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Canada’s worst-case wildfire scenario could see a $20-billion loss: RMS

May 13, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canada could potentially see $20-billion loss events from wildfire alone, according to recent simulations by Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS). The odds of that happening would be “extremely rare, on the order of a 1-in-10,000-year return period,” Michael Young, vice

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How the feds’ budget benefits the P&C industry

April 20, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers are hoping it will be easier for homeowners to borrow money to raise their structures in areas at risk of flood or to replace roofs in wildfire-prone regions as a result of the federal budget announced Monday. In her

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‘Expensive, extreme:’ Environment Canada releases annual Top 10 weather stories list

December 16, 2020 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

It was another year of record-breaking disasters and crazy, dangerous weather from coast to coast, says Environment Canada’s senior climatologist. A vicious hailstorm in Calgary wrote off more cars than Albertans normally buy in an entire year. Heat in Ontario

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Wildfire damage is not like a Godzilla attack. Why that matters to Cat modellers

December 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A client’s structure can remain standing after a wildfire, even when other buildings in the same neighbourhood burn down, because dozens of factors affect a property’s risk, experts said Thursday during a webinar. “The interesting thing about wildfire is [that]

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Western Canadian air tanker fleet busy despite drop in wildfires

October 19, 2020 Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

RED DEER, Alta. – A family-run company providing air-tanker support to control menacing wildfires in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Yukon is a little less busy these days, but it has nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. “It has

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Wildfire risk is elevated this year. Why the pandemic made it worse

August 7, 2020 by Adam Malik

The central and Pacific coast of British Columbia could see an increased risk of wildfires this year, a new report predicts. And COVID-19 restrictions could make the risk higher, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty warned in its 2020 Wildfire Report,

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Who’s getting funding for new research in wildfire prediction, responses

July 31, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A university located in the heart of one of British Columbia’s most volatile forest fire regions will lead new research in wildfire prediction, prevention and response. Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was chosen for the research that

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How wildfire crews are avoiding COVID transmission

June 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Changing the way firefighters eat their meals in camps, having masks on hand, and social distancing are among the precautions the Saskatchewan government has taken to ensure it responds to disasters with the ongoing pandemic. “In Saskatchewan, we have already

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Dry conditions in Nova Scotia fuelling three large wildfires

May 27, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Provincial officials in Nova Scotia are warning about the potential for forest fires in dry, humid conditions as firefighters battle three significant wildfires across the province. The fires burning Tuesday follow a weekend blaze near Porters Lake east

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COVID 19 pandemic adds risk to wildfire season: B.C. forests minister

May 21, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

NEW HAZELTON, B.C. – The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the danger of British Columbia’s wildfire season and the province’s forests minister says public help is crucial to reduce fires. Doug Donaldson says wildfires caused by humans are preventable and divert

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Federal scientists predict high wildfire risk across Western Canada

May 6, 2020 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – A majority of forests in Canada face a higher-than-normal wildfire risk this summer, say federal scientists. The forecast map from Natural Resources Canada suggests every region west of central Quebec will face an above-average hazard. “We’re starting to

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How this reinsurer views property risk in Fort McMurray

May 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some properties affected by the current flooding in Fort McMurray, Alberta, were also affected by the massive wildfire in 2016 but despite the multiple tragedies, the properties are still considered insurable. “Property in the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta is