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Lightning sparks new fires as thunderstorms add to danger in B.C.’s Interior

July 6, 2021 by The Canadian Press

LYTTON, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says 212 wildfires are burning in British Columbia as lightning storms swept over several areas of the province. The wildfire service website shows more than three dozen small fires have been sparked across

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Northwest Territories government to pay repair costs from spring flooding

June 30, 2021 by The Canadian Press

YELLOWKNIFE – The government of the Northwest Territories says it will cover the cost to repair or replace homes damaged by spring flooding. The government says 70 homes were affected in Fort Simpson, 16 to 18 in Jean Marie River

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Evacuation alerts issued for areas near two out-of-control wildfires in B.C. Interior

June 30, 2021 by The Canadian Press

The B.C. Wildfire Service is dealing with two out-of-control blazes in the Interior that have prompted evacuation alerts. The McKay Creek fire was discovered Tuesday burning about 23 kilometres north of Lillooet, and has grown to approximately 50 square kilometres

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Home renovations during COVID: What your clients need to know

June 29, 2021 by Jason Contant

With more of your clients staying home during the pandemic, more are renovating their homes. And that means your clients need to make sure that they have the right insurance coverage in place, and that the renovations are properly reflected

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Tornado touchdown causes damage in midwestern Ontario

June 28, 2021 by The Canadian Press

Environment Canada says that at least one tornado touched down late Saturday afternoon in midwestern Ontario. Agency meteorologist Brian Owsiak says that reports from the ground, as well as radar signatures, confirmed that a twister hit just east of Chatsworth,

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UFO sightings: Are your clients covered for an alien invasion?

June 24, 2021 by David Gambrill

Recent talk about UFOs during the pandemic has caused the most conspiratorial among us to wonder if Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry is prepared for the most secretive of risks: An alien invasion of Earth. Film footage has emerged

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Aviva Canada exec predicts how long supply chain pressures will last

June 24, 2021 by Jason Contant

A supply chain bubble that is putting pressure on the Canadian P&C insurance industry should burst within a year or two and it’s just a matter of riding it out, an Aviva Canada claims executive suggested during a virtual fireside

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Reservoir to protect Calgary from floods gets approval

June 24, 2021 by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – The Natural Resources Conservation Board has approved a controversial reservoir that could protect Calgary from future flooding, ruling that it’s in the public interest. Alberta Transportation proposed the $432-million off-stream reservoir near the rural community of Springbank, Alta.,

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100-year flood level on Yukon River prompts warning to village of Carmacks

June 23, 2021 by The Canadian Press

WHITEHORSE – The water level on the Yukon River at the village of Carmacks keeps rising, prompting a flood warning from the territory. A statement from the territory says the river is at a level only seen once every 100

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Cleanup of trees, debris underway after deadly Quebec tornado

June 22, 2021 by Morgan Lowrie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MASCOUCHE, Que. – Residents of a town north of Montreal on Tuesday were clearing out tree branches and twisted debris scattered by a deadly tornado that tore through the community and killed one of their neighbours. The tornado Monday afternoon

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Canadian P&C industry’s financial results take a turn for the better

June 18, 2021 by David Gambrill

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry reported a much sunnier financial picture in 2021 Q1 than it did during the same time last year, according to a recent quarterly report by the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC). Financial

The small town of Okotoks was hit hard by the June floods of 2013, with the river valley rushing and raging through wiping out pedestrian bridges, campgrounds, river banks and pathways.
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Progress report: Canada-wide flood mapping is well underway

June 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A nationwide estimate of coastal, pluvial, and fluvial flood hazard is one part of the ongoing effort to come up with a national approach to insuring or re-locating homes at high risk of flood, a federal government official suggests. Flood