– Canada’s environment minister says that extreme weather is expected to act as a wake-up call for folks across the country resisting action to tackle climate change.

In British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba runaway wildfires are raging that have forced residents away from their homes.

In B.C. province, authorities declared a state of emergency Wednesday to prepare for possible mass evacuations because nearly 300 fires were burning in the province and threatening communities.

Two people died in Lytton village earlier this month after extensive tracts of the community were destroyed in fires.

Farmers in the prairie region are also suffering serious drought while in western Canada, weather warnings are in effect because of a billowing, thick cloud of smoke.

Wilkinson was in Calgary to announce a damage-limitation plan in response to 2013 floods across southern Alberta which caused five deaths and billions in damage.

He said all of the data now shows that ‘extreme weather will not change in the future.’

Wilkinson, who was brought up in Saskatchewan and is now the MP for North Vancouver, said he understands why people continue to oppose measures to combat climate change.

Climate of Vancouver

The city of Vancouver, located in British Columbia, Canada, has a moderate oceanic climate that borders on a warm-summer Mediterranean climate . Its summer months are typically dry, (wikipedia)


Wildfire

A wildfire, bushfire, wild land fire or rural fire is an unplanned, unwanted, uncontrolled fire in an area of combustible vegetation starting in rural areas and urban areas. (wikipedia)


North Vancouver (district municipality)

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The District of North Vancouver is a district municipality in British Columbia, Canada, and is part of Metro Vancouver. It surrounds the City of North Vancouver on three sides. As of 2016, (wikipedia)


2021 Western North America heat wave

An extreme heat wave affected much of Western North America in late June and early July 2021. The heat affected Northern California, Idaho, Western Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in the United States, (wikipedia)


Vancouver

Vancouver van-KOO-vər) is a major city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631, (wikipedia)


Minister of Environment and Climate Change

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change is the minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is responsible for overseeing Environment and Climate Change Canada, (wikipedia)