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Society

British Columbia braces for second wave of flooding

Parts of southern British Columbia are bracing for a second wave of flooding after record water levels hit the area last week. Nearly 2,000 people had been ordered to evacuate from their homes by Monday and another 2,600 were on alert, »

Environment & Animal Life

First, there were record floods in the east, now record floods in the west

(public commenting open on all RCI stories, scroll to very bottom to submit and read other comments) Even as  historically record flooding begins to slowly recede in the east coast province of New Brunswick, massive flooding is occurring in British »

Society

Floodwaters in southern New Brunswick to continue to rise until Tuesday

Record-breaking floodwaters that have deluged huge swaths of southern New Brunswick are expected to keep rising for one more day before beginning to stabilize, provincial officials said Monday. Geoffrey Downey of the Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) said water levels along »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

New Brunswick flooding hits record levels

Floodwaters have surged past record levels in parts of New Brunswick, fed by a double whammy combination of rains and rapid snowmelt due to unseasonably hot weather, forcing authorities to close down the main highway connecting the province to Quebec »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

New Brunswick on high alert as floodwaters rise

Authorities in the Maritimes province of New Brunswick have put residents of several communities in the St. John River basin on high alert due to rising flood waters, especially downstream from Fredericton. The Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) in New Brunswick »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Could climate change create Canada’s next island province?

Canada’s east coast province of Nova Scotia is connected to the continent by a large isthmus, but it’s low lying and easily flooded. The idea that Nova Scotia could be cut off by water is a serious concern that has »

Society

Toronto Islands closed by flooding will soon reopen

The islands off the city of Toronto are a popular recreational spot and home to hundreds of residents, but they have been closed since early May due to flooding. Permits for parties and wedding receptions were cancelled and ferry service »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology

Putting a dollar value on wetlands

Scientists and environmentalists have long known that wetlands (marshes, bogs) mitigate climate extremes. They absorb water  when there’s excess rain, and retain and release water when there’s drought.  Wetlands are something like a weather “shock absorber”. Knowing that however hasn’t »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Ontario farmers vs. the weather

Not enough rain last year, too much this year Scientists have been saying for years that an effect of climate change is that extremes in weather will get more extreme. Ontario farmers would agree.  Last year, the major concern was »

Society

Toronto Island Park closed due to flooding

After a long winter, the temperature will climb to 29 degrees today in Toronto, but residents will not be able to indulge in the favourite warm-weather activity of visiting a nearby island. Toronto Island Park is closed and regular ferry »