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$107-million Saskatchewan oil leak results in guilty plea

June 12, 2019 by Colette Derworiz - THE CANADIAN PRESS

LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. – Husky Energy has pleaded guilty in a pipeline leak that sent oil spilling into a major river and fouled the source of drinking water for thousands of people. The spill into the North Saskatchewan River in July

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Cause of large B.C. hotel fire still under investigation

June 11, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – Councillors in Victoria are being asked to authorize demolition of what remains of the Plaza Hotel after a fire that burned for four days in the city’s downtown last month. The three-storey, 108-year-old vacant structure had been designated

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How AI can help shape a more effective disaster response

June 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

Artificial intelligence (AI) should be used not only to predict what will happen, but to shape and influence that outcome, the president of IBM Canada said Wednesday. “Predicting it is good, but the value that you get as an enterprise

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This restoration contracting acquisition should close by summer

May 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

FirstOnSite and Paul Davis will have the same corporate owner if a deal announced Thursday goes through but will operate separately from one another. FirstOnSite Restoration Limited announced May 23 that its corporate parent, Global Restoration Holdings LLC, agreed to

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How province is responding to growing Alberta wildfire threat

May 17, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON –  The Alberta government has imposed a fire ban and restrictions on off-highway vehicle use in the northern half of the province. The government says the decision was made due to the growing threat of wildfires. The areas affected

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How this property restoration firm got in and out of trouble

May 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A restoration contractor whose employee drove a company vehicle with a suspended licence is getting its truck back from police impoundment. A man identified as “C.S.” was pulled over in Barrie late Friday evening March 15 while driving a  2017

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The challenges of assessing seasonal home damage

May 13, 2019 by Adam Malik

Despite being told flooding in Ontario’s Cottage Country back in 2013 was one-in-100-years event, area businesses and residents are cleaning up from a second and more widespread flooding incident in less than a decade. Climate is playing a key role

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What’s closed in Victoria after commercial fire

May 9, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA, B.C. – Days after flames tore through a vacant hotel in Victoria, one man is still missing and smoke lingers, forcing the closure of city hall and several other businesses. The fire in the former Victoria Plaza Hotel has

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How kitty litter can impact insured property losses

May 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

While spring rains and thawing have caused overland flooding of Biblical proportions, drain backups are also the bane of some insurers’ existence. In multi-storey commercial and residential buildings, drain backups are the number one cause of damage, said Adam Bartman,

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At least 150 firefighters respond to Toronto school blaze

May 7, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A large fire at a Toronto high school caused part of the building’s roof to collapse, forced area residents from their homes and sent large plumes of smoke over the neighbourhood, authorities said Tuesday as crews worked to

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Health and safety inspection teams head to flood affected zones in New Brunswick

May 3, 2019 by Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Health and safety inspection teams are fanning out across flood-affected regions of New Brunswick, assessing homes and businesses that are still drying out amid receding floodwaters. New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization says the teams will inspect electrical systems

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Health Canada warns mould is a serious concern in flood hit homes

May 2, 2019 by Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Health Canada is warning of the dangers of mould in homes and cottages hit by this year’s spring flooding. Federal biologist Francis Lavoie says it’s important to dry wet walls and belongings within 48 hours, but that’s not always possible