Friday, July 23, 2021


Environment

Vancouver Island wildfire near Shirley now being held according to Coastal Fire Centre

The fire grew to one-hectare on Thursday.

CRD issues water conservation advisory for Salt Spring and Gulf Islands

Most outdoor water use should be stopped.

Here’s a list of wildfires currently burning in BC right now

There are 296 wildfires currently burning in BC.

BC declares provincial state of emergency due to escalating wildfire situation

There are currently 299 fires burning in the province.

Premier Horgan announces new BC Centre for Clean Energy set to open this fall

Funded by the provincial and federal governments, and Shell Canada.

Three assaults reported at Fairy Creek blockades this week as tensions boil over (VIDEO)

A shocking video of an aggravated assault was shared to social media.

Vessel designed to clean up ocean debris is departing from Victoria this month

The project intends to clean 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years.

Expert weighs in on link between historic heat wave in BC and climate change

“Every heatwave occurring today is made more likely and more intense by climate change.”
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Province provides tips on how to protect against smoke inhalation as wildfires worsen

There are currently 201 active fires in BC right now.
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Island Health reports nearly 100 deaths during last week’s heatwave

That’s double the average.

Video captures fawn and black bear chase in small BC community (VIDEO)

Like a scene from the Roadrunner and the Coyote.

Here’s what you can do to prevent a wildfire and what to do if...

If you spot a wildfire, report it immediately.
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Province to provide over $4 million in wildfire support to BC communities

Applications for the funding open today.
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RCMP concerned with dangerous protest methods and heatwave at Fairy Creek watershed

Protestors at Fairy Creek remain vigilant.

Coroner reports large spike in deaths amid historic heat wave in BC (UPDATE)

Deaths have doubled in the past four days.
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Cooling centre opens in Sidney amid extreme heatwave

The Shoal Centre will be open until 5:30 p.m. today.
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COVID-19 immunization clinic in Ladysmith will relocate to Nanaimo due to heat

A “dangerous heat wave” will last until next week, according to Environment Canada.

BC government honours old-growth harvesting deferrals from Island First Nations

The deferrals will protect 2,000 hectares of land in the Fairy Creek and Walbran areas.

BC government announces its intentions to ‘modernize’ the forest sector

The intention papers outline plans for old-growth logging, forest tenures, and timber supply and demand.

Hundreds of protestors at Fairy Creek peacefully reclaim blockade from RCMP

The front was led by Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones and Hereditary Chief Victor Peter.

Massive old-growth tree spotted on back of truck on Vancouver Island goes viral

The post garnered over 20K shares on social media.

Coalition of media outlets intend to take the RCMP to court over limited access...

Sources said two journalists have been arrested.

Arrests continue at Fairy Creek blockades as RCMP enforce injunction (VIDEO)

The situation is coming to a dramatic head.

Royal BC Museum adds 84-million year-old prehistoric turtle fossil to its collection (PHOTOS)

It was found in the Puntledge River near Courtenay.

RCMP begin enforcing injunction at Fairy Creek watershed

Police have set up a temporary access control area.

City of Victoria set to create bylaw that will limit house demolition

Homes will have to be dismantled by hand.

Sooke School District switches to electric school buses for next year

Put the pedal to the electric!
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Activists capture incident with loggers at Fairy Creek blockade, including assault

Forestry workers verbally and physically assaulted one youth.

Victoria’s downtown clean team will work weekends over the summer

Beginning this weekend!

Fairy Creek protestors file a notice to appeal a court order from April

The group say public interest far outweighs the profit-making ability.

Province and CRD purchase equipment to clean up Elk and Beaver Lakes

It will help clear the blue-green algae in the lakes.

Several Vancouver Island municipalities endorse pause on recreational wolf hunting

The moratorium resolution was drafted by Oak Bay.

10 things that you should never flush down the drain

Some of them may surprise you! 😱

Despite objections and injunctions, blockades to protect the Old Growth at Fairy Creek remain...

Premier John Horgan and leaders representing the Pacheedaht Nation have expressed their objections.

Victoria’s single-use plastic bag bylaw now back in effect

Businesses can offer customers paper bags for no less than 25 cents or reusable bags for $2.

BC Supreme Court grants injunction for logging company to remove Fairy Creek protestors

Despite this, the road blockages continue.

BC residents will pay more for heat as carbon tax increases April 1st

There was no hike in cost last year due to the pandemic.

Vancouver Island trophy hunter denies killing wolf pack near Sooke

But admits she killed two “problematic” wolves
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Victoria-based company designs new camping fire-starter

"The Island is a perfect place for this."

Saanich residents rescue duck with plastic lid stuck around beak (VIDEO)

The incident points to a bigger litter problem in the area.

38 acres of greenspace near Jordie Lunn Bike Park donated to Langford

The new park could feature a rock-climbing area!

UVic to offer climate journalism teaching through $1.875 million donation

Applications for five-year professorship will open soon.

Here’s how you can get double your CleanBC Better Homes rebate

More time at home = more $$ in your pocket! 🤑
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Barge sinks at Port McNeill dock on Christmas Day (PHOTOS)

A second barge also broke free and crashed onto the breakwater.
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Province sets new emissions target for 2025 following CleanBC report

BC Green Leader Sonia Furstenau called CleanBC "an impartial road map."
Parks Canada Ditidaht Stream Restoration

Ditidaht First Nation and Parks Canada restore salmon streams on West Vancouver Island

Workers have seen up to 1,300 salmon in one day returning to the streams.
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Sidney moves to protect more urban trees through bylaw changes

Several species have been added to the protected list.
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New Greater Victoria wastewater treatment project goes online

The project cost $775 million across three levels of government.