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Harjit Sajjan replaces Bill Blair as Canada's minister of emergency preparedness

Before taking office in 2015, Sajjan served as a detective with the Vancouver Police Department and a lieutenant colonel with the Canadian Armed Forces.

N.W.T. declares state of emergency, Ottawa ups wildfire assistance

In the wake of the N.W.T.'s territorial state of emergency declaration yesterday, the federal government announced new personnel, funding and procurement supports.

Homeless, impoverished at risk during B.C. heat wave, advocates warn

Record-breaking temperatures moved into southern B.C. on Sunday and then spread, prompting heat warnings and special weather statements across southern and central B.C.

Opposition call for independent review of N.S. flooding preparedness, response

Opposition politicians and the mayor of a Nova Scotia municipality devastated by floods say the province should order an external review of the response.

Indigenous communities need resources for emergency preparedness, prevention: NDP

The NDP is calling on the federal government to invest in emergency preparedness for Indigenous communities in the midst of a devastating wildfire season.


From blue bird to black swan: What X means for disaster and emergency management

Tiana Putric explores how X’s new policies will require disaster and emergency management officials to adapt their strategies and tools. » Read More...

How to initiate a local EM volunteer program: Southern Ontario CERT Part 2

In Part 2 of his feature on the Niagara Community Emergency Response Team, Grant Durfey explains how to establish and retain CERT volunteers. » Read More...

Opinion: Weather forecast accuracy is crucial in a heat wave

Derek Lemoine, Jeffrey Shrader, and Laura Bakkensen explain how their research found that even a one-degree difference in a forecast’s accuracy can be the difference between life and death. » Read More...

Yellowknife publishes emergency evacuation framework

The document lists the types of evacuations, a three stage evacuation process, as well as supports for vulnerable people. » Read More...

Saskatchewan Government Insurance says 'catastrophic weather events' led to lower profits

The company listed frequent "catastrophic weather events" among the main challenges it faced in the last fiscal year. » Read More...

NS Power ups tree-cutting budget to help reduce hurricane caused outages

Nova Scotia's electric utility says its plans to nearly double its tree-trimming budget should improve reliability in electrical service when the next hurricane strikes. » Read More...

B.C. funds evacuation-route, public-notification planning in 19 communities

The B.C. government is putting $880,000 towards development and upgrading of emergency evacuation-route and public-notification plans. » Read More...


Opinion: We have to get off the disaster hamster wheel

“We need to understand what we are doing wrong with new construction if we want to stop paying for ever-larger catastrophes,” write Glenn McGillivray and Keith Porter with the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. Read their op-ed on why we are on, and need to get off, the disaster hamster wheel. » Read More...


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Disaster Forum

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