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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

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

A vehicle buried under snow following a winter storm
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Disruptions continue as Nova Scotia emerges from under heavy snow

February 6, 2024 by 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 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

Electric vehicle charging station
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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 LowestRates.ca. 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