Two years after Calgary’s great flood, what is being done to prepare for the next one?
Calgarians didn't have to travel thousands of kilometres to sunny resorts to ride the waves this summer. Instead, surfing
It's amazing to see the progress Alberta has made since the deluge of water that devastated many areas in the southern Alberta
New statistics published by the Alberta government this week show just how far the province has come since the deluge of
Alberta flood victims living in a temporary housing project in Calgary have been given eviction notices. According to the
Give yourselves a hand, fine folks of Alberta – you've been voted 2013's newsmaker of the year. National news website Canada.com
Calgarians are quite happy with how their city is being run, especially with how the city handled response to June's floods
Over 1,000 planners descended in Vancouver this past week at Infuse, this year's conference for the Canadian Institute of Planners. Most everyone can agree that climate change is occurring, with some debates raging over whether it is happening quickly or slowly. We reached a significant milestone this May when carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. The question is no longer how we can stop climate change from happening, but what we can do to adapt and rebound from its effects, a concept called resilience.
It's been a wet blanket of a summer for many Canadians to say the least, which means summer playlists need a change of tune. In case rocking out to "Surfin' Safari" seems but a cruel joke, we created a list of soaking-wet songs that will have you blaming, kissing and taking shelter from the rain. If you can't beat it, you might as well sing about it, right?
Like the floods recently seen in Alberta, many causes of debt disasters are not foreseeable and enact considerable emotional and financial devastation. Their onset can be rapid and quickly overwhelming, with the damage permanent or requiring years to repair.
One week after a massive flood washed away homes, roads and highways, leaving the national park town virtually cut off, Banff
They look tired, muddied and wet but resilient and determined in their demeanor. When Calgary photographer Shaun Robinson
Alberta is about to mop up a massive mess. Mother Nature has shown us, in no uncertain terms, who the boss is. The ferocity of the floods we are facing is mind-boggling. Tens of thousands of people are displaced, countless homes and businesses are damaged, and an infinite number of dreams, plans, and schedules have been washed away. It is devastating.
RCMP released photos taken by by frontline officers of the devastation and chaos that floodwaters caused in southern Alberta
As the people of southern Alberta begin to put their lives back together, the question has become whether this historic disaster could be the result of climate change. The answer from scientists has been a resounding "maybe." Yes, record high temperatures in the north caused the weather pattern that brought about unprecedented rainfall at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. But no single weather pattern, no matter how rare, can be attributed to climate change. However, in the case of Calgary itself, there is another lesson to be learned -- it's time to start listening to scientists.
Sitting thousands of kilometres from my home province of Alberta watching floods wash over memories, friends and family I was numb. Over years of working to raise the alarm on climate change I watched hundreds of extreme weather events wreck coasts, communities and lives around the world, but now it was literally striking my home, and I was paralyzed.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper flew to Calgary Friday to assess the extent of damage caused by floods sweeping across southern
Can we say the recent flooding and extreme weather in Southern Alberta and B.C. were caused by global warming? Maybe not, but we can say we should expect more of the same -- and worse if we don't do something to get our emissions under control. As many scientists warn, climate change isn't coming; it's here. We may be able to adapt to and cope with some of its current effects, but it will become increasingly difficult if we continue to ignore the need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, through conservation and switching to cleaner energy.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is being praised for his calm, steady actions during the floods that have hit his city. Nenshi
It's frightening to think that the current flooding situation in Alberta is worse than the floods of 2005. The June 2005