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Action needed to prevent future fires on First Nations, organization says 

February 3, 2023 Fakiha Baig - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A 10-year-old girl who died after a house fire on a northern Ontario First Nation might still be alive if firefighting and prevention resources her community has been seeking were in place, an organization representing 49 First Nations said Thursday.  

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Feds say ‘no willing partners’ to bring fire codes onto First Nations

January 23, 2023 Stephanie Taylor - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The federal government does not have a willing partner to find a way to introduce fire codes on First Nation reserves, a newly released document shows. The senior director for the Indigenous Fire Marshal Service, however, says there

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Where Ontario’s 2022 fire-related deaths ranked

January 13, 2023 Philip Porado

Ontario’s 133 fire-related deaths during 2022 were the highest in more than 20 years, the province’s Fire Marshal Jon Pegg said in a Jan. 3 tweet. In comparison, 2021 saw 124 fire-related deaths. There were 115 fire-related deaths in 2020

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Indigenous Services Canada failing First Nations in response to wildfires, floods: AG

November 15, 2022 Stephanie Taylor - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The federal government still hasn’t provided First Nations with the support they need to respond to emergencies such as wildfires and floods despite warnings almost a decade ago, says a new report from Canada’s auditor general. Karen Hogan

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No way to enforce fire codes on First Nations, and new law would be costly: document

October 5, 2022 Stephanie Taylor - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – There is no way to enforce building or fire codes on First Nations and pursuing a legislative fix would require significant time and money, federal officials warn in an internal briefing document. But Blaine Wiggins, the senior director

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Fire causes ‘considerable’ damage to Nunavut observatory

September 29, 2022 The Canadian Press

RESOLUTE, Nunavut – An observatory in Resolute, Nunavut, has been damaged by fire. RCMP say the building was empty when police responded to the structure fire on Tuesday. While no injuries were reported, the blaze destroyed the observatory’s living quarters

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More B.C. heat records fall, conditions prompt flood watch

July 28, 2022 by Jason Contant

VANCOUVER – Temperature records are melting across British Columbia as a prolonged heat spell grips the province but Emergency Management BC says it is not anticipating an extreme heat emergency. A statement from the agency says residents should monitor temperature

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How Canada’s costliest perils compare to the rest of the world

July 19, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The fire/explosion peril continues to crux Canadian insurers, accounting for 38% of all corporate insurance losses by value of claims, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) Global Claims Review 2022. Natural catastrophes peak as Canada’s second highest major

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P&C industry must get better at modelling secondary perils: reinsurance exec

June 13, 2022 by Jason Contant

The property and casualty insurance industry in Canada and globally needs to improve its modelling and understanding of secondary perils, which have seen increased frequency over the past decade, says a speaker from Swiss Re during an industry event. “We

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Province, StatsCan partner on fire prevention pilot

June 9, 2022 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – Firefighters in British Columbia will soon have access to information to help identify neighbourhoods where the risk of home fires is greatest in an effort to prevent more needless deaths, says the province’s fire commissioner. The commissioner’s office

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Canada’s most exposed insurance lines

May 31, 2022 by Jason Contant

Exposure related to insuring personal lines of business in general continues to see steady growth in the Canadian P&C insurance industry, with a whopping $9.3 trillion of personal property assets in Canada now insured against fire, according to Catastrophe Indices

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Ford recalls vehicles including nearly 3,000 SUVs in Canada over fire risk

May 20, 2022 The Associated Press

DETROIT – Ford has issued three recalls of more than 350,000 vehicles in North America, including nearly 3,000 in Canada and 39,000 in the U.S. due to a risk the engines could catch fire. Transport Canada said in a recall