In Canada Events 2010-11
Quite simply, and thankfully, Canada has not yet required the CVR to be activated. Still, there were some events that, if more severe, may have led to CVR activation:
Photograph of Red River Flood in St. Norbert, Manitoba
Source: Geological Survey of Canada,
photograph taken by G.R. Brooks.
Spring 2011 - Flooding in the west (MB & SK) and the east (QC & NB) - The CVR monitored the flood situation in many areas of the country and made provincial emergency management and response organizations aware of the CVR’s capacity to serve if needed.
Since spring flooding is an annual event in Canada, provincial planning is well developed and evacuations of humans and animals (livestock and pets) are usually undertaken well in advance of the event. The potential for an emergency requiring CVR services in these circumstances has been lessened by appropriate response planning and readiness.
September 2010 - Hurricane Earl in NS and NL - Though Hurricane Earl had the potential to be a major storm in the Maritimes, it reached land in NS as a Category 1 Hurricane and reached NL downgraded to a tropical storm. The CVR notified provincial emergency management authorities of the CVR’s availability to serve and also issued a limited, regional Stand-By Notice to trained CVR reservists. 33 Reservists were requested to stand by for potential service and over 50% responded within 24 hours indicating their availability. Hurricane Earl passed with minimal damage and the services of the CVR were not required.
June 2010 - Foot and mouth disease scare at pork plant in Red Deer AB - Quebec meat packer Olymel's hog processing plant at Red Deer was shut down due to a suspected case of foot and mouth disease. Fortunately, test results were negative and the plant resumed operations in late June 2010. Had a case of foot and mouth disease been confirmed, the CFIA would have led the response and potentially required CVR assistance.