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Environment Canada says tornadoes destroy barns, down trees in southern Ontario

June 11, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GLENCOE, Ont. – Environment Canada says it’s investigating after two tornadoes were reported near London, Ont., Wednesday night. The weather agency says the first happened at 7:50 p.m. in Glencoe, Ont., while the second happened 40 minutes later in Belmont,

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Severe weather lashes Saskatchewan town, spawns tornado in Alberta

July 15, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Roofs were ripped off buildings and power lines were toppled when wind gusting at well over 100 kilometres an hour and packing toonie-size hail lashed the west-central Saskatchewan town of Eston. There are no immediate reports of injuries following the

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Residents clean up after tornado near Montreal

July 12, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

ST-ROCH-DE-L’ACHIGAN, Que. – A tornado tore through a campground north of Montreal Thursday evening, snapping trees, toppling trailers and sending at least one injured man to hospital. “When I drove through, I saw a trailer that was all twisted, up

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The extent of June 29 Saskatchewan tornado damage

July 3, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GOODSOIL, Sask. – Cleanup continues at a Saskatchewan campground following two tornadoes that snapped trees and caused severe damage on the Canada Day long weekend. Trevor Finlay, manager of Meadow Lake Provincial Park, says about 90 per cent of boats,

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Tornadoes strike Saskatchewan campground

July 2, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GOODSOIL, Sask. – Environment Canada confirms winds that flattened a northwest Saskatchewan campground over the weekend were the result of tornadoes. The agency says in a weather summary of the incident that a severe thunderstorm moved through the Murray Doell

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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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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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Is wind “the new water” for Canada’s insurers?

April 25, 2019 by Jason Contant

High winds contributed in part to most catastrophes in Canada over the past few decades, prompting the need for a new national standard on wind resilience, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) said Thursday. A report released by ICLR

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Two weird things about the 2018 catastrophe season

February 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Canadian insurance industry saw a bit of an unusual catastrophe season last year, with more cats in the second quarter than the third, and Ontario beating out Alberta for insured losses. There were a total of 12 catastrophes last

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What the industry paid out for severe weather in 2018

January 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The industry lost nearly $2 billion last year in Canada alone from the combined effect of several weather catastrophes. “No single event caused the high amount paid out for losses,” the Insurance Bureau of Canada said Wednesday in a release.

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4 ways AI can improve your performance

October 25, 2018 by Jason Contant

Artificial intelligence can be used to better predict weather risk in insurance, such as which customers’ properties may be more affected by severe weather, an Accenture executive said Thursday. One of the four major benefits of AI is enhanced judgement,

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Were the Ottawa-Gatineau tornadoes the costliest in Canadian history?

October 17, 2018 by Jason Contant

The tornadoes that struck the Ottawa-Gatineau area on Sept. 21 cost the industry $300 million in insured damage, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) said Wednesday. Of that, $200 million was for insured damage on the Ontario side, and $100