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Which insured perils are of most concern to your clients?

December 5, 2022 by David Gambrill

Winter storms and severe rain or flooding events top the list of insured perils concerning Canadians, according to a new Angus Reid poll commissioned by First Onsite Property Restoration. Nationally, concern about winter storms (67%) edged out worries about severe

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How the P&C industry responded to Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy

November 24, 2022 by David Gambrill

Canada announced today a total of $1.6 billion in new federal funding to help communities adapt to climate change by building infrastructure more resilient to natural disasters. The investment is part of the federal government’s new National Adaptation Strategy: Building

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Climate Changed: Catastrophe experts say retreat from flood risk is ‘critical option’

October 12, 2022 Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – All climate disasters are not created equal and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction recommends retreat in the face of only one type of threat. “In our opinion, retreat is not an option that is important for most

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Crews battle out-of-control wildfire in regional park in B.C.

October 3, 2022 The Canadian Press

COQUITLAM, B.C. – A regional park in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland has been closed since Saturday as crews battle a wildfire sparked in persistently hot and dry conditions. The Metro Vancouver Regional District posted an update on social media, saying

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B.C.’s largest wildfire remains out of control

September 19, 2022 The Canadian Press

HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – An evacuation order for British Columbia’s largest wildfire has been rescinded, though the BC Wildfire Service says the blaze remains out of control. The Battleship Mountain wildfire in the Prince George Fire Centre is now estimated

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Power restored to Jasper, Alta., after national park wildfire caused outage days ago

September 15, 2022 The Canadian Press

JASPER, ALBERTA – Parks Canada welcomed visitors back to Jasper National Park Wednesday after power was restored to the townsite that was knocked out by a wildfire north of the community earlier this month.   “With the restoration of transmission power

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Coalition on climate adaptation says Canada needs hard targets on disaster resilience

September 13, 2022 Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A broad coalition on climate adaptation and disaster resilience says air conditioning should become a human right on par with winter heating – one of a series of hard targets it says Canada needs to meet in the

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Wildfire smoke continues to blanket parts of B.C., improves slightly over Vancouver

September 12, 2022 The Canadian Press

Air quality has improved slightly over Metro Vancouver but remains at very unhealthy levels in several other regions as wildfire smoke blankets large sections of British Columbia. Environment Canada is maintaining air quality statements for areas from the Peace River

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Crews keep close watch on one B.C. wildfire, as another delays school in northeast

September 6, 2022 The Canadian Press

Wildfire officials in British Columbia say they are working with BC Parks and the Transportation Ministry to prepare for the spread of a blaze that has charred 19 square kilometres of bush in a provincial park east of Vancouver. The

Wildfire in a heavily forested area of Northwest Territories
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Territory’s 2022 wildfire season has nearly doubled five-year average for area burned

August 30, 2022 Emily Blake - THE CANADIAN PRESS

YELLOWKNIFE – The 2022 wildfire season in the Northwest Territories is shaping up to be one of the most severe in the past five years. “We’re well on our way to doubling our five-year average for area burned,” said Mike

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All evacuation orders rescinded for Keremeos Creek wildfire near Penticton, B.C.

August 22, 2022 The Canadian Press

Local authorities in British Columbia’s Okanagan region say all evacuation orders around the so-called Keremeos Creek wildfire near Penticton have been rescinded. Erick Thompson, an information officer for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, says this means residents from the last

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BC Wildfire Service predicts stable forecast following persistent lightning strikes

August 16, 2022 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – A spokesperson for the BC Wildfire Service says 80 per cent of the 212 new fires sparked across the province since Wednesday were caused by lightning. Briana Hill says the service was well prepared and 69 per cent