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The Globe and Mail, October 2, 2021: Heat waves are getting more deadly. Canada needs to be ready

“Climate heating will make such heat waves worse in the coming decades. Scientists say the Pacific Northwest heat dome was so unusual that it lies “far outside the range of historically observed temperatures.” But if the planet warms by 2 degrees, it could happen twice a decade.”

“Extreme heat is not something that most Canadians have had to worry about in the past. The many deaths on the West Coast this summer are a grim warning of what may lie ahead, but they didn’t have to happen.”

Caroline Metz 

Water Canada, September 29, 2021: Caroline Metz joins Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation as managing director

“’Caroline will advance the business case for climate adaptation initiatives of the Intact Centre across Canada,’ said Dr. Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation. ‘She will focus on how adaptation to limit physical climate risk translates into economic impact and jobs creation in Canada.’”

“Prior to joining the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, Metz held management consulting roles at Ramboll (formerly ENVIRON), PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte. She also led the strategic planning and implementation of innovative healthcare programs at Sinai Health and Cancer Care Ontario.”

Caroline Metz 

Environment Journal, September 27, 2021: New managing director for Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation

“The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation has welcomed Caroline Metz as the new Managing Director, Economics and Resiliency. The centre is located at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.”

“Metz has over 20 years of project leadership experience working with organizations in the public and private sectors in Canada and the United States, in healthcare and environment arenas, to solve complex business problems and implement systemic change.”

Man looking out window 

The Globe and Mail, September 25, 2021: Extreme, deadly heat in Canada is going to come back, and worse. Will we be ready?

“In 2021, Canadians sweated through oppressive temperatures that killed hundreds in the West. The heat also showed us where we must adapt to survive, from emergency responses to urban design and climate policy.”

“July of 2021 was the world’s hottest month ever recorded, according to global data recently released by U.S. federal scientists. And unless we take steps now, heat will claim more lives as the Earth continues to warm.”

Suncor oil sands facility 

The Globe and Mail, September 12, 2021: Let’s manage climate risks, not disasters

“Globally, the last decade was hotter than any period in the past 125,000 years, and Canada is heating at twice the global average. Preliminary data suggest that extreme heat at the end of June caused 70 per cent of sudden and unexpected deaths in B.C.”

“Canada has developed practical and cost-effective guidelines to protect us against extreme weather risks such as flooding, fire and heat. With these guidelines in hand, the time for talk is over. We need immediate action.”

House flooding 

Canadian Underwriter, August 19, 2021: Intact Centre, Insurance Bureau react to latest Liberal election promise

“Effectively what we would have is one-stop shopping. A person could give a homeowner an evaluation of their home from the perspective of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions to be more energy-efficient, while protecting it from the threat of basement flooding,”

“The logic of it is taking the EnerGuide program and expanding it to incorporate into an assessment of vulnerability of homes, including outside of property and basement, pertaining to flood,” Feltmate said Thursday of the latest Liberal election promise.

Blair Feltmate Headshot 

CBC News, August 10, 2021: ‘No going backwards’: How Waterloo region can prepare for extreme weather, climate change

With a sweeping United Nations report again warning about the irreversible effect of climate change, a University of Waterloo professor says the region needs to ready itself for extreme heat and flooding in the years to come.

“Should we lower greenhouse gas emissions? The answer is yes, and that’s the proper thing to do,” said Blair Feltmate, head of the Ontario university’s Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.

“But we also need to prepare for the extreme weather that is coming at us, that is more extreme than we’ve experienced to date, for which there is no going backwards.”

Car Driving through flood 

Kitchener Today, July 26, 2021: UW Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation shares residential basement flood prevention tips

Aiming to help local residents avoid the “psychological stress” of a flooded basement, the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation has assembled several home flood protection tips – ranging from low cost DIY maintenance to serious contractor upgrades.

Dr. Blair Feltmate is the Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, and calls residential basement flooding the “number one cost” due to climate change in Canada “by far”, while also being one of the most easily solved challenges.


CTV News, July 19, 2021: Low-income, racialized neighbourhoods hit harder by extreme heat, scientists say
Montreal researcher Joanna Eyquem, who examines extreme heat, agrees. She said shoring up more green spaces could increase property values, and therefore plans must ensure they don’t inadvertently price out lower-income and racialized people.“I really see extreme heat as a compounding factor of inequality,” said Eyquem, managing director of climate-resilient infrastructure at the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation in Waterloo.Eyquem also noted Canada First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations live in areas in northern Canada, where temperatures are rising as much as three times as much as the rest of the world.


CBC Listen, July 19, 2021: How can individuals and communities become more resilient to climate change?

June was the hottest month ever recorded in Saskatchewan. Forest fires are raging in the north, crops are drying up in the fields, and cities have been under heat warnings. Some scientists are warning that climate change is making heat waves longer, hotter, more likely, and more dangerous. So, how can we better prepare for future heat waves and protect the most vulnerable? We were joined by Joanna Eyquem, Managing Director of Climate Resilient Infrastructure for the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation and Ian McCreary, Bladworth-area grain and cattle farmer who co-chair of a taskforce on agriculture and climate change.

Last Updated: October 5, 2021 @10:20AM

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