Disaster

Disaster


In Halifax, a city surrounded by forests, citizens call for wildfire escape routes

WINNIPEG — The ceremony that saw Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew and his cabinet ministers sworn in at the province’s new horticultural showcase cost $19,600 and was almost held outside, information obtained by The Canadian Press shows. The newly elected NDP government, having ended seven years of Tory rule, opted to hold the Oct. 18 ceremony […]

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Newfoundland university threw open its doors to Titanic dive operator, emails show

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A research institute at Newfoundland and Labrador’s Memorial University threw open its “proverbial doors” last year to the company that owned the doomed Titan submersible, less than a year before the vessel suffered a catastrophic implosion while diving to the Titanic shipwreck. Emails obtained by The Canadian Press show officials with […]

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Policy gaps contributed to deadly gondola crash at Quebec’s Tremblant ski resort

MONTREAL — A deadly collision between a gondola and a drill rig at Quebec’s Mont Tremblant Ski Resort in July occurred, in part, because of incomplete procedures governing how construction equipment was to be moved on the property, a labour inspector has concluded. A Canadian soldier, Sgt. Sheldon Johnson, 50, of Kingston, Ont., died in […]

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B.C. aware of dike problems before destructive flooding in 2021, documents show

Officials with the British Columbia government and the City of Merritt were aware of significant problems with dikes for several years before a series of atmospheric rivers flooded the community, documents released through a freedom of information request show. The documents obtained by the B.C. office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives show a […]

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Canada ‘trailing partners’ on securing vital utilities and services: internal memo

OTTAWA — A newly released federal memo concedes Canada is “trailing key international partners” who have updated their approaches to securing vital utilities and services from a growing array of risks. The Public Safety Canada memo says “new and rapidly evolving threats pose a greater risk of harm to Canadians and their cyber, economic and […]

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Northwest Territories under threat by wildfires — and lack of local news

Residents of the Northwest Territories are feeling the effect of the news vacuum on Facebook as they flee communities that are under threat by wildfires. But industry observers say the regional media landscape was barren long before Meta — Facebook’s parent company — pulled news content from its platforms in Canada, and that the current […]

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Nuclear threat from Ukraine war prompts Ottawa to update plans for catastrophe

OTTAWA — Canada is dusting off and updating emergency protocols to deal with fallout from a possible tactical nuclear exchange in Europe or the spread of radiation across the ocean from a Ukrainian power plant explosion. Internal Public Safety Canada notes show the measures include updating a highly secret plan to ensure the federal government […]

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Old Montreal fire: Inspectors cited building owner multiple times before deadly blaze

MONTREAL — Inspectors from the Montreal fire department reported multiple fire code violations during visits to an Old Montreal heritage building in the years leading up to a fire last March that killed seven people. Documents released by the City of Montreal under access to information laws show that inspectors cited the building’s owner, Emile-Haim […]

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Climate change threatens Canadian security, prosperity, warns stark spy agency brief

OTTAWA — Canada’s spy service warns that climate change poses a profound, ongoing threat to national security and prosperity, including the possible loss of parts of British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces to rising sea levels. A newly released analysis by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service also foresees an increase in ideologically motivated violent extremism […]

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Feds say ‘no willing partners’ to bring fire codes onto First Nations — including AFN

OTTAWA — The federal government does not have a willing partner to find a way to introduce fire codes on First Nation reserves, a newly released document shows. The senior director for the Indigenous Fire Marshal Service, however, says there are steps Ottawa can take now to better protect communities. “Doing nothing is not an […]

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