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Centre of storm Larry could travel across Avalon Peninsula

September 8, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Large Atlantic Ocean waves will soon affect Canada’s east coast as Hurricane Larry continues to move north. UPDATE – Hurricane Larry makes landfall in eastern Newfoundland “Significant swells will begin to reach the east coast of the United States and

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New tropical storm warning for Atlantic Canada

September 7, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Large waves could hit Canada’s Atlantic coast this Thursday as Hurricane Larry moves north, Environment Canada warns. UPDATE – What we know so far about Canadian Hurricane Larry claims On Tuesday morning, the Category 3 hurricane was causing winds of

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3 things that can reduce risk of property cat loss recurrence: Aviva Canada CEO

August 24, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Fire resistant cement board siding, hail-resilient asphalt shingles and backwater valves are among the measures property owners can implement now to protect their assets from climate-related disasters, Aviva Canada CEO Jason Storah suggested Tuesday. “We have enough scientific data to

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Crews fighting wildfires in B.C. aided by cooler and unseasonably low temperatures

August 24, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The BC Wildfire Service says cooler and below seasonal average temperatures have helped crews fight the blazes. Fire information officer Taylor Colman says crews are seeing between three and five fires start each day compared with about 40

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Regarding Henri: How this tropical storm could impact Atlantic Canada

August 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Rip tides and waves of up to four metres could affect the Nova Scotia coast once the remnants of Hurricane Henri reach Atlantic Canada Monday. “No significant wind is expected over Maritimes land areas at this time,” Environment Canada said

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Lawsuit claims CN, CP railways at fault for sparking fire that wiped out B.C. town

August 19, 2021 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A proposed class-action lawsuit alleges Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways caused or contributed to the wildfire that destroyed the Village of Lytton, B.C. The B.C. Supreme Court statement of claim filed Wednesday alleges the fire was set

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How much the Barrie tornado cost insurers

August 18, 2021 by Jason Contant

Six tornadoes that hit Barrie and other communities in Ontario last month caused $75 million in insured damage, according to initial estimates from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). The EF-2 strength tornadoes impacted the communities of Barrie, Innisfil, Kawartha

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Maritime farmers ship hay to drought-stricken Prairies

August 18, 2021 by Amanda Stephenson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Farmers in the Maritimes are pitching in to help their drought-stricken Prairie counterparts facing a “devastating” situation. On his farm in the Annapolis valley north of Halifax on Tuesday, Tim Marsh was busy baling hay that will ship

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Hundreds of properties evacuated as wind prompts growth in B.C. wildfires

August 16, 2021 by Hina Alam - THE CANADIAN PRESS

High winds intensified numerous wildfires burning in British Columbia, forcing more evacuation orders for residents in hundreds of homes late Sunday, says the BC Wildfire Service. Some of the largest and most dangerous fires are burning in the southern Interior

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How Aviva Canada fared in the first half of 2021 

August 12, 2021 by Jason Contant

A lack of catastrophic events in the first half of 2021 and decreased personal auto and commercial claims related to COVID-19 contributed to a 6.7% improvement in Aviva Canada’s combined operating ratio (COR) in the first half of 2021 compared

Helicopters fly past the Tremont Creek wildfire as it burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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How this year’s B.C. wildfire season compares to previous years

August 10, 2021 by Jason Contant

It looks like this year’s wildfire season in British Columbia could be one for the record books. Between Apr. 1 and Aug. 9 of this year, the province saw 1,456 wildfires and nearly 650,000 hectares of area burned. This compares

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New report sounds the ‘death knell for coal and fossil fuels’

August 9, 2021 by Christopher Reynolds - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The secretary-general of the United Nations says a new report “must sound the death knell for coal and fossil fuels,” raising renewed questions about Canada’s climate plan and the long-term viability of its traditional energy sector. The UN