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How B.C. plans to address nat cat risk management

October 29, 2019 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The challenges of preventing and responding to devastating wildfires and floods in British Columbia and the prospect of more disasters to come has prompted the government to reassess its emergency management laws. The Emergency Program Act needs to

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Police probe report of shots fired at Raptors rally, celebration continues

June 17, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Frantic Raptors fans bolted from a square in downtown Toronto after police said they were investigating reports of shots fired at a massive rally celebrating the team’s historic NBA championship win. The festivities were briefly suspended as one

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$107-million Saskatchewan oil leak results in guilty plea

June 12, 2019 Colette Derworiz - THE CANADIAN PRESS

LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. – Husky Energy has pleaded guilty in a pipeline leak that sent oil spilling into a major river and fouled the source of drinking water for thousands of people. The spill into the North Saskatchewan River in July

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Welcome to the new era of online flood maps

June 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The organization responsible for flood risk mitigation in and near Kitchener, Ont. is contemplating enabling online access to maps that would let some clients see whether they are in a high-risk flood zone. For the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA),

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How reliable are severe weather emergency alerts?

June 5, 2019 by Jason Contant

Two tornadoes that swept through the Ottawa region Sunday have prompted questions about the effectiveness of Canada’s emergency alert system. Questions arose after numerous residents reported that they never received warnings about a tornado that hit Orléans, an east-end suburb

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Mainstream autos get driver monitoring devices

June 4, 2019 By Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Would you pay more for a car or SUV that warns you if you’re falling asleep or not paying attention behind the wheel? Auto companies are figuring that because your life could depend on it, you will. As

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Tornadoes hit Gatineau, Ottawa areas, though no injuries reported

June 3, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Strong winds uprooted trees and damaged homes, but nobody was injured when a tornado touched down in the Ottawa area Sunday evening. Environment Canada issued tornado warnings in eastern Ontario and western Quebec after someone spotted a twister

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Wildfires force more people out of their homes in northern Alberta

May 30, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

More people are being forced from their homes as several wildfires rage out-of-control in northern Alberta and blanket areas to the south in an acrid haze. The Alberta government issued an emergency alert early this morning for Chipewyan Lake Village,

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Alberta wildfire continues to grow, but spreading away from threatened community

May 29, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HIGH LEVEL, Alta.  A forest fire burning near a northern Alberta town has grown slightly, but officials say firefighters are making good progress. The Chuckegg Creek fire, currently the largest in the province, was still about three kilometres southwest of

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This aspect of automated vehicle technology is confusing your clients

May 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Is it your client’s fault if they got into an accident in a partly-automated vehicle because they failed to understand exactly what the car’s computer could and could not do? “I’m sure it will be fought in court battles over

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This restoration contracting acquisition should close by summer

May 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

FirstOnSite and Paul Davis will have the same corporate owner if a deal announced Thursday goes through but will operate separately from one another. FirstOnSite Restoration Limited announced May 23 that its corporate parent, Global Restoration Holdings LLC, agreed to

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School bus accident on highway injures 12

May 23, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON -Twelve people, including 11 children, were taken to hospital Thursday after a school bus crash on one of Edmonton’s busiest freeways. Emergency officials said the collision happened at about 8:15 a.m. on Whitemud Drive near the Quesnell Bridge over