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One Ontario industry vulnerable to weather extremes

July 30, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If your client is in the food production or distribution field, you might want to consider the impact of extreme weather. “Restaurants do not prioritize purchasing backup generators, or flood or business interruption insurance,” a report presented last week to

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Is storm-ravaged Alberta insurable?

February 4, 2018 by David Gambrill

Alberta has experienced a disproportionate share of the extreme weather catastrophes in Canada over the past decade, causing insurers to question whether the province is a viable place to do business. The question was raised Friday at the C4 conference

Blair Feltmate, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environment and Chair, Climate  Change Adaptation Project (Canada), University of Waterloo
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Good Natured

August 26, 2017 Blair Feltmate, Head; and Natalia Moudrak, Director of the Infrastructure Adaptation Program, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

Wetlands are increasingly seen as an unexpected gift — one with the potential to keep on giving — in Canada’s continuing efforts to reduce costs from urban and rural flooding. The only proviso is that stakeholders, including municipal governments, need to support protective approaches that allow these valuable areas to remain as is.

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Emergency broadcast station being considered in New Brunswick following January ice storm

August 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Brunswick’s primary electrical utility in the province, NB Power, and the province’s Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) said on Friday that they considering creating a dedicated emergency broadcast station to provide essential information to people in the province in times of crisis. The consideration is one of 51 recommendations contained in a provincial review of the Atlantic Canada storm in the winter of 2017, released on Friday. From Jan. 24-26, an ice storm hit central and eastern New Brunswick, from Miscou Island to Sackville. The intense low-pressure system resulted in…

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Canadian farmers turn to specialized forecasting in face of rising extreme weather threat

August 15, 2017 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – In an industry that lives and dies by the weather, farmers like Dwight Foster are looking for all the help they can get to know what’s coming. “We use every tool in the toolbox we can get our

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Maintaining wetlands could slash riverine flooding-related damage, local pilot project has national applicability: study

July 12, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Just leaving current wetlands in their natural state could cause riverine flooding-related flood damage to plummet as much as 38% and should provide the impetus for communities to view natural infrastructure as a climate adaptation solution, notes a study from

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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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U.S. senate committee holding field hearing on economic impacts of extreme weather and coastal flooding

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation is holding a field hearing in West Palm Beach, Fl. to discuss the economic impacts of extreme weather and coastal flooding. Lead by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), the hearing, titled “Extreme

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Measuring Extremes

April 1, 2017 Caterina Lindman, Chair, Climate Index Working Group; and Doug Collins Chair, Climate Change Committee

An updated North American climate index shows an increase in the occurrence of extreme weather events in Canada. A number of Canadian regions are among those with the highest index values, indicating the largest deviations in extreme weather events and sea levels from historical values. How can this information help inform the risk management strategies of Canadian insurers and others?

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Standards Council of Canada, Intact Centre on Climate Adaption to study flood resiliency for new residential communities

March 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre) at the University of Waterloo have announced that they are joining forces to develop a new report on best practices for making new residential communities

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Federal disaster mitigation funding “a leap forward”: ICLR

March 23, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

The federal budget’s commitment to create a $2 billion Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund demonstrates Ottawa’s increasing support for disaster risk reduction, suggests Glenn McGillivray, managing director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR). “For many years, the federal

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Most recent Canadian, U.S. actuarial index values reflect continued high frequencies of extreme weather events

March 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Organizations representing the actuarial profession in Canada and the United States have reported an Actuaries Climate Index (ACI) value for the summer of 2016 of 1.72, the third-highest seasonal level recorded. On Tuesday, the four organizations representing actuaries in the