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Flooded homeToronto Sun, August 12, 2022: Climate change a growing concern

Re/Max’s new report cites an Intact Centre report released in February that found flooding has pushed down housing prices in communities across Canada. Over the past eight years, catastrophic flooding in communities resulted in an average 8.2 per cent reduction in the final sale price of houses, 44.3 per cent reduction in the number of houses listed for sale and 19.8 per cent more days on market to sell a house.

CTV News, August 10, 2022: Stricter regulations needed as Montreal sees more heat waves per year

Public health officials are warning that deadly heat waves are becoming more common and people need to learn proper ways to deal with them.

“I have signed up myself to WeatherCAN and it seems I’m getting heat alerts every week,” points out Joanna Eyquem, managing director of Climate-Resilient Infrastructure.

CTV News, August 7, 2022: Extreme heat posing health concerns for Ottawa’s homeless population
Experts say the extreme heat is worse in downtown areas because of what they call an “urban-heat island-effect”. “That basically absorbs the heat and makes the surfaces much hotter and they re-emit the heat so overnight. It could be 12 degrees hotter in urban settings than other areas,” said Joanna Eyquem, managing director of Climate Resilient Infrastructure at Intact Centre at the University of Waterloo.
Toronto Star, August 3, 2022: ‘There’s just no escape’: As temperatures soar, should air conditioning for tenants be a human rights issue?

As temperatures rise due to climate change, heat waves disproportionately impact Toronto’s vulnerable low-income communities who have little to no access to air conditioning and live in areas with limited parks and shaded outdoor areas, said Blair Feltmate head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo.

“In lower income areas of the city, parks are fewer in number and there are less trees available. Heat in these areas can be particularly problematic,” said Feltmate.

Toronto Star, February 21, 2022: Homeless population among those most affected by extreme heat

“The same way we accept, as a human right, that people will have warmth and comfort in the winter, we have to start thinking about access to being cool in the summer,” says Feltmate.

“It’s not just a matter of of being comfortable, it’s literally a matter of life and death.”

Vancouver Sun, July 6: Climate crisis a consideration for more than half of Canadians when buying a home: poll

Nearly half—49 per cent— of respondents are worried about the impact that forest fires, flooding and other climate change-related events will have on their neighbourhood and community over the next five years.

The report cites a pan-Canadian study completed by the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, which investigated whether community-level flooding affects Canadian residential real estate.

Global Newswire, July 5: Integrating climatic mitigation and adaptation measures into a national housing strategy could improve neighbourhood liveability and housing affordability through to 2027

“The reality is many home buyers and sellers, do not have a fulsome understanding or awareness of a property’s climatic risk,” says Elton Ash, Executive Vice President, RE/MAX Canada. “Transparency in the home buying and selling process, including disclosure of how key climatic factors influence a home and community is an important step towards protecting Canadians in their home buying journeys now and in the future.”

Steve Paikin at table with The Agenda logo onscreen behindThe Agenda with Steve Paikin, June 30: Why Are Deadly Heatwaves on the Rise?

The World Meteorological Organization has called heatwaves the “deadliest meteorological hazard” in the world. The climate change-fueled effects have led to record-breaking temperatures, from India to British Columbia, where last summer more than 500 Canadians died in more than 40-degree Celsius heat. The Agenda welcomes experts to discuss what can be done to prevent and manage the harshest effects.

Sunny Surrey Skyline Art by Kristen FrierThe Runner, June 1: City of Surrey develops project to be heat ready

Eyquem says there are specific parts in the country that experience extreme heat.

“There’s the valleys of B.C., this is the southern prairies and then around the Great Lakes down the St. Lawrence River to Montreal, but within there it’s the urban areas that are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat, because artificial surfaces heat up and retain the heat and then give it out and basically maintain hot temperature,” she says.

The Alan Carter Radio Program ThumbnailThe Alan Carter Radio Program, May 25: Aftermath of Saturday’s storm unveils how unprepared Ontario is

Alan chats with Joanna Eyquem, Managing Director of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo.

Broken Tree in a yard in front of a houseGlobal Newswire, May 24: Many Ontario residents could be waiting several days for power after weekend storm

Joanna Eyquem, managing director of climate-resilient infrastructure for the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, said efforts to slow climate change mean we are becoming more reliant on electricity and it is more important than ever to safeguard the power grid against major breakdowns.

Global Newswire, April 20: The Ultimate Code Red: Preparing Canada for Extreme Heat

“Warming and more intense extreme heat will be present for decades to come,” said study co-author Joanna Eyquem, managing director of Climate Resilient Infrastructure. “If an extreme-heat event coincided with an extended electricity outage — with no fans or air conditioning running — loss of life could easily jump to the thousands.”



Financial Post, March 9, 2022: The adaptation gap: While money pours into emissions reduction, it’s proving harder to find the billions needed to get ready for a changing climate

“The Intact Centre is seeking to lay some of the groundwork. A recent project drew on real estate records to put numbers on the effects of a recent flood on a community’s property values. Comparing similar neighbourhoods, Feltmate said, it found a flood depressed prices by 8.2 per cent, reduced listings by 44.3 per cent and meant properties stayed unsold 19.8 per cent longer.”


Financial Post, February 15, 2022: Homes sell for 8.2 per cent less after catastrophic floods
 “For most homeowners, their house is their biggest financial investment. As this report clearly shows, an all-of-society effort to protect that investment from the growing threat of flooding would be of great benefit to many Canadians.”Study co-author Dr. Blair Feltmate said, “Canada must learn to manage flood risk, rather than chase it. Recognizing that residential flooding is the most costly and pervasive impact of extreme weather, municipal planners should double-down on ensuring that adaptation factors into community design.”

Last Updated: July 11, 2022 @3:20 PM