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Inverness beach with sand dunes in Cape Breton, N.S.
News EnvironmentalNova Scotia

New N.S. coastal protection plan shifts responsibility to homeowners, municipalities

February 27, 2024 by Keith Doucette – The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s new plan to protect the province’s 13,000 kilometres of coastline is an abdication of the government’s responsibility, the opposition and environmental activists said Monday. The strong criticism came swiftly after Environment Minister Tim Halman announced the

Snow fall covering a car in Nova Scotia
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As planet warms, ferocious snowfalls like the one that hit Nova Scotia could increase

February 26, 2024 by Hina Alam, The Canadian Press

ATLANTIC CANADA – Forecasters say a warming global climate could actually cause some parts of Canada to see colder conditions, including heavy snowfalls like the one that hit parts of the Maritimes this week. There’s a direct relationship between the

A fourplex destroyed by a wildfire at Sturgeon Lake Cree First Nation.
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Warm and dry weather prompts Alberta to declare an early start to wildfire season

February 21, 2024 by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has declared an early start to the 2024 wildfire season in the face of low snowpacks and forecasts of dry weather to come. Alberta Forestry and Parks Minister Todd Loewen said Tuesday the season is

Fraser River in British Columbia
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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

Busy restaurant that needs to be insured properly
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What brokers need to discuss with hospitality clients

February 16, 2024 by Philip Porado

Hospitality providers are gradually emerging from a pandemic-era slump that nearly scuppered the industry in 2020 and 2021. The new normal, though, means restaurateurs, venue owners and other businesses likely need to review their insurance coverages and consider some very specific

Snowplow clearing the streets
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Blizzard-like conditions expected in Newfoundland

February 15, 2024 by 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

Flooded homes following torrential rainfall
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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 Rates.ca’s home insurance quoter. The rate comparison website found 36% of all home insurance quotes on the tool

Ice fishing huts in Quebec
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Warm weather forces city in Quebec to cancel ice-fishing villages for first time

February 13, 2024 by The Canadian Press

SAGUENAY, QUE. – There will be no colourful ice-fishing huts dotting the frozen water near Saguenay, Que., this year after mild winter weather forced authorities to cancel the popular tradition for the first time. The municipality about 200 kilometres north

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

February 12, 2024 by 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 by 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

Emergency warning alert on a smartphone
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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

Wildfire in Halifax
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Should the industry incentivize wildfire mitigation?

February 8, 2024 by Alyssa DiSabatino

For the insurance industry, Canada’s record-breaking wildfire season should raise the question: Can we blame people for where they live?  Amid mounting wildfire risk, consumers need incentives from their insurers to apply retrofits that can protect their house from fire