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A woman and children who were stranded by high water due to flooding are rescued by a volunteer operating a boat in Abbotsford, B.C., in November 2021. The Insurance Institute of Canada forecasts that annual insured losses from natural disasters could increase to $5 billion within the next 10 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Insurance isn’t enough: Governments need to do better on natural disaster resilience

Although insurance is important in natural disaster recovery, government and property owners also play an important role in protecting Canadians against the impact of catastrophic weather events.
A portion of the Coquihalla Highway near Hope, B.C., is destroyed following heavy rains and mudslides in B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. floods reveal fragile food supply chains — 4 ways to manage the crisis now and in the future

Food supply chains had already taken a serious hit by panic-purchasing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The B.C. floods remind us how effective supply chain management planning can help avert crises.
Indigenous leadership, community members and allies of Treaty 8 territory of northeast B.C. converge on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to protest Site C hydroelectric dam projecton in 2016. The dam is located on BlueBerry First Nation territory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

What a landmark court victory for B.C. First Nation means for Indigenous rights and resource development

Is this decision a real ‘bombshell,’ as it has been depicted? Or does it represent an important step towards the implementation of UNDRIP within provincial and federal legal framework?
Wildfires not only trigger evacuations, they limit the possible escape routes. (BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, TranBC/flickr)

We can’t predict the next wildfire disaster – but we can plan for it

Efforts to predict wildfire risk and to prioritize mitigation efforts aren’t enough. We must prepare for fire disasters wherever possible and decide what we’ll do when they happen.
People across Canada, including this scene in Edmonton, have left shoes and candles at public displays in recognition of the discovery of children’s remains at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

No longer ‘the disappeared’: Mourning the 215 children found in graves at Kamloops Indian Residential School

Ground-penetrating radar located the remains of 215 First Nations children in a mass unmarked grave, revealing a macabre part of Canada’s hidden history.
Older racialized and low-income adults in rural British Columbia were initially left out of the media’s early COVID-19 coverage. (Shutterstock)

In early media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults in rural areas were neglected

Older adults in rural areas in Canada are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19, including related ones like social connections and public health information outreach.
A resident chats with workers at Orchard Villa Long-Term Care in Pickering, Ont., in June 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

Resistance, innovation, improvisation: When governments fell short during COVID-19, long-term care workers stepped up

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the scarcity of resources in long-term care. But it has also revealed how staff are undervalued.

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