Practice

Public Alerting in Canada – Bridging the Gap

By: Dan McArthur and Cynthia Weeden Since early 2015, numerous emergency response agencies, governments, academics and others across Canada have supported the need for Wireless Service Providers (WSPs) to start using their systems to carry public alert …

Helping Canadian communities reduce urban heat islands

Children playing in Captain John Wilson Park in Windsor, Ontario. This park has been retrofitted with a splash pad, gazebo, water fountains and trees. Photo courtesy of City of Windsor By Gregory R.A. Richardson and Jay Storfer The term ‘urban heat isl …

SaskAlert: Emergency public alerting, the Saskatchewan way

In the summer of 2016, tornadoes swirled in Saskatchewan skies. Below, alarms buzzed on residents’ smartphones, notifying them about the emergency situation and advising them on how to stay safe. It has been a year since Saskatchewan implemented SaskAl …