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Rebuilding after disasters should stress safer, better, Goodale says

May 11, 2017 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – As the devastating floodwaters recede in Ontario and Quebec, the key to preventing a similar disaster in future is to avoid making the mistakes that led to problems in the first place, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

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Canada lacks ‘commercially widely available wildfire models,’ Aviva Canada reinsurance VP warns

May 2, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Insurers have no “meaningful way of modelling wildfire” losses, a senior executive for Swiss Re Ltd. recently suggested to industry professionals. “If you look at it globally speaking, usually about half of the total insured losses globally are unmodelled perils,”

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California says oceans expected to rise higher than thought

April 28, 2017 The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – California says new climate change findings mean the ocean off the state’s coast is expected to rise higher than previously thought. The state’s Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday revised projections it provides to agencies to help them

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Warm summer means increased risk of forest fires, meteorologists say

April 17, 2017 The Canadian Press

Nearly a year after the massive wildfire that devastated Fort McMurray, Alta., a climate scientist says there may be more forest fires in Canada this summer. “If the forecast’s right that it’s a warmer than normal summer, we’ll probably have

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Ontario launches global climate change challenge

April 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of Ontario has launched a global climate change challenge, urging local and international companies to develop the “next generation of transformative clean technologies” to help combat the phenomenon. The provincial Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science said in

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Government infrastructure, climate change programs ‘have to merge:’ Chiarelli

April 6, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Municipalities looking for infrastructure funding from upper levels of government should make sure they have 10-year “asset management” plans, while upper levels of government need to keep in mind greenhouse gas emissions when drawing up their infrastructure plans, Ontario’s infrastructure

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Climate adaptation investment has ‘long-lasting and substantial impact:’ Intact VP

April 5, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Building infrastructure to reduce weather-related losses can benefit society for generations, but the problem of climate change is “so global and complex” that there will always be more work required, insurance company executives suggested Wednesday at a conference in Toronto.

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Measuring Extremes

April 1, 2017 Caterina Lindman, Chair, Climate Index Working Group; and Doug Collins Chair, Climate Change Committee

An updated North American climate index shows an increase in the occurrence of extreme weather events in Canada. A number of Canadian regions are among those with the highest index values, indicating the largest deviations in extreme weather events and sea levels from historical values. How can this information help inform the risk management strategies of Canadian insurers and others?

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Openness to making homes, businesses resilient to severe weather encouraging: OMIA’s John Taylor

March 31, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

There are encouraging signs from government, municipalities and builders that resiliency needs to become part of building code conversations given that severe weather shows no signs of abating, suggested John Taylor, president and CEO of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association

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Risk management overhaul necessary for cities to become more resilient to catastrophic events: report

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials for cities, investors and insurers will increasingly need to “build resilience within and between infrastructure systems as a complementary approach to address infrastructure risk and uncertainty,” argues a new report from Lloyd’s and Arup. “While risk management remains a

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Landmark federal investments for disaster-proofing communities, enhancing resilience: IBC

March 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has voiced the property and casualty industry’s strong support for the federal government’s move to beef up investments aimed at enhancing resilience by better disaster-proofing communities. As part of the 2017 Federal Budget tabled Wednesday,

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IBC congratulates federal government on National Research Council decision to update Canada’s building codes

February 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is congratulating the federal government on the National Research Council Canada (NRC) decision to update the country’s building codes to reflect the realities of climate change. “This is something that Canada’s property and casualty