary Fund’s top 35 economic countries.

With an inflation rate of 3.15% and unemployment rate of 7.72%, Canada’s 2021 Misery Index score is 10.88.

“Canadians are rightly concerned about the country’s high inflation and unemployment rates, and when compared to other developed countries, Canada is not doing well,” said Jason Clements, executive vice president of the Fraser Institute.

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American economist Arthur Okun created the Misery Index to understand the level of economic strain felt on an everyday basis for regular citizens of a country.

Inflation and unemployment act as measures that drastically affect the costs of living that impacts economic well-being on an individual level.

Only five countries received worse scores than Canada, Spain in the last spot with a score of 17.61, followed by Greece (15.73), Italy (11.96) and Iceland (11.26)

Countries above Canada’s score include France (10.10), the United States (9.72), Australia (7.33), and the United Kingdom (7.17).

Japan (2.61) and Switzerland (3.57) received the top scores being the least miserable.

The Misery Index was prominent in policy discussions during the 1970s and 1980s, but fell out of the spotlight during the 1990s while inflation and unemployment was low.

“The fact we are again discussing the Misery Index and Canada’s high ranking on it is bad news for all Canadians, who will suffer as a result,” Clemens said.

“Governments across Canada, particularly the federal government, should prioritize those policies that will make Canadians less miserable by lowering inflation and unemployment.”

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
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LETTER: Does Copping have scientific evidence to continue with vaccine passports?

“Surely our government would not discriminate against any Albertans without a sound scientific basis for doing so.”

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RE: Vaccine passports now mandatory in Alberta

My wife and I took it upon ourselves to get tested for immunity to the COVID-19 virus at our own cost. Several other couples in our community have done the same thing. The test is carried out by the Mayo Clinic so I think we can all agree it is done by a very credible organization.

Both my wife and I tested >250 which is the highest level of immunity that they register. It is also the same level of immunity they show on the most vaccinated people. 

With this in mind, I ask the Minister of Health and the entire UCP government, what is the scientific basis for your continuing to impose the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) to discriminate against us and restrict us from being able to participate in society?

Surely our government would not discriminate against any Albertans without a sound scientific basis for doing so.

Murray Woods
Linden, AB

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‘Galileo’ stockbroker loses COVID case

Grammond explained judicial notice of obvious facts is intended to ensuring plaintiffs with pointless claims do not “bog down the judicial process” with unnecessary arguments.

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A Montreal stockbroker who likened himself to Galileo and said COVID-19 wasn’t real had his case tossed out of Federal Court, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“Courts make decisions based on evidence brought in each particular case,” wrote Justice Sébastien Grammond.

“Some facts however are so obvious courts assume their existence and no evidence of them is required. This is called judicial notice.”

Lucien Khodeir filed a federal challenge of Treasury Board vaccination orders for employees.

Khodeir was not personally affected by the orders issued last October 6. The court was told he works as a stock trader for CIBC World Markets.

Khodeir in his submission said vaccine mandates were unnecessary since the coronavirus did not exist, and proposed to call three expert witnesses.

“It is pure speculation,” said the court.

“In his submissions, Mr. Khodeir compares himself to Galileo who was persecuted in the 17th century for asserting that the Earth revolves around the Sun, a theory unanimously accepted today. Yet unlike Mr. Khodeir, Galileo buttressed the heliocentric theory with facts, especially his discovery of Jupiter’s moons.

“In contrast, Mr. Khodeir asks us to believe his assertions regarding the coronavirus without providing any tangible fact in support. The comparison is unfair to the great Italian scholar. Mr. Khodeir’s case has no scientific footing.”

Grammond explained judicial notice of obvious facts is intended to ensuring plaintiffs with pointless claims do not “bog down the judicial process” with unnecessary arguments.

“Over the last two years most people on this planet have been affected in various ways by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the court.

“It has become common knowledge COVID-19 is caused by a virus.

“Numerous trusted sources of information have repeated this fact to the point that it is now beyond reasonable dispute. There is a lack of debate on this issue in scientific circles.”

The Federal Court noted dismissal of the claim was unrelated to numerous cases awaiting trial in which vaccine orders are being challenged as unnecessary, intrusive and unconstitutional. None of the plaintiffs challenging vaccine orders have disputed the existence of the coronavirus.

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