August 21, 2015
An independent candidate running for Parliament, Wayne Scott’s recent campaign video featured him riding a Canadian wild goose. Scott is from Mission, British Columbia and is a 38-year-old small business owner. His new video claims to showcase him running for Parliament in the new riding of the Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon. He does this while standing in front of a very intriguing banner stand that he picked up in Calgary from http://www.calgarysignage.ca/banner-stands/.
In the video, Scott is seen riding on a goose. He jumps down from the goose after exclaiming that he is an independent candidate. Landing on a dragon, he stabs it through the head and yells, “I am here to fight for Canada!” After that, the video gets even more strange. Friendly aliens appear, people fall from the sky, and giant robots come from nowhere. All of this takes place in the video which lasts just over a minute. During the video, lasers shoot from his eyes and he grows a beard instantly. Scott does talk about his political views in the video when he is not busy fighting off the various invaders.
The video is inspired by a former Old Spice commercial. While it is still unknown whether this unusual ad will result in a win for Scott, it is certain that he is not like other candidates. He has stated that he is running as an independent due to the corruption that he has seen in the government and that he wants to change that.
August 16, 2015
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, there has been a recent outbreak of bacteria that causes upset stomachs. This bacteria comes from eating raw oysters, so restaurants in the Vancouver area have been banned by health officials from serving raw oysters. While the bacteria is not fatal, its symptoms can last for up to a week and include diarrhea, vomiting, and sometimes even bloody stool. There have been 31 confirmed cases, and health officials believe that the actual number of cases is much higher because the majority of food-borne illnesses are never officially reported.
The bacteria is called vibrio parahaemolyticus and it is naturally occurring in mollusks. The increased outbreak of it is believed to caused by the warmer weather, because this bacteria thrives in warmer water. While eating the oysters raw is discouraged, cooking the oysters kills the bacteria, so this activity is permitted. If Vancouver residents would like to eat raw oysters, they are encouraged to select oysters that were not harvested locally.
August 11, 2015
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August 7, 2015
VICTORIA — British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has rearranged her cabinet, moving one of her most respected ministers from education to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
Peter Fassbender led the government through a bitter labour dispute involving unionized public school teachers last year before a settlement was reached with the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.
Fassbender has also been given the responsibility for TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s transportation network that has been a political hot button since the Liberal government restructured its governance model eight years ago.
In a plebiscite vote announced July 2, Metro Vancouver voters rejected TransLink’s multibillion-dollar plan to improve the area’s transportation system.
Mike Bernier, who has been a parliamentary secretary for the environment minister, is B.C.’s new education minister.
Coralee Oaks, who had been in charge of the community sport ministry, is now minister of small business and is responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch.
Naomi Yamamoto, who was minister of state for tourism and small business, is now minister of state for emergency preparedness under the Transportation Ministry.
Clark wasn’t available for an interview, but said in a news release that the changes are about making sure British Columbians in every region benefit from the government’s plan to create jobs by growing a strong and diverse economy.
“We have the opportunity now to build on a record of student achievement with long-term labour peace in place, to strengthen our support for small business, which is the backbone of our economy,” Clark said.
August 2, 2015
Haze from wildfires in British Columbia and Alaska, covers most of Greenland, trapping in heat. With an increase in carbon dioxide particles from the influx of soot and smoke, Greenland’s fjords and glaciers have been experiencing premature melting at increased rates. However, premature melting and increased snow melting in these lower arctic regions is not Greenland’s only problem.
With the increase of carbon levels due to the Canadian and Alaskan Wildfires, the biological content of the glaciers has been compromised. Areas of bare ice are darkened from mineral deposits, ice algae, and high concentrations of black carbon.
Researcher and leader of the Dark Snow Project, Jason Box says that Greenland is not the only area susceptible to the damaging effects of black carbon caused by wildfires. Everything from patches of arctic snow, ice on the Arctic Sea, and the Canadian ice caps are susceptible to these carbon deposits.
As with any form of global warming, these low lying levels of smoke insulate the atmosphere making the temperature of the arctic regions hotter causing the ice to melt. Once arctic ice melts, the Earth is able to absorb more sunlight, which melts more ice, which in turn, raises temperatures around the world. Box and his team will continue to study the long term effects of the Canadian and Alaskan Wildfires along with other contributing factors of arctic ice melting.
The culprit some thing was a tourist who had originally got a limousine hire and drove all the way to british columbia from winnipeg, manitoba.
July 29, 2015
Residents in B.C.’s Okanagan region forced to flee from their homes due to encroaching wildfires have been given the all-clear to return, though must be prepared to move out quickly if necessary.
Evacuation orders for both West Kelowna and Bolean Lake Lodge near Falkland were downgraded to evacuation alerts Friday, though firefighters will continue to work on containing the blazes.
B.C. wildfires: full coverage
At Westside Road in West Kelowna, the fire that drove residents from 70 homes Monday night, is now 25 per cent contained.
“The area remains on alert and those residents should remain on short notice in case we have to upgrade to an order again,” Bruce Smith, with the Central Okanagan Regional District, told CBC News.
“But we are hoping that is not the case given the progress BC Wildfire service has made on the fire.”
Westside Road will remain closed between Cinnabar Cree and the La Casa Resort, although residents will be allowed to enter the area.
Officials are asking other members of the public to stay away as fire crews are still working in the area.
Residents have been told to be prepared to leave again on short notice if there is a change in fire activity.
BC Hydro said they will restore power via generators, but that around 100 affected customers in the fire zone will remain without power until repairs can be made to damaged equipment.
‘An exceptional job’
At Bolean Lake, the fire is now 50 per cent contained, officials confirmed.
The owners of the Bolean lake Lodge ar now able to return to their property, but remain on an evacuation alert, along with 24 properties on Chase-Falkland Road.
“The Wildfire Management Branch has done an exceptional job on the fire,” Ryan Nitchie from the local regional district of Bolean Lake told CBC News.
“Crews have been working really hard protecting structures, particularly on the south flank. And I think it should be somewhat of a relief to residents that they are getting the upper hand.”
July 24, 2015
British Columbia Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan and Transportation Minister Todd Stone have come under fire after allegations that emails have been hidden between the two. According to the New Democratic Party (NDP), despite filing a freedom of information request for emails between the two between January and March, there were no emails released. The British Columbia Ferries CEO claimed that all of his contact with the Minister was either by phone or in person.
Recently, though, an email from February has emerged. In this email, CEO Corrigan tells Minister Stone that his recent comments regarding British Columbia Ferries were not helpful and encouraged the minister to consider his words more carefully in the future. Doug Routley, a representative for the NDP, is upset over these hidden emails, saying that this shows that British Columbia Ferries have gotten around the freedom of information laws. British Columbia transportation has been under fire recently for other hidden emails regarding the part of the road system called the Trail of Tears. These hidden emails only add to the controversy.
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