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Forest fire in northeast Ontario community forces residents to evacuate

May 17, 2022 The Canadian Press

A forest fire has forced the evacuation of residents in a community north of Sudbury, Ont.   Conservation officers and Ontario Provincial Police assisted with the precautionary evacuation of Shining Tree, Ont., residents Saturday afternoon after a forest fire broke out

An EMS vehicle is set up as a cooling station during a June 2021 heat wave in Calgary
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Last summer’s B.C., Alberta heat wave was among most extreme since 1960s, study shows

May 6, 2022 Brenna Owen - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The record-breaking heat wave that scorched western North America last June was among the most extreme ever recorded globally, new modelling and analysis by researchers at universities in the United Kingdom shows. The study published Wednesday in the journal Science

Boreal forest fire in Banff, Alberta
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Curbing Canadian forest fires could be an affordable way to cut emissions: study

April 28, 2022 Hina Alam - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Better wildfire management in Canadian and Alaskan forests could offer a cost-effective way to limit greenhouse gas emissions, a new study says. Research published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday found wildfires in North American boreal forests could represent

Rising flood waters in Abbotsford, B.C. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2021
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B.C. mayors dealing with flooding and wildfire damage call on feds to deliver funds

April 12, 2022 Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – British Columbia mayors whose communities were devastated by last year’s flooding and wildfires want the federal government to deliver billions of dollars in promised funding as soon as possible. Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said he was among 28

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How cattle will help manage B.C. wildfire risk

April 8, 2022 Brenna Owen - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A handful of ranchers in British Columbia’s Interior are getting ready to graze their cattle in concentrated areas near homes and community infrastructure, where they’ll eat the grasses that dry over the summer and heighten the wildfire risk. As part

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B.C. wildfire service to increase prevention work from backyards to forests: official

March 21, 2022 The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The director of provincial operations for British Columbia’s wildfire service says the province needs a “holistic,” large-scale program to reduce wildfire risk, starting in backyards, moving to communities then extending to forested lands. Cliff Chapman says planning

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Wildfire debris removal begins in Lytton

March 8, 2022 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The first signs of a long-awaited start of rebuilding in fire-ravaged Lytton, B.C., are expected to begin Tuesday, says the village’s mayor.   Jan Polderman said Monday that work to remove debris from the wildfire that destroyed much of

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B.C. climate change initiative needs to look further than recovery, expert says

February 25, 2022 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – A disaster expert who led recovery teams after the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed more than 230,000 people says British Columbia’s climate response strategy must protect the province from future environmental events. The B.C.

Damaged structures in Lytton, B.C.
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Wildfire destroys Lytton’s governance records; B.C. gives OK to rewrite bylaws  

February 10, 2022 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The mayor of the fire-ravaged community of Lytton, B.C., says rewriting the village’s bylaws from scratch will be about as entertaining as going to the dentist but it’s another step in the massive rebuilding effort.   The village’s records

A car and a group of firefighters extinguish the fire on a dried smoked burning meadow
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Wildfire costs show need for preventative measures

February 9, 2022 Greg Meckbach

NatCat costs from summer 2021’s B.C. wildfires reached $77 million in insured damage in White Rock Lake and $78 million in Lytton. With renovations adding value to homes, and by extension insurable damage risk, it may make sense to encourage

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Claims costs keep rising for B.C. catastrophes

January 18, 2022 by Jason Contant

British Columbia’s costliest severe weather event in provincial history just got more expensive. Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) confirmed to Canadian Underwriter Friday that the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry expects to pay out $515 million for claims

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Expert panel says Canada needs to ‘up its game’ on climate data to better adapt

January 13, 2022 Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A new report suggests Canada is not doing enough to adapt to and prevent the effects of climate change and is lacking the critical data it needs to do so.   “I mean, 2021 has really now been a