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Educating yourself about flood coverage while cooped up at home

April 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Looking for a free course that will give you continuing education credits without having to leave your house? The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation recently launched a 1.5-hour online home flood risk course for brokers anywhere in Canada. “It helps

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Ingredients are there for N.B. flooding, but too early to forecast: officials

March 10, 2020 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Public safety officials in New Brunswick say people living in flood-prone areas of the province should be prepared for rising waters, but it’s too early to say what this year’s flood season will bring. The province launched its

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Ontario unveils new flooding strategy, but minister mum on funding

March 9, 2020 Allison Jones - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario’s new flooding strategy is focusing on increasing public awareness and preparedness, but it’s not clear if it will come with any new funding. Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski announced in Minden, Ont., that the strategy builds on the recommendations

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Bureaucratic hurdles hampered federal flood prevention program: audit

January 30, 2020 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – A federal review says the government had trouble spending half of the $184 million earmarked to prevent flood damage in Canadian communities. A newly released evaluation report says the National Disaster Mitigation Program’s effectiveness was hindered by scheduling

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Ottawa’s latest response to calls for government flood insurance

January 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

It’s been three years since brokers called for a government backstop for residential flood losses, but Ottawa is not specifically committing to any particular model of government-run insurance for homes at high risk of flood. At the moment it is

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‘Temporary’ flood relief office closes after 7 months

December 17, 2019 The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON – Seven months after spring flooding left parts of New Brunswick badly damaged, the Canadian Red Cross has closed a temporary flood relief office in Fredericton. The organization says a total of 1,570 people registered for assistance after the

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The downside for brokers of better commercial flood mapping

November 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial brokerages are going to have to start buying the same data on commercial flood risk that insurance carriers are already buying, says a Toronto commercial broker. Insurers tend to have data on the claims history of commercial property, and

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How change of backyard elevation spawns liability risk

November 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A London, Ont. homeowner is in legal trouble because the water that was supposed to flow east from his neighbour’s backyard, across his property, started going the wrong way 12 years ago. In Dankiewicz v. Sullivan, released Nov. 4, Justice

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Snow-battered province faces flood advisory

October 23, 2019 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Some areas of Manitoba are watching rivers and lakes closely as the province warns rain could bring high water – or even flooding – after a devastating snowstorm more than a week ago. Rain forecast for southeastern Manitoba

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Is it time for a U.S.-style flood insurance program?

October 18, 2019 by Jason Contant

Although the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in the United States has its shortcomings, a similar program could benefit Canada if steps were taken to avoid its flaws, suggested an article published in MSA’s Quarterly Outlook Report for Q2 2019.

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Flood risk in southwestern Ontario: It’s not just rainfall…

October 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Higher-than normal levels on the Great Lakes are increasing water damage risk in Windsor, Ont., which was hit two years ago with flooding that cost the industry more than $100 million. “We are well above where we typically are for

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Don’t count on Canada-wide, high-resolution flood modelling anytime soon

October 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Flood maps with a resolution of two metres would be ideal, but don’t expect anything like this Canada-wide anytime soon. The current standard for the spacing of a topographic grid for regional mapping and modelling is 30 metres, as the