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Removing an old fuel storage tank from a contaminated building site
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Why strong housing markets have builders tweaking their insurance

September 14, 2023 by Philip Porado

Booming real estate markets in many Canadian cities have top-tier developers considering building sites they might previously have written off. “Here in Toronto, we know the city was heavily industrialized with old manufacturers that were there 100 years before going

Oilsands refinery in Fort McMurray, Alta.
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Twin polls suggest slim majority of Albertans support oil and gas emissions cap

September 14, 2023 by Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Most Albertans would support some kind of national cap on carbon emissions from the oil and gas sector, two new polls suggest. The polls, conducted by different polling firms at the same time with the same questions, come

Repairs being made to the Sumas River dike following flooding in November 2021
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Province aware of dike problems before destructive flooding in 2021, documents show

September 13, 2023 by Brenna Owen - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Officials with the British Columbia government and the City of Merritt were aware of significant problems with dikes for several years before a series of atmospheric rivers flooded the community, documents released through a freedom of information request show. The

Forest fire at night in the Okanagan
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B.C. wildfires continue to burn through September

September 12, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The latest evacuation order issued due to a wildfire in British Columbia covers a rural area north of Prince George in a region straddling the boundaries of two regional governments. The regional districts of Fraser-Fort George and Bulkley-Nechako

A gas station destroyed by the Bush Creek East wildfire in Squilax, B.C.
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B.C. sets up climate emergency task force amid wildfire crisis

September 11, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – British Columbia Premier David Eby says he’s launching an expert task force into wildfires, drought and heat emergencies that have hammered the province. Eby, who’s in the B.C. Interior touring wildfire zones, says the province is still focused

Flooding in Nova Scotia in July 2023
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Government won’t commit to buying out homes ravaged by recent N.S. flooding

September 8, 2023 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s housing minister says any request for the province to buy homes damaged in a Halifax suburb in flooding last July would have to come from the municipality. John Lohr says while he’s not prepared to say

The McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna, BC.
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Feds predict parts of Canada could see wildfires through winter

September 7, 2023 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The latest federal government forecast says Canada’s already unprecedented 2023 wildfire season could continue late into the fall or winter.   Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says there is potential for increased wildland fire activity from eastern

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Adjusters provide update on B.C., N.W.T. wildfires

September 6, 2023 by Jason Contant

Wildfires in British Columbia and Northwest Territories continue to present a mixed bag of claims for P&C adjusters. Claims adjusters are seeing a variety of both residential and commercial losses. “Major loss, total losses and less severe claims as well,”

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Canada ‘trailing partners’ on securing vital utilities and services: internal memo

September 5, 2023 by Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A newly released federal memo concedes Canada is “trailing key international partners” who have updated their approaches to securing vital utilities and services from a growing array of risks. The Public Safety Canada memo says “new and rapidly

Vehicles being evacuated following N.W.T. wildfires
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Fire activity expected to kick up in N.W.T., Mounties warn against re-entering

September 1, 2023 by The Canadian Press

YELLOWKNIFE – Fire activity along a key Northwest Territories highway is expected to kick up in the coming days, while Mounties say they’ll stop a potentially large group from trying to re-enter when an evacuation order is still in effect.

The McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna, BC.
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Wildfire threat in B.C. continues as winds pick up during stormy weather

August 31, 2023 by The Canadian Press

Several major wildfires continue to burn out-of-control in British Columbia’s Interior, where forecasted rain had been hoped to dampen blazes in parts of the Central Okanagan and the Shuswap. But Environment Canada data shows neither Kelowna’s airport nor Salmon Arm

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Adjusters respond to Kelowna fires as burn tally grows

August 30, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

After close to 200 buildings burnt around Lake Okanagan, claims adjusters in Kelowna can expect to see claims range from personal and commercial across a swath of coverage types, an adjuster tells Canadian Underwriter.  “Kelowna has a diverse geography with