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‘Deadpool 2’ Accident a Rarity in Industry That Takes Precautions: Stunt Pros

‘Deadpool 2’ Accident a Rarity in Industry That Takes Precautions: Stunt Pros

By Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press

Deadpool Accident
A police officer examines a motorcycle after a female stunt driver working on the movie “Deadpool 2” died after a crash on set, in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday August 14, 2017. Monday’s deadly crash on the set of “Deadpool 2” is a rarity in an industry that takes extreme precautions to ensure safety but acknowledges there is always an element of risk involved, say stunt professionals. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

TORONTO – Monday’s deadly crash on the set of “Deadpool 2” in Vancouver was a rarity in an industry that takes extreme precautions to ensure safety, say stunt professionals, who nevertheless accept there is always an element of risk involved.

“Most of us know each other and everybody was shocked, because this stuff just doesn’t really happen, in Canada, anyway,” says Neven Pajkic, a 39-year-old Toronto-based stunt performer whose credits include Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film “The Shape of Water” and the TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

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B.C. Considers Closing Wide Swath of Backcountry Because of Wildfire Risk

B.C. Considers Closing Wide Swath of Backcountry Because of Wildfire Risk

By The Canadian Press

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Smoke from wildfires burning in central British Columbia hangs in the air as a seaplane prepares to land on the harbour near the bulk carrier Nanakura, in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday August 10, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – A mix of dry conditions and forecast lightning has officials in British Columbia considering closing access to a vast section of its backcountry to mitigate the wildfire risk.

Restrictions on access to all Crown land in the Cariboo fire centre would go into effect at noon on Friday as the province continues to battle what Premier John Horgan has said is the worst fire season since the 1950s. A final decision was scheduled to be made Friday morning.

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Hot, Dry Conditions See 28 New Wildfire Starts in Less Than Two Days in B.C.

Hot, Dry Conditions See 28 New Wildfire Starts in Less Than Two Days in B.C.

By The Canadian Press

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Smoke from wildfires fills the air and burned trees are seen in this aerial view from a Canadian Forces Chinook helicopter near Williams Lake, B.C., on Monday, July 31, 2017. A combination of lightning and tinder-dry conditions has led to more than two dozen new wildfires starting in British Columbia over a two-day period. Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said the majority of the 17 fires that started Monday were the result of lightning. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A combination of lightning and tinder-dry conditions has led to more than two dozen new wildfires starting in British Columbia over a two-day period.

Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said the majority of the 17 fires that started Monday were the result of lightning.

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Legal Pot May Breathe Life into Small Canadian Towns Hit by Resource Losses

Legal Pot May Breathe Life into Small Canadian Towns Hit by Resource Losses

By The Canadian Press

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Production staff harvest marijuana plants inside the flowering room at Harvest One Cannabis Inc. in Duncan, B.C., on Friday, August 4, 2017. Harvest One Cannabis Inc.’s grow facility is located on land owned by the Cowichan Tribes. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

DUNCAN, B.C. – In a tree-nestled First Nation community on Vancouver Island, forestry and farming used to be the major industries that kept the economy humming and put food on families’ tables.

But members of the Cowichan Tribes, like people from so many small and rural towns in Canada, have seen jobs driven elsewhere through dramatic changes to those sectors.

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Trudeau Takes Unscheduled Ocean Dip While Touring National Park in Kayak

Trudeau Takes Unscheduled Ocean Dip While Touring National Park in Kayak

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

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A Parks Canada staff member, back, reacts after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fell into the water while trying to get into a kayak at Sidney Spit in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, east of Sidney, B.C., on Saturday August 5, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

SIDNEY, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took an unscheduled dip on Saturday when he fell into the water trying to get into a kayak.

He kept his head above water, but much of the rest of his body was briefly submerged and his left leg was pointed straight upwards while he grabbed hold of the kayak. The spill happened at the shoreline where the water was shallow.

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Stolen Hoses, Pump Frustrate Crews Fighting Wildfires Across B.C.

Stolen Hoses, Pump Frustrate Crews Fighting Wildfires Across B.C.

By The Canadian Press

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A helicopter lands while battling a wildfire burning on the top of a mountain near Ashcroft, B.C., on Monday, July 10, 2017. Crews battling aggressive wildfires across British Columbia have been faced with hot weather and difficult conditions, but officials say the theft and damage of equipment is the most frustrating challenge yet. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

VICTORIA – Crews battling aggressive wildfires across British Columbia have been faced with hot weather and difficult conditions, but officials say the theft and damage of equipment is the most frustrating challenge yet.

RCMP spokeswoman Dawn Roberts said the force is investigating a number of thefts and acts of mischief related to fire suppression, including incidents targeting local fire stations and trucks used in fighting the wildfires.

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B.C. Wildfire Season Worst in Six Decades, Still Far from Over: Official

B.C. Wildfire Season Worst in Six Decades, Still Far from Over: Official

By Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press

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A wildfire is seen from a Canadian Forces Chinook helicopter as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau views areas affected by wildfire near Williams Lake, B.C., on Monday July 31, 2017. British Columbia is experiencing its most destructive wildfire season in 60 years.Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service says 4,910 square kilometres of forest, brush and grassland have been torched, making this year the second worst in recorded history in terms of land lost. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

VANCOUVER – This year’s wildfire season has become British Columbia’s worst in six decades, and a provincial spokesman says the action is far from over.

Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said Thursday that 4,910 square kilometres of forest, bush and grassland have been torched, making 2017 the second worst year in recorded history in terms of land destroyed.

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Prime Minister Trudeau Thanks Crews for Efforts Fighting B.C. Fires

Prime Minister Trudeau Thanks Crews for Efforts Fighting B.C. Fires

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his daughter Ella-Grace meet firefighters, members of the Canadian Forces and RCMP officers in Williams Lake, B.C., on Monday July 31, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a helicopter tour of British Columbia’s charred landscape Monday left him awed by the destructive force of wildfires burning across the province and impressed by the extraordinary determination of firefighters battling the flames.

Trudeau said he saw ranches in the Cariboo region surrounded by scorched earth and evidence of flames stopping just short of a runway.

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Banff’s Sunshine Village Closes Again as Fire on Alberta-B.C. Boundary Rages

Banff’s Sunshine Village Closes Again as Fire on Alberta-B.C. Boundary Rages

By The Canadian Press

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A helicopter is used to battle a wildfire burning on the top of a mountain near Ashcroft, B.C., on Monday, July 10, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

BANFF, Alta. – A wildfire burning on the Alberta-B.C. boundary has caused a resort in Banff National Park to close indefinitely.

Sunshine Village, a popular ski hill that has summer hiking trails, says it’s moving lodge guests and staff to the town of Banff.

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Wildfire Forces Evacuations, Threatens Structures Near Kamloops, B.C.

Wildfire Forces Evacuations, Threatens Structures Near Kamloops, B.C.

By The Canadian Press

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A helicopter is used to battle a wildfire burning on the top of a mountain near Ashcroft, B.C., on Monday, July 10, 2017. For the first time in days, a new evacuation order has been issued for homes near one of the scores of wildfires raging in British Columbia. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A rapidly-moving wildfire has forced people to flee dozens of properties east of Kamloops, B.C.

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation order for 39 properties in Monte Lake Wednesday night, saying a fire burning in the area posed an “imminent threat” to people and property.

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