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Coroner’s inquest opens into Quebec firefighter flood deaths in May 2023 

April 15, 2024 by Jason Contant

A coroner’s inquest is underway into the deaths of two volunteer Quebec firefighters who perished during a flood rescue last May in the Charlevoix region.  Coroner Andrée Kronström is hearing from witnesses at the courthouse in La Malbaie, Que., during

Firefighters battling wildfire in Tantallon, N.S.
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Before likely ‘ferocious’ wildfire season, fire chiefs worry about drop in volunteers

April 12, 2024 by Lyndsay Armstrong – The Canadian Press

As Canada looks ahead to what experts fear could be another devastating wildfire season, fire chiefs say they are worried about the dwindling number of volunteers available to combat the rising threat. Ken McMullen, president of the Canadian Association of

A fire burning across the lake in Osoyoos, B.C.
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Drought, heat raise risk of repeat of last summer’s record-breaking wildfires

April 10, 2024 by The Canadian Press

Persistent drought and months of above-average temperatures have raised the risk of a repeat of last year’s record-breaking wildfires. Federal officials say conditions are already ripe for an early and above-normal fire risk from Quebec all the way to British

Heavy rainfall prompting flooding
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Heavy rain causes flooding, damage in Newfoundland

April 9, 2024 by Sanuda Ranawake, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Telegram – The Canadian Press

Heavy rain over the weekend brought a mix of localized flooding, washouts, and slides to much of the west coast of Newfoundland. In Lark Harbour, there were no washouts, but damage to houses, trails, and some roadways. For some residents

The McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna, BC.
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B.C. to get wildfire training and education centre in response to expert task force

April 5, 2024 by The Canadian Press

British Columbia’s premier says a training and education centre for wildfire fighters will be established in response to recommendations by a task force that looked into last year’s catastrophic wildfires. David Eby says the centre at Thompson Rivers University in

Twenty centimetres of snow in Montreal
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Spring storm knocks out power to tens of thousands across Quebec, Ontario

April 4, 2024 by The Canadian Press

A spring storm across Quebec and Ontario on Thursday knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers, closed schools and blanketed the Montreal area with heavy, wet snow. In Quebec, more than 220,000 homes and businesses had no electricity

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Desjardins president on why the direct writer expanded into the broker channel

March 28, 2024 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Desjardins’ acquisition of The Insurance Company of Prince Edward Island (ICPEI) will enable the direct writer to diversify its distribution model and expand its national reach, Desjardins General Insurance Group president and chief operating officer Valerie Lavoie tells Canadian Underwriter.  

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Onlia acquired by PE firm focused on Canadian P&C distribution

March 26, 2024 by David Gambrill

Southampton Financial Inc., a private equity firm focused on the Canadian property and casualty insurance distribution space, has agreed to acquire Onlia Insurance from Achmea and Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Headquartered in Toronto, Onlia is a digital insurance agency that

Smoke from Canadian wildfires as seen in Boston on Canada Day 2023.
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Driven by wildfire smoke, Canada’s air quality worse than U.S. in 2023

March 25, 2024 by Jordan Omstead – The Canadian Press

Canada’s air pollution levels last year were worse than those in the United States for the first time since an air-quality firm started publishing its assessments in 2018.  The sixth World Air Quality report published Tuesday by Swiss firm IQAir

Wildfire near Banff National Park in Alberta
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Alberta town outlines plan ahead of fire season

March 21, 2024 by John Watson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Strathmore Times – The Canadian Press

The Town of Strathmore recently finalized its hazard reduction burn plan, which aims to reduce the risk of grass and wildfires in the local region. According to the town, the plan aims to assess grassland fuels on the landscape within

Aerial view of flooded homes following record rainfall
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Three necessities for Canada’s national flood insurance program

March 21, 2024 by Jason Contant

Canada’s upcoming national flood insurance program needs to specify exclusions, phase in risk-based premiums, and provide incentives for flood resilience measures, the Canadian Climate Institute (CCI) says in a recent blog.  A low-cost flood insurance program should drive safer decisions

A heavy snowfall sweeps through the province of British Columbia
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How Canada’s winter weather predicts 2024 Cat claims

March 21, 2024 by Alyssa DiSabatino

This winter clocked in as Canada’s warmest winter ever, and adjusters are already sounding the alarm that a winter with no or little snow could mean more wildfire claims over the rest of the year. Snowpack in winter is one