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Employees Get Dirty Helping Communities Prepare for the Effects of Climate Change

Oct 08, 2014

Media Release

Attention Assignment Desks


(Brampton, October 7, 2014) Though climate change is a global issue with long-term consequences, 100 employees and brokers representing Intact Financial Corporation will be taking local action to address the effect of climate change right now.  On October 9, 2014 Intact Financial staff and brokers will join Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) in planting 500 native trees and shrubs as part of the Alfred Kuehne Channel Naturalization Project, within the Etobicoke Creek Watershed in Brampton.  The 500 metre channel naturalization project is one of the biggest restoration projects in Brampton and part of a multi-year climate change initiative, supported by Peel Region, to naturalize rivers and streams that were lined with concrete decades ago.

"At Intact, we want to support our communities through contributions that will have a lasting, positive environmental impact," said Michelle Dodokin, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Intact Financial Corporation.  "The TRCA has provided a great opportunity for Intact employees to help the City of Brampton adapt to climate change through the restoration of the Alfred Kuehne Channel."

Failing channels can lead to uncontrolled and extreme erosion and flooding that may place property and infrastructure at risk. The Alfred Kuehne Channel Naturalization project has removed much of the concrete, return the creek to a natural state, and reconnected it with the floodplain, all of which dissipates stress on the channel during high flows.

The next step of the restoration project is to restore 12,000 Sq metres of valley land with native trees and shrubs. These plantings will help to stabilize the banks of the creek, prevent erosion during heavy rainfall periods, provide a natural buffer along the creek, help shade the creek during summer months, provide habitat for local wildlife and help improve natural corridor connections with areas upstream and downstream of the project site.

This planting event is supported through funding from Intact Financial Corporation and the University of Waterloo. Funding was provided to 20 climate change adaptation projects initiatives across the country, involving the implementation of designed to reduce the physical, financial and social impacts of extreme weather events.

"TRCA is pleased to work with the Climate Change Adaptation Project, Intact Financial and the University of Waterloo to ensure that actions are being taken to make our communities more resilient and better prepared," said Chandra Sharma, Watershed Specialist, Etobicoke-Mimico & Senior Manager, Climate Programs, Toronto and Region Conservation.

What: 2014 Intact Insurance Team Volunteer Day: Environmental Restoration Tree Planting and Education Event. Learn about the priority restoration planting site, its importance to the natural environment and the restoration activities.

When: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Time: 9:45 am - 10:17 pm Opening remarks and Photo Opp.

10:30 am - 2:00 pm tree planting and interpretative hike

Where: Alfred Kuehne Natural Channel Project: Alfred Kuehne Blvd and Advance Blvd.  Bramalea GO Overflow parking

 

Who: Chandra Sharma, Etobicoke Mimico Watershed Specialist, TRCA; Rick Portiss, Manager, Environmental Monitoring Projects, TRCA; Blair Feltmate, Chair, Climate Change Adaptation Project; Mike Kosturik, Regional VP, Toronto Region, Intact Financial Corporation; Jeff Walker, VP Sales and Business Development Ontario, Intact Financial Corporation; Michelle Dodokin, VP Corporate Affairs and Communications, Intact Financial Corporation,  and Rosalind Morrow, Chair, Board of Directors, The Living City Foundation.

About Toronto and Region Conservation

With 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

About The Living City Foundation

The Living City Foundation is a registered charity (Business #11903 9493 RR0001) that supports the work of Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). TRCA and The Living City Foundation are working to build The Living City: A Cleaner, Greener Healthier Place to live. For more information visit us at www.thelivingcity.org

About Intact Financial Corporation

Intact Financial Corporation (www.intactfc.com) is the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada.  Intact offers home, auto and business insurance through Intact Insurance, belairdirect, Grey Power, Jevco and BrokerLink.

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Media Contact:

Rowena Calpito

Supervisor, Public Relations, Toronto and Region Conservation

Tel: 416-661-6600 Ext. 5632 E-mail: rcalpito@trca.on.ca

 

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