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How insurers can help manage flood risk in Indigenous communities

February 20, 2024 by Jason Contant

Insurers need to play a greater role in helping to manage high-risk flood areas in Indigenous communities, a tribal chief said during the CatIQ Connect conference earlier this month. “At some point, you as insurers are going to have to

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Inadequate security led to breach that compromised Canadians’ info: watchdog

February 16, 2024 Jim Bronskill – The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Government departments lacked adequate protections to fend off a “sophisticated and co-ordinated” cyberattack that compromised the sensitive information of tens of thousands of Canadians, the federal privacy watchdog has found. In a report tabled Thursday, privacy commissioner Philippe

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Blizzard-like conditions expected in Newfoundland

February 15, 2024 The Canadian Press

Schools in Newfoundland’s capital are closed today, due to the threat of inclement winter weather. The head office for NLSchools in St. John’s will be open, but officials say not until 11:00 a.m. local time. This week’s hazardous winter conditions

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Toronto cyberattacks show public bodies need to boost security, experts say

February 14, 2024 Maan Alhmidi – The Canadian Press

As the Toronto Public Library gradually works to restore full service following a crippling October cyberattack, experts are warning that public organizations need to find ways to bolster their ransomware defences, despite having limited resources. A few months after the

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Are your clients adding water endorsements to home policies?

February 14, 2024 by Jason Contant

An increasing number of your clients are expressing interest in water endorsements on home insurance policies, according to data from rate aggregator’s home insurance quoter. The rate comparison website found 36% of all home insurance quotes on the tool

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Regulator calls out Trans Mountain for ‘environmental non-compliance’ in B.C.

February 12, 2024 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – The company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has been cited for environmental non-compliance related to its management of recent flooding in B.C. The Canada Energy Regulator said Thursday its inspection officers found issues near Abbotsford, B.C., where

Burnt out trucks from a wildfire in Drayton Valley, Alta. in May 2023
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Alberta to add firefighters for expected busy wildfire season: minister

February 9, 2024 Bob Weber – The Canadian Press

Alberta will field more firefighters, more volunteers and more high-tech gear as it braces for what it expects will be another busy wildfire season, the province’s forestry minister said Thursday. And as the province faces a summer of possibly severe

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When the national earthquake early warning system goes live

February 8, 2024 by Jason Contant

Canada’s national earthquake early warning system is expected to go live in British Columbia in April followed by Ontario and Quebec this fall, a program manager for the federal government told delegates at CatIQ Connect Wednesday. The system works by

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Feds devote $28M to beef up fight against stolen car exports

February 8, 2024 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The federal government is earmarking $28 million in new money to help fight the export of stolen vehicles. The Liberal government said Wednesday the money will give the Canada Border Services Agency more capacity to detect and search

3D rendering of Hurricane Fiona over Nova Scotia
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Do we need a Category 6 for hurricanes?

February 6, 2024 by Jason Contant

Two climate scientists are questioning whether the open-endedness of Category 5 hurricanes is sufficient to communicate the risk of hurricane property damage in a warming climate. Michael Wehner of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and James Kossin of First

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Disruptions continue as Nova Scotia emerges from under heavy snow

February 6, 2024 The Canadian Press

Cleanup in Nova Scotia could take days after more than a metre of snow piled up in some parts of the province over the weekend. Federal Emergency Preparedness Minister Harjit Sajjan says Parks Canada will be sending snow removal equipment

Much of Nova Scotia paralyzed following snowstorm
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Emergency declared in Cape Breton as snowstorm leaves much of Nova Scotia paralyzed

February 5, 2024 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – A local state of emergency remains in effect in parts of Cape Breton as Nova Scotia digs out from one of the heaviest snowfalls in 20 years. On Sunday afternoon, as a stalled low-pressure system continued to dump