Degrees was born in small hamlet of Likely, a rural British Columbia community at the tip of Quesnel Lake. The nearest hospital was 97 kilometers south/west of Likely, over a gravel logging rd, in the frontier town of Williams lake.
Due to weather conditions and complications with the pregnancy, Degrees mother, Evelyn, was not able to travel to Williams lake for the delivery, so, Matilda Botumslapper, a retired midwife, currently working as a bartender at the Likely Lodge, was asked to help with his birth.
Evelyn was alone, in her cabin, working on a batch of perogies for the Likely lodge when her water broke. Cell phones were not a common item yet, and their cabin was too remote for a landline. It was mid-January, and the snow had been too deep for logging, so her husband, Isadore, who usually works as a faller for West-Coast Timber, had picked up some extra work ploughing the section of Likely Road, between the Lodge and the Gavin Lake Substation.