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Smoke from a wildfire near a Penticton, B.C. suburb
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Hot, dry August to bring more wildfires to B.C., forecast says

August 4, 2022 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – A hot, dry weather forecast for August and into September is expected to result in increased wildfire activity in British Columbia, especially in the southern regions.   Neal McLoughlin, the superintendent of predictive services at the BC Wildfire Service,

Forest fire burning in Penticton, B.C.
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Wildfire burning near ski resort forces evacuation of hundreds

August 3, 2022 by Jason Contant

A growing wildfire in British Columbia’s Okanagan area has forced the evacuation of more than 300 properties in the ski resort community. These properties, including the Apex Mountain Ski Resort in Penticton, were ordered evacuated as the fire showed “aggressive

Large hailstones on grass
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Hail as big as tennis balls, softballs and eggs fell in Alberta: Environment Canada

August 3, 2022 by The Canadian Press

Environment and Climate Change Canada says hail ranging from the size of a pea to a softball fell in central Alberta on Monday. Sara Hoffman, who is a meteorologist with the agency, says although the storm that passed through the

Burned out buildings in Lytton, B.C.
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2021 Cat frequency ties 2008 for second place

August 3, 2022 by Glenn McGillivray

Severe weather cost Canadian insurers $2.25 billion in 2021, placing the year in the Top 5 for losses according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Last year, 14 events with $25 million in claims or higher were declared nationwide,

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Territory working to develop electric vehicle-charging corridor

August 2, 2022 by Emily Blake - THE CANADIAN PRESS

YELLOWKNIFE – Electric vehicles are a rare sight in Canada’s North, with challenges such as frigid winter temperatures and limited infrastructure. The Northwest Territories is hoping to change that. The territorial government plans to develop a vehicle-charging corridor between the

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More B.C. heat records fall, conditions prompt flood watch

July 28, 2022 by Jason Contant

VANCOUVER – Temperature records are melting across British Columbia as a prolonged heat spell grips the province but Emergency Management BC says it is not anticipating an extreme heat emergency. A statement from the agency says residents should monitor temperature

The aftermath of a tornado in Tweed, Ont. on July 25
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Environment Canada confirms tornado touched down north of Belleville, Ont.

July 26, 2022 by The Canadian Press

Environment Canada has confirmed at least one tornado touched down in an area north of Belleville, Ont., as severe thunderstorms swept through parts of southern and eastern Ontario on Sunday night. In a preliminary report, the weather agency says staff

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Will this week’s weather events result in Cat damages?

July 25, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

While Europe is experiencing record-breaking heat waves, western Canada had some severe heat and storms of its own between July 16-20. And although they were expected to have caused millions in damage, it won’t breach catastrophe territory, according to Aon’s

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Storm that lashed Laurentians likely a tornado, Environment Canada says

July 25, 2022 by Adina Bresge and Virginie Ann - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The churning storm that toppled trees and battered homes in the Laurentians was likely a tornado, a meteorologist with Environment Canada said Sunday. The national weather agency said forceful winds lashed the area around Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, Que., about 100 kilometres northwest

Blazing summer sun during a heat wave
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What Europe’s record heat means for insurers

July 22, 2022 by Philip Porado

Insurers covering businesses that depend on goods or industrial inputs from Europe should keep an eye on potential loss scenarios emerging from the continent’s crippling heat wave. “High temperatures harmed tarmacs of motorways in Great Britain and Germany in the

A wildfire is spreading just west of already fire-ravaged Lytton, B.C.
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What the latest wildfire near Lytton, B.C. reveals

July 22, 2022 by Jason Contant

The out-of-control wildfire burning near Lytton, B.C. shows the community and its surrounding area are at high risk of repeated fires, said Glenn McGillivray, managing director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR). The Nohomin Creek wildfire about 1.7

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Storm causes property damage in southeast Alberta

July 19, 2022 by The Canadian Press

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – Alberta Emergency Alert says a storm has caused damage to homes and vehicles in the southeastern corner of the province. It initially called it a tornado, but now says it was a storm with dangerous and