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Policy revamp might save lives in next heat dome, experts say

June 27, 2022 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA -She died in the arms of firefighters. The 96-year-old woman now lingers in the memory of Chief Jim Ogloff of the Coquitlam Fire Department, a reminder of the impact of last summer’s heat dome disaster on vulnerable residents of

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B.C. report calls for co-ordinated heat alert system to prevent future deaths

June 8, 2022 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia is better prepared to withstand a hot weather emergency like that which caused more than 600 deaths last summer, but more must be done to protect people and communities, says the chief medical officer at the

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Alert Ready system expands to floods, fires in B.C., not heat domes

May 4, 2022 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – An automated alert system will be ready to warn British Columbians of spring flooding and summer wildfires but not yet for extreme heat, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said Tuesday. Farnworth told a news conference the Alert Ready

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B.C. farmers ‘white knuckling’ their way through extreme cold after floods, heat dome

January 4, 2022 Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Richard Bosma’s cows had been home for less than a week after an evacuation due to flooding in Abbotsford, B.C., before temperatures plummeted on his farm. Bosma, who credits his faith with helping him remain resilient in a

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Heat dome, flooding, drought: A list of Canada’s Top 10 weather events in 2021

December 29, 2021 The Canadian Press

Dave Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, has been compiling a Top 10 list of Canada’s weather events for more than two decades. Here are his picks for 2021:   Heat dome in Western Canada: At the end of June,

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Total number of deaths from B.C.’s summer heat dome nudges nearly 600: coroner

November 1, 2021 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The BC Coroners Service has released updated numbers showing 595 people died in the province during extreme heat events over the summer. That’s an increase from the 569 deaths confirmed by the coroners service at the end of

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Doctors, lawyers want B.C. to track injuries after record heat wave

August 3, 2021 Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Two groups focused on environmental issues are calling on the British Columbia government to come up with a plan to track “heat dome injuries” following record-setting temperatures that are also linked with 570 deaths in the province over