Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--B-C Update-

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(BC-Whale-Rescue)

A sick orca that has sparked an international rescue effort could play a vital role in her species' recovery, if she survives.

Michael Milstein (mill-steen) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States says the four-year-old Southern resident killer whale known as J-50 looks emaciated, lethargic, and may have only days left to live.

As a young female, he says she's among the few with reproductive potential and both Canadian and American scientists are working to find ways to save her.

J-50 is one of only 75 Southern resident killer whales remaining and is part of the same pod as J-35, the orca that has been seen pushing the body of her newborn calf, which died July 24th, through the water as recently as Wednesday. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Wildfires)

Ongoing lightning is being blamed for sparking 75 new wildfires in the southeastern corner of the province in only 48 hours.

Among the new fires is a 10-square-kilometre fire at Sage Creek, which is six kilometres from the Alberta border and 65 kilometres southeast of Fernie -- although the cause of that fire is under investigation.

The B-C Wildfire Service says there are more than 100 fires burning in the area.

A total of 245 fires have scorched 30 square kilometres in the southeast since April 1st. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Microsoft-Nanaimo)

A Nanaimo-based tech company says it has raised 6-point-2-million-dollars in a funding round, thanks to a huge investment from Microsoft.

Chris Davis, who is the founder and C-E-O of the company called Hyas, says he left his job to start the cybersecurity company in his basement five years ago.

The venture-backed startup specializes in what's known as attribution intelligence, which means helping other cybersecurity professionals identify and understand attacks on their networks. …

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