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Canada's Infrastructure Crisis is... real?

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Canada's Infrastructure Crisis is... real?
By Trey • Issue #10 • View online
As you may notice, roundups have a bit late. That was kind of on purpose - a lot of stuff has been happening, and I wanted to get this right before I sent it out.
Suffice to say, it’s been a busy (few) week(s). The biggest story, at least that I’m watching, is the incredible weather events that have occurred in Western Canada.
Let’s get into it.

Here's What I Watched This Week
The weather system that rolled through British Columbia (and parts of the northwestern United States) has absolutely devastated the… same areas that were devastated by fires a few months ago. Fantastic.
A Climate-Induced Storm
  • Estimates peg that areas of BC received upwards of 200 millimeters of rain over the course of a few days, which is… roughly the same amount of rain the same areas receive in entire months.
  • Combine that with unstable areas that had ongoing construction (for a fossil fuel pipeline, no less), and areas that were missing natural land barriers from major wildfires this past summer… and you have perfect conditions for not one, not two, but three landslides. (Update: I think this was retracted to only two landslides, but alas, the three stayed here.)
The impacts will be measured for years to come, but we all saw pictures of roads washed away, rail hanging on by threads, municipal infrastructure flooded, and much more. There was a few deaths reported; too many.
  • In all honesty, I can’t think of a reason why BC’s emergency alert system wasn’t used. That’s an atrocious failure right up to the top level of provincial governance.
  • The response seemed to be good, you had first responders on the ground in a matter of hours.
  • There was incredible stories of people coming together, from communities delivering food to those stranded, to hundreds of people helping to sandbag around infrastructure to keep damages from getting worse. Great stuff.
On to the supply chain stuff: the impact will probably be a measurable hit on Canada’s GDP, but I can’t imagine anything significant. The direct costs of the storm, including cleanup and infrastructure repairs will undoubtedly make this the costliest disaster in Canadian history, but trucks and trains can go down south into the U.S. for a bit. And to boot, a lot of the highways that were closed down in B.C. have started to reopen.
The Roundup (for the last 2 weeks)
It’s been a busy few weeks for climate news, between the disasters in B.C., and the end of COP26 in Glasgow. Here’s what we got (with limited commentary this week because of…time constraints):
Can the news get any more depressing? Challenge accepted, onto supply chains:
There’s only a few security stories that I’ve kept (many browser) tabs on recently, but here they are:
Favourite Pieces of the Last Few Weeks
First off, a podcast recommendation: Notes on the Crises Podcast #1 with Joe Weisenthal on Supply Chains. Highly recommend if you’re interested in even remotely anything I touch on in this newsletter.
And yeah, there’s been some funny happenings and stories this week:
And the most interesting/best/funniest headline stories of the week:
And last, but certainly not least, I was featured in a piece on my research focus, in case you missed it:
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