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Work to begin on removal of Halifax construction crane felled by Dorian

September 30, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Work was expected to begin Sunday that would allow the removal of the mangled remains of a construction crane that collapsed in downtown Halifax during post-tropical storm Dorian. The province said in a news release that final inspections

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When more Isn’t merrier

September 27, 2019 Adam Malik, Managing Editor

How can a joyous occasion turn into a nightmare scenario? The perils of public parades

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Did Dorian create a capacity issue for claims adjusters?

September 24, 2019 by Jason Contant

Even though post-tropical storm Dorian knocked out power to about 80% of homes and businesses in Nova Scotia, and left thousands more without power in the other Atlantic provinces, claims adjusters were well-equipped to deal with its aftermath. “In the

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Calgary flood protection project faces opposition

September 24, 2019 Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Alberta’s premier says it’s possible a proposed reservoir to protect Calgary from floods will have to go back to the drawing board if federal regulators say no or court delays persist. Opponents of the dry reservoir at Springback,

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What’s happening with police report on B.C. wildfire that destroyed more than 200 structures

September 18, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The RCMP investigation into the cause of a massive wildfire that destroyed homes and charred nearly 2,000 square kilometres of land in British Columbia has now been passed to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

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SPECS acquired by New York consulting firm

September 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Specialized Property Evaluation Control Services, better known as SPECS, has been acquired by J.S. Held LLC, an American consulting firm, the companies announced Tuesday. SPECS, based in Langley, B.C., does property damage assessments, restoration consulting, construction project administration, risk management,

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Have insured cat losses already reached $1 billion this year?

September 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

The “alarming trend” towards increasingly severe and frequent weather events causing higher insurance payouts continues in 2019, with close to $900 million in insured losses recorded already so far this year. In 2018, insured damage from severe weather across Canada

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Electrical grids need rethink in era of intense storms, experts say

September 11, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – In an era when storms with hurricane-force winds are expected to keep battering Atlantic Canada, experts say the region should make major changes to electrical grids, shoreline defences and even the types of trees being planted. Work continues

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Post-Dorian claims adjustment: has the industry resolved its capacity issues?

September 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than 100,000 Atlantic Canada homes and businesses were still without power three days after Dorian hit Nova Scotia, but the latest hurricane to hit Canada’s east coast should be easier for the industry to handle than the May 4

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The impact of Dorian on Canada’s P&C industry

September 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Hurricane Dorian is definitely a catastrophe-level event for Canadian insurers, probably with huge business interruption losses and possibly bigger than 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, industry experts said Monday. “Business interruption is going to be huge on the commercial book of business,”

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How this city uses technology to detect wildfire

September 3, 2019 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Thermo-sensing cameras were installed in Alaska to help the fire department locate, analyze and monitor wildfires, officials said. The security-like thermography camera is meant to help the Anchorage Fire Department respond to fires faster by providing a

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We will rise from those ashes:’ Ranch still rebuilding two years after

August 30, 2019 Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Melody Garner-Skiba and her family have had some tough conversations since a wildfire raged into Waterton Lakes National Park in southeastern Alberta two years ago, spread into nearby grassland and destroyed their horse-breeding ranch. “It’s definitely taken a