Highlights / disaster

Environment, International

Canada stands ready to assist hurricane-stricken Bahamas, say officials

Ottawa has dispatched federal government officials to the Bahamas to assess the situation as the Caribbean island nation ramps up rescue efforts in the wake of a devastating hurricane that killed at least seven people and damaged or destroyed thousands» 

Economy, Indigenous, Internet, Science and Technology

Canada history: Aug 29, 1907 Quebec Bridge tragedy (No.1 of 2)

It was, and still is, the longest cantilever bridge in the world but one with a tragic history. The Quebec Bridge at 987 metres long (3,238 ft) spans the St. Lawrence river between the south shore city of Levis and» 

Health

Tainted blood scandal comes to life in tv series, book

In what has been called Canada’s worst-ever preventable public health disaster, thousands of Canadians were infected with HIV and hepatitis C through tainted blood transfusions in the 1980s and 90s. The public broadcaster, CBC, has produced an eight-part television series» 

Environment, International, Society

Disaster costs increasing worldwide: UN

A United Nations report found that between 1998 and 2017, disasters cost affected countries $2.245 billion US and 77 per cent of that was climate-related. Overall reported losses from extreme weather events rose by 151 per cent between that period» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Global Water Futures conference: Water problems seeking solutions

Its becoming more common to hear of unexpected flood disasters, drought disasters, and lack of safe drinking water, not only in Canada, but around the world. A major initial gathering to discuss issues concerning water is wrapping up a four-day» 

Economy, International, Society

History Canada: Dec. 6, 1917: WWI strikes Halifax

Worst domestic tragedy in Canada, the biggest man-made, non-nuclear explosion in history. In was December 6, 1917 and deadly war in Europe still dragged on with its massive destruction and horrific toll in lives. Canada’s east coast port city of» 

Society

Jury selection begins in deadly Lac-Mégantic train disaster trial

Four years after a runaway train derailed and exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, killing 47 people, the criminal trial for the three men charged in one of Canada’s worst railway disasters is set to begin this morning with» 

Environment, International, Society

Lessons for all to learn from Hurricane Harvey

After a major hurricane struck the U.S. state of Texas in 2009, authorities proposed to build levees to protect the coast from the Texas-Louisiana border all the way down to Freeport. But work never started and if it does, it» 

Health, International, Society

A call for action after clothing factory disaster

Today is the fourth anniversary of the collapse of a factory in Bangladesh which killed 1,130 workers and injured 2,500. Since then, activists have tried to get 72 clothing and shoe retailers around the world to divulge the names and» 

Environment, International, Society

History: Oct 24, 1918 – The SS Princess Sophia disaster

It’s not the worst maritime disaster in world, or even  Canadian history, but it certainly is among the most tragic. Over 344 people waited for a day and half aboard the stricken SS Princess Sophia for help they could see»