Tag Archives: disaster

Yukon reports high chance of spring flooding as record-setting snowpack persists

WHITEHORSE — Yukon's snow survey shows record-high snowpacks in many of the basins the territory monitors, creating a high potential for spring flooding. The Snow Survey Bulletin released Monday shows eight of 11 basins have the highest recorded May 1 ...

Manitoba government announces disaster aid relief as flood worries continue

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government said Monday it would offer financial aid for flood victims as wet weather threatened to raise rivers again and prolong an already soggy spring. The province expects to spend well over $10 million under Disaster Financ...

Thirty years after Westray disaster, families say justice still rare in worker deaths

NEW GLASGOW, N.S. — Family members who lost loved ones in the Westray coal mining disaster in Nova Scotia marked the 30th anniversary Monday, while continuing their calls for more criminal prosecutions of workplace deaths. Genesta Halloran-Peters, who ...

‘Trust us’ isn’t enough to win confidence in Emergencies Act inquiry: law’s author

OTTAWA — In the late 1980s, as then-defence minister Perrin Beatty was drafting new legislation to replace the controversial War Measures Act, one man’s words were on his mind. The man was Robert Stanfield, the former leader of Beatty’s Progressive Con...

Forced to relocate to a flood plain: Manitoba First Nation says protection is overdue

WINNIPEG — The marshy delta of Manitoba's Fisher River was not the original home of Peguis First Nation. But having been relocated there more than a century ago after an illegal land transfer, and facing increased flooding in recent decades,

More warm, dry weather helps flood fight in Manitoba: government forecaster

WINNIPEG — Days of warm, dry weather appear to be helping the fight against flooding in Manitoba. The Fisher River, which has spilled its banks and forced some 1,400 people from the Peguis First Nation to leave their homes, is at

Construction to begin on flood mitigation project west of Calgary

CALGARY — Nine years after a catastrophic flood caused billions of dollars in damage to parts of Calgary and surrounding communities, work is to begin on a dam to protect the area from rising water in the future.  Premier Jason Kenney

More homes flooded, more people leave Peguis First Nation in Manitoba

WINNIPEG — About 200 more people left Peguis First Nation on Wednesday and dozens of workers poured into the community as floodwaters continued to threaten it and other areas of Manitoba. The Fisher River had come up a little overnight before

Automated cellphone warnings part of Alert Ready test in parts of Canada today

Cellphone users in several provinces and all the territories may be surprised by an automated emergency alert today, but participating governments say it's only a test. The exercise is part of a scheduled trial of Alert Ready, a system used

Yukon hydrologist concerned about flood risk after cold April, record snowpacks

WHITEHORSE — The senior hydrologist with Yukon's Department of Environment says there is a concern for flooding with record-high snowpacks in many of the basins the territory monitors. Holly Goulding says spring weather is critical to predicting the fl...