AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ian Campbell Posted Nov 28, 2015 8:07 am MDT 660 NEWS We need a national flood program: Insurance Bureau of Canada A big move this week by the Insurance Bureau of Canada – which took the step of calling for a national flood program to be led by the private sector.The speech was made at an Economic Club of Canada event – the IBC credits climate change in driving up the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.The Calgary flood in 2013 alone was declared Canada’s costliest-ever natural disaster.President and CEO Don Forgeron says mitigation and preparedness is vital.“Making the coverage available certainly is important, but that’s not going to solve the problem, obviously. We’re really just talking about a more mature, disciplined way to compensate Canadians.”He adds it will need a multi-pronged approach complete with the upgrading of aging infrastructure.
CALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says it has saved industry hundreds of millions of dollars in recent years through a host of process tweaks and efficiency measures, more than offsetting levies companies pay to fund the provincial watchdog.AER spokeswoman Carrie Rosa said the cost-saving tally for industry over the 2015-16 fiscal year came in at between $411 million and $448 million, exceeding its target of $400 million. In the previous year, the savings were $267 million, surpassing a $60-million target.Those figures were verified by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.In 2014, the industry levy was $243 million. Last year it fell to $240 million in response to the downturn and Rosa said it’s expected to be reduced even further this year.“Our focus isn’t just about saving money. It’s also about reducing duplicative processes and finding new approaches to regulatory oversight,” Rosa said.While AER operations are funded by industry, the Alberta government approves its budget.The AER was founded in 2013, taking over from its predecessor, the Energy Resources Conservation Board, and encompassing functions that used to fall under Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.Many of the savings have been achieved through the AER’s “near-term action program,” which launched in 2014 in an effort to make the regulator more efficient through initiatives that can deliver results quickly.That program was not a response to plunging oil and gas prices, but the industry has nonetheless welcomed its streamlining effects as it contends with the worst downturn in three decades.The most beneficial changes to industry have centred on highly technical matters that CAPP vice-president Brad Herald admits are “not very sexy” but add up to big savings.“We pivoted from a growth picture to more of a cost-savings picture and these are really meaningful at times like this and the work’s appreciated,” he said.The near-term action program involves taking a “risk-based approach,” which means “prioritizing regulatory activities so that the most significant risks receive the greatest attention,” according to the AER’s most recent annual report.A briefing note prepared by the AER for the office of Alberta’s deputy energy minister said $356 million to $379 million was expected to have been saved by March 31 of this year as a result of the near-term action program.The note was obtained by The Canadian Press through an Alberta freedom of information request.“The AER has taken a number of actions to ensure its operations are fiscally responsible in response to low oil prices,” the note said.Another measure has been to freeze the pay of staff and keep its overall head count steady at 1,200.Rosa said the AER instituted the salary and hiring freezes during the 2015-16 fiscal year. That is to continue through 2017-18, as per a provincial government announcement last week that salaries would be frozen across all agencies, boards and commissions.Rosa said the AER is saving a minimum of $23.4 million through the salary freeze.Outside of the near-term action program, there are a couple of other pilot projects on the go meant to boost efficiency, including one that allows the AER to accept one application for multiple activities.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2016 10:23 am MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2016 at 3:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Big savings at Alberta Energy Regulator welcomed by industry amid downturn
The World Food Programme (WFP) convoy transported just over 750 tonnes of food and nutrition supplies up the Sobat river, a major tributary of the White Nile. This meant negotiating access and security guarantees to allow safe-passage for the vessels through the Greater Upper Nile region, where thousands of South Sudanese people have been displaced by the war, said WFP.The opening of more viable delivery routes helps us to reach more people, and get to them more efficiently – Adnan Khan, WFPLife-saving aid for the isolated counties of Ulang, Luapiny and Nyirol, was previously only delivered by airdrop, which costs around six times more than using river or road transport. The first convoy was loaded in Renk, composed of one barge and 11 smaller vessels that transported supplies of sorghum, pulses, vegetable oil and porridge – enough to sustain 40,000 people for one month. According to a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report, backed by multiple UN agencies, 6.1 million people in South Sudan – approximately half of the population – face severe food shortages.Millions of people don’t know where their next meal is coming from”, said Adnan Khan, WFP’s Country Director in South Sudan. “They urgently need humanitarian assistance. Without it, they face serious challenges. The opening of more viable delivery routes helps us to reach more people and get to them more efficiently.”In response to these growing humanitarian needs, WFP is now providing emergency food supplies to 5 million people using road, air and river routes.