Spending a Billion #cdnpoli

Many homes and lives were recently destroyed in Alberta last week. Warnings about where, and how to build homes were not heeded.

A former Alberta MLA who headed up a flood mitigation task force after the 2005 floods says new development should not have been allowed to spring up in the flood zones.

“The one thing they could have done … they should have stopped building some housing and buildings on the flood plains. And that was a strong part of that report,” George Groeneveld, who chaired the flood mitigation committee and report, told CBC News.

“If you’re going to build in those areas, you take on the responsibility yourself. That to me was the strength of the report, stop building where we shouldn’t be building.”

Hmm, adaptation doesn’t work, if no one heeds reports, or pays for infrastructure that works in the long term.

Canadian insurance companies are facing unprecedented growth in claims and payouts for water-related home damage, and industry experts lay the blame squarely on climate change.

In 2009, insurance payouts nationwide totalled $5.3-billion, with more than half of claims being paid for extreme weather events.

Yet Calgary and elsewhere built where it was not reasonable to do so.

Sale of flood-prone Crown lands creates the potential “for increased financial liability for the province in terms of Disaster Recovery Program funding that must outweigh the short-tem financial benefits of the sale,” the report stated.

The Premier has announced a billion dollars in emergency aid. How long until the next emergency?

CALGARY — Alberta has approved $1 billion as part of the first phase of emergency recovery and reconstruction for flood-ravaged communities.
Premier Alison Redford said the province has vowed to provide for more than 100,000 displaced southern Albertans.
“Today we’re taking action,” she said Monday.
To help the people who are still displaced and can’t go home, the province will provide pre-loaded debit cards that will help with their immediate housing needs and day-to-day purchases.
Those who qualify will receive $1,250 per adult and $500 per child.
The funding has been allocated from Alberta’s Contingency Fund.

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Can’t help it if no one is listening to the experts.

Alberta’s flood emergency will soon pass; the global state of emergency won’t. Climate change is the emergency we’ll be dealing with for the rest of our lives. We must all quickly wake up to the dangers of warmer planet.

4 responses to “Spending a Billion #cdnpoli

  1. To be fair, virtually all of the damaged areas in Calgary are ones that have been developed for decades—Inglewood and Sunnyside and other areas are at least 100 years old. There are developments like Cougar Creek in Canmore that certainly are new and should have heeded the advice of the flood mitigation task force.

    High River floods almost every year. I simply can’t understand why they keep rebuilding there. Ditto for the Red River Valley, the Mississippi River valley and others. Annual floods. Annual declarations of surprise. Annual rebuilding. One big collective D’OH!

  2. Saskboy,

    Flood Insurance is not available in Canada, anywhere in Canada, for Homeowners. Private, Provincial and Federal Plans only cover Farms and Business.

    If, as noted in the news article, Insurers are claiming:

    “Canadian insurance companies are facing unprecedented growth in claims and payouts for water-related home damage, and industry experts lay the blame squarely on climate change.

    In 2009, insurance payouts nationwide totalled $5.3-billion, with more than half of claims being paid for extreme weather events.”

    Private Insurers cover waterleaks, broken pipes, blown water heaters, City mains, ( not storm drains) rupturing and of course, sewage water backups. Not floods.

    Then too, Private Insurer’s were partially deregulated in the 90’s, and allowed to diversify the funds held to cover liabilities, from only cash and bonds, to include stock portfolios, so of course they promptly lost the money on the Stock Market. To regulate against this happening, Government then went and reduced the amounts they had to hold, and increased the percentage they could bet on the Stock Market, ( and other Weapons of Fiscal Destruction).

    Now of course, for most Insurers, this years Insurance fees, pay last years claims, ( and overhead, Stock Dividends and CEO Bonus’s0

  3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23154073
    “The Earth experienced unprecedented recorded climate extremes during the decade 2001-2010, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.

    Its new report says more national temperature records were reported broken than in previous decades.

    There was an increase in deaths from heatwaves over that decade.

    This was particularly pronounced during the extreme summers in Europe in 2003 and in the Russian Federation during 2010. “

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