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Stefan Labbé

Stefan Labbé

Stefan Labbé covers Climate and Environment solutions across British Columbia for Glacier Media. A former digital reporter at the Tri-City News, his work has appeared in the Guardian, the Globe & Mail and PBS Newshour.

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Recent Work by Stefan

Pay close attention to heat death, B.C.'s chief coroner tells staff

Pay close attention to heat death, B.C.'s chief coroner tells staff

Across B.C., 570 deaths have been attributed to the late June heat wave, a three-fold increase from previous years. Now, the chief coroner says she's directing staff to pay closer attention to heat death.
B.C. government, municipalities mobilize in the face of another heat wave

B.C. government, municipalities mobilize in the face of another heat wave

From 24-hour cooling centres to heavy misters, communities in Metro Vancouver are trying to get the upper hand on the incoming heat wave.
Birds jumped out of their nests to escape the June heat wave

Birds jumped out of their nests to escape the June heat wave

From Oregon to British Columbia, avian rehabilitation centres say baby birds plummeted from nests to escape the heat wave. 'They all kind of fell like rocks,' says the head of one rehab centre
B.C.'s premier wants you bang pots and pans again

B.C.'s premier wants you bang pots and pans again

Premier John Horgan urges residents to make noise for a revived 7 p.m. cheer on BC Day for frontline health-care workers and those fighting B.C.'s wildfires.
As heat wave approaches B.C., 911 dispatchers warn of spike in calls, wait times

As heat wave approaches B.C., 911 dispatchers warn of spike in calls, wait times

On the eve of an approaching heat wave, E-Comm 911 warns that gang-related shootings, the ongoing opioid crisis, an early wildfire season and a record-breaking heat wave at the end of June have all led to increasing emergency call volumes.
As heat wave approaches B.C., 911 dispatchers warn of spike in calls, wait times

As heat wave approaches B.C., 911 dispatchers warn of spike in calls, wait times

On the eve of an approaching heat wave, E-Comm 911 warns that gang-related shootings, the ongoing opioid crisis, an early wildfire season and a record-breaking heat wave at the end of June have all led to increasing emergency call volumes.
B.C. government warns of another round of 'extreme heat'

B.C. government warns of another round of 'extreme heat'

Sudden death toll during historic heat wave climbs to 815; Environment Canada warns that another, though less powerful, heat wave will hit southern B.C. this week.
'Heat dome' likely primed B.C. waters for spike in shellfish illnesses: health officials

'Heat dome' likely primed B.C. waters for spike in shellfish illnesses: health officials

As waters warm, scientists worry more coastal regions — from Washington to British Columbia to Alaska — could be in for more outbreaks due to shellfish-borne contagions.
B.C. forests are 'bonfires waiting to go off' — are more fires the solution?

B.C. forests are 'bonfires waiting to go off' — are more fires the solution?

There are billions of tonnes of wood fuel waiting to ignite B.C. forests, a recent white paper shows. As climate change leads to hotter, drier summers, could prescribed fire be the solution? Is it time to let it all burn?
Vancouver deploys water cannons to save trees hit by heat wave

Vancouver deploys water cannons to save trees hit by heat wave

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation staff are using several FireBozz water cannons to wet trees in areas of the city that don't have access to irrigation.