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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 by 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

Grouse Mountain in Vancouver
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B.C. ski resorts shut as warm, wet weather strips mountains of snow

February 2, 2024 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – All three of Metro Vancouver’s local ski hills are closed for a second day at what should be the peak of the season, as a spate of warm, wet weather strips mountains bare. Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour

Burnt out trucks from a wildfire in Drayton Valley, Alta. in May 2023
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Alberta fire chiefs want provincial wildfire plan released before season begins

February 1, 2024 by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Alberta’s fire chiefs are “urgently” asking the provincial government to explain how it’s getting ready for the upcoming wildfire season and to release its preparedness strategy.  “There is a growing concern among fire chiefs across the province of

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Are your clients concerned about electric vehicle insurance costs?

January 31, 2024 by Jason Contant

Consumer interest in electric vehicles (EVs) in Ontario appears to be waning as drivers raise concerns over costs and charging infrastructure, said a new survey from While 43% of polled Ontario drivers said they were considering making an EV

Squamish River in British Columbia
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Flood, avalanche risks remain elevated throughout B.C.’s South Coast

January 30, 2024 by The Canadian Press

The flood and avalanche risks remain elevated throughout British Columbia’s South Coast, where atmospheric rivers continue to bring heavy rains along with unseasonably warm temperatures. B.C.’s River Forecast Centre is maintaining a flood warning for the Squamish River, saying flows

School bus during a snow day
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Snowstorm forces cancellations in Nova Scotia and eastern Newfoundland

January 29, 2024 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Most schools across Nova Scotia are closed today after an overnight snowstorm moved into the province and headed to eastern Newfoundland. Snowfall warnings are in effect for Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast from Yarmouth in the south to Sydney

Heavy rainfall
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‘Atmospheric river’ could bring 300 millimetres of rain to parts of southern B.C.

January 26, 2024 by The Canadian Press

Officials in B.C. are warning of heavy rainstorms for the South Coast region starting on Saturday.  Environment and Climate Change Canada says West Vancouver Island and the Coast Mountains could receive up to 300 millimetres of rain over five days,

Aerial view of homes flooded by rainfall
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Why personal property results should concern insurers

January 26, 2024 by Jason Contant

Even though overall financial results for the Canadian P&C insurance industry were only slightly worse in 2023 compared to the previous year, personal property lines should raise concerns for underwriters, according to a new report from the Property and Casualty

Buildings are seen in floodwater following a major rain event in Halifax on Saturday, July 22, 2023. A long procession of intense thunderstorms have dumped record amounts of rain across a wide swath of Nova Scotia, causing flash flooding, road washouts and power outages
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Months after request, Nova Scotia silent on possible buyout of flooded Halifax homes

January 24, 2024 by Keith Doucette – The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Frustration is building with a lack of a commitment from the Nova Scotia government to buy and demolish some of the Halifax area homes ravaged by massive flooding last July. Halifax Regional Council sent a letter on Oct.

Red pumpjack in Alberta
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Alberta releases liability estimate for well cleanup

January 23, 2024 by Bob Weber - The Canadian Press

Alberta’s oil and gas producers spent nearly $700 million in 2022 on cleaning up the hundreds of thousands of old wells that dot the province, the regulator’s first report on the extent of those liabilities indicates.  That’s 65 per cent

Burst pipe during freezing weather
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Brokerage sees nearly 200% increase in cold weather claims

January 18, 2024 by Jason Contant

With temperatures plummeting across Canada recently, one insurance brokerage has seen a 191% increase in cold weather-related claims in the early days of 2024 compared to 2023. “Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen almost three times as many

The McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna, BC.
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More than 100 wildfires still burning after B.C.’s record wildfire season

January 17, 2024 by Ashley Joannou - The Canadian Press

More than 100 wildfires are still listed as burning in British Columbia thanks to a combination of a busy wildfire season, extreme drought and generally warmer and drier conditions through December. Forrest Tower of the BC Wildfire Service said that