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Incoming weather to increase fire behavior in B.C., government suggests

July 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

After several days of favourable weather for firefighting in British Columbia, weather conditions are worsening in the Cariboo Fire Centre, bringing with it an expected increase in fire behavior and wildfire growth, the province’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural

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Severe thunderstorm in Saskatoon causes power outages, street flooding

July 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Crews from the City of Saskatoon are responding to “power outages, lifted manhole covers and flooded streets” following a severe thunderstorm Monday evening. According to a press release on Monday from the city, Environment Canada issued a thunderstorm warning and

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IBC encouraging policyholders to discuss policy limits with insurers as B.C. wildfires continue

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

As British Columbia has declared a state of emergency due to wildfires burning out of control throughout much of the Interior, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is encouraging policyholders to discuss policy limits with their insurer. Most home and

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New cyberattack causes mass disruption globally

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One month after the massive global WannaCry ransomware attack, “a new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across the world, hitting companies and governments in Europe especially hard,” the Associated Press reported

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Remote Manitoba town reports temporary loss of rail line

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Town of Churchill in Manitoba is reporting the “temporary loss of its rail line” into the community from recent flooding. According to a statement from the town released earlier this week, “unprecedented” snowfall in March that resulted in over

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B.C.’s River Forecast Centre issues high streamflow advisory, but flooding fears beginning to ease

June 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia’s River Forecast Centre (RFC) has issued a “high streamflow advisory” for the province’s South Peace region and surrounding areas. Issued at noon on Thursday, the advisory includes South Peace region and surrounding areas, including Pine Pass and tributaries

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Economy at risk without joint Canada-U.S. cyber defence, says former U.S. National Security Agency director

June 2, 2017 Mike Blanchfield - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada and the United States need a new cyber defence program – like their joint Norad air defence – to prevent hackers from hobbling their economies, says the former head of the U.S. National Security Agency. Retired general

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Law allowing blue and amber lights for roadside assistance vehicles now in effect in Saskatchewan

May 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Roadside assistance vehicles in Saskatchewan can now use blue lights in conjunction with amber lights, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) announced on Tuesday. The Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed the Traffic Safety (Tow Trucks) Amendment Act to permit blue lights to

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WannaCry ransomware attack “arguably the first ever cyber-catastrophe”: RMS cyber expert

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global WannaCry ransomware attack is “arguably the first ever cyber-catastrophe,” an expert in cyber risk management from RMS said on Tuesday. Tom Harvey said in a statement that the cyberattack “clearly demonstrates the systemic nature of the risk, with

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Rebuilding after disasters should stress safer, better, Goodale says

May 11, 2017 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – As the devastating floodwaters recede in Ontario and Quebec, the key to preventing a similar disaster in future is to avoid making the mistakes that led to problems in the first place, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

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Documents show many cities are wary of mapping flood risks, making data public

May 9, 2017 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – When municipal officials were told last year about new tools to help them map the risk of flooding in their communities, they immediately raised red flags, suggesting they wanted no part of it over concerns about legal liability

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Portions of south, central interior B.C. remain under evacuation alert or order after recent flooding

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Areas in the south and central interior of British Columbia remain under evacuation alert or evacuation order after recent flooding events and there is potential for increased snowmelt and further precipitation and flooding next week, the provincial Ministry of Transportation