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Canadian farmers pushed to the limit by this summer’s heat and drought

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It’s a hot, dry summer for most of Canada, which is great for trips to the cottage and dog days by the beach. After two years of unusually cool, wet summers, it seems like a welcome change. But hot, dry weather is for farmers just another iteration of abnormal weather conditions. Farmers rely on normal weather, and it’s nowhere to be found in Canada again this year.

Droughts have been declared in coastal British Columbia and conservation authorities in regions of southern Ontario and Quebec have issued water advisories. Agricultural land in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is parched, just as in the interior of British Columbia. In Toronto, Ontario there have been more than a dozen days of temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius, where the average is four such days. Where 71.5 mm of rain is expected there, they have received 26.4. Canadians say they are suffering from “weather whiplash”, seeing opposite scenarios of unseasonal and unexpected weather back-to-back each year.

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Under Construction

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It is said that the road to success is always under construction. But what if the construction itself must be delayed or come to a halt entirely? A construction company can try to schedule its work around favourable weather conditions, but there is only so much that can be done if Mother Nature is being disagreeable. Traditional risk management solutions such as severe weather management guidelines and liability insurance have been inadequate in insuring against the delays and increased costs associated with the effects of inclement weather on a job site. Fortunately, new industry solutions are now available to address the increasingly significant risks affecting the construction industry.

It is considered one of Canada’s most enchanting places, where the mountains meet the sea. One might alternatively spot a moose, bald eagle or pilot whale while strolling the world-famous Cabot Trail coastline. The complex habitat of norther Cape Breton Island is diverse, its natural wonders and cultural treasures drawing tourists from near and far each summer. Of course, it would not be a true Canadian summer without seeing the other all-too familiar local summer highlight though: the ubiquitous roller, the screed, asphalt raker, or stone spreader.

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Heat waves and the cool risk management solutions for companies affected by them

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An ice cream parlour that closes in the throes of summer, refreshing soft drinks and beer being eschewed by customers when the mercury soars… What to make of consumer behaviour and how businesses compete and manage their risks in the summer months

Nestled in a quiet neighbourhood on the picturesque Ile St. Louis, in Paris, France, is possibly the most celebrated ice cream maker in the world, so well-known for its artisan quality and variety of ice creams and sorbets, lines routinely stretched around the block to its discrete bistro. This iconic glacier is a celebrated and essential component of the Paris experience, for aficionados and tourists alike. Yet, in the hottest month of the Paris summer, when ice-cream is undoubtedly the most in demand, and visitors are arriving in droves to the capital eager to sample this incontournable classic, Berthillon remains, in what can only be described as one the greatest snubs of capitalism, firmly, resolutely, even aggressively, shut. An ice cream parlour closed, the entire month of August. Sacrilège!

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