Deficit exposes need to weatherproof Ottawa's budget, expert warns - Ottawa - CBC News

By Laura Osman, CBC News Ottawa, August 31, 2017

An environmental economist says it's time to weatherproof Ottawa's budget in the face of climate change, as the city grapples with a projected $11-million deficit for 2017.

The red ink was precipitated in part by record rainfall, flooding and heavy snowstorms.

Ram Sahi, a former Carleton University professor, said massive swings in the amount of snow and rain caused by climate change will make it difficult for cities to know how much money to set aside for snow removal, flood cleanup and other weather-related costs.

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