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OneEleven and Aviva Canada to host Canada’s “first ever” DisasterTech Hackathon

September 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

OneEleven, described as “North America’s largest scaleup innovation hub,” and Aviva Canada have announced that a 48-hour DisasterTech Hackathon will be held next month in Toronto. The event will kick off at OneEleven’s office at 325 Front St. West in

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B.C. tourism industry taking major hit due to wildfires

August 31, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – British Columbia’s tourism industry is taking a hit with businesses reporting rising cancellations and decreased traffic over fears of wildfires. Maya Lange with Destination BC, the province’s tourism planning and marketing corporation, said Wednesday preliminary results from a survey of businesses in the Kootenay-Rockies region found that 32 per cent are anticipating losses due to perceptions of the fires.
“We are very concerned. Just looking at the volume of visitation and the volume of trips that are taken by British Columbian…

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Government of Canada creates expert panel on climate change adaptation

August 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Canada announced on Tuesday that it is creating an expert panel on adapting to climate change. Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced the launch of the Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results in a statement from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). The expert panel will advise the federal government on measuring progress on adaptation and climate resilience to better understand how federal, provincial and territorial adaptation efforts are building Canada’s resilience to climate change, for…

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BC Wildfire Service says 19 fires burn together to create “largest wildfire in British Columbia’s history”

August 22, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Over 400 firefighters are working to contain the largest wildfire in British Columbia’s history. Kevin Skrepnek of the BC Wildfire Service said 19 fires merged in an area west of Quesnel in the Interior, creating a single

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B.C. extends province-wide state of emergency for the third time

August 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia’s Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General announced on Friday that it has formally extended its province-wide state of emergency for the third time. The state of emergency now runs through to the end of the day on

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B.C.’s wildfire season surpasses 1958 record for amount of land burned

August 17, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – British Columbia’s wildfires have destroyed a record amount of forest, brush and grassland, surpassing the devastation of nearly 60 years ago. Kevin Skrepnek with the BC Wildfire Service said about 8,944 square kilometres have been scorched by

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Fewer and less intense cat events significantly lower global economic losses to US$44 billion in H1 2017: Swiss Re

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Total global economic losses from disasters were US$44 billion in the first half of 2017, down significantly from US$117 billion in H1 2016, as a result of fewer and less intense events, according to preliminary sigma estimates from Swiss Re.