Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Environment Commissioner's Five Recommendations on Handling Severe Weather

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Environment Commissioner's Five Recommendations on Handling Severe Weather

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Audit recommendations on severe weather

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OTTAWA - Julie Gelfand, the commissioner of environment and sustainable development, has issued her spring report, warning that the federal government must act to deal with the impact of severe weather events, from floods to extraordinary snowfalls. Following are her five recommendations:

-- Environment Canada should consult decision-makers to clarify how intensity-duration-frequency curves should be produced. These curves look at the probability of extreme weather events. The department agreed to do so.

-- Public Safety Canada should develop guidelines and standards for mapping flood plains, or areas vulnerable to high waters. The department agreed and is working to develop a national perspective on flood mapping. …

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