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Canada’s Winter Weather Predictions, 2018-2019

Mid-way through September, many parts of Canada are still enjoying warm, summer temperatures while other places have already received their first snowfall of the season. In the GTA this weekend, residents will be able to enjoy a sunny, warm. By sharp contrast, Alberta and B.C. are under snowfall and freezing rain warnings over the next several days. So just what does this winter season have in store for the country? Here are a few of Canada’s winter weather predictions for 2018-2019. According to The Farmer’s Almanac, this winter forecast will be very, very cold and very, very long. While most of […]

B.C. Wildfires Effects on Health

The Situation On Wednesday, British Columbia declared a state of emergency as firefighters have been battling over 500 wildfires – a huge increase from the 150 at this time last year. Now, officials believe the only thing that can help is rain. Extreme heat, drought, and lightening are top causes of the increase in activity, according to Lori Daniels, a forest ecology professor at the University of British Columbia. There are over 20,000 people affected by evacuations and alerts, with over 3,000 people under evacuation orders in B.C. Human Impact In addition to the people ordered to leave their homes […]

How Hot Will Canada Get?

The last three years have been the hottest on record, according to Reuters, with 2017 being the most expensive in terms of severe weather events. In California, firefighters are still working to put out the largest fire in the state’s history. 2018 will likely be the fourth-hottest year on record. In Canada, over 70 people have died from deadly heat waves already this year. Global warming is likely to blame, and according to the New York Times, the new normal of hot isn’t here yet; temperatures will likely continue to rise in the years to come. In Canada, heat records […]

The Worst Products for Recycling

Starbucks recently announced their plans to eliminate plastic straws from stores worldwide by 2020. They will instead be using a strawless lid for cold drinks. For those with need, Starbucks will offer an alternative straw made from paper or compostable plastic. Starbucks’s headquarters is located in Seattle, a city which just started a ban on plastic straws. In Canada, Vancouver has also passed a ban on plastic straws which will begin in the fall of 2019. In recognition of the harm that plastics and other materials have on the environment, we have compiled a list of the worst products for […]

Disasters & Mental Health

DKI Canada is a disaster restoration company, and as such, we spend a lot of time communicating with people involved in losses – flooded basements, fire damaged homes, mould-infested rooms, and more. Our priority is ensuring people are taken care of in terms of restoring their home or business to proper, working condition while minimizing losses and damage caused by fire, flood, wind, snow, or mould. Here on the DKI Canada Blog, we hope to give homeowners and those in the industry alike a look into environmentally-friendly tips and tech and ideas for keeping your home in mint condition on the day-to-day […]

How AI Will Disrupt the Insurance Industry

“AI” (Artificial Intelligence) has been a hot topic recently – everything from self-driving cars to smart home assistants like Alexa and Siri are riding a wave of huge interest from the general public. But homes and cars aren’t the only thing changing with advanced technology in the AI sector. The insurance industry is one ripe for disruption, and what better way to disrupt it than with artificial intelligence? AI is being hailed as a monetary saviour for insurance companies and policyholders alike, able to transform the insurance industry wholly. In this post, we’ll take a look at three ways the insurance […]

How to Build Your Family’s Emergency Preparedness Kit

It’s finally warming up through much of the country, and with the spring comes warm weather, blossoming flowers, and beautiful…thunderstorms?! Spring in Canada can bring severe weather in the form of lightening, tornadoes, and subsequent flooding. Ontario battled a wind storm this week which caused thousands to be out of power for hours, and caused the death of two people. While we all love being outside without our winter jackets, the sun on our face and breeze blowing through our hair, take a moment this week with your family to ensure you are prepared in the event of severe weather […]

Going Green for Spring

While it doesn’t feel like it for many Canadians, we’ve been “enjoying” spring for a few weeks now. Temperatures are struggling to rise, no one has put away their winter jackets just yet, and snow isn’t totally out of the question for April. But in the spirit of springing things along and getting into the new bloom spirit, let’s take a look at a few ways you and your family can go green for spring. When you’re cleaning out your winter closet, and going through warm weather items that you will no longer wear this year, don’t throw them out! […]

5 Ways to Slow Down Climate Change

The past few weeks, we’ve discussed varying ways climate change impacts the environment, including the weather, and therefore the human population: From mental health impacts to technology needed in more severe weather events, to what types of insurance homeowners should purchase for use in catastrophic events. Today, let’s talk about practical ways we can all reduce our carbon footprint, and thus slow down climate change. Go Beyond Recycling. We all know that recycling paper, plastic, glass, and metal is helpful for the environment. But wouldn’t it be even better if we didn’t have much to put in the blue bins? […]

Flood Insurance: Are You At Risk?

Just a few days ago in Southern Ontario, the community of Thamesville, ON had a voluntary evacuation due to flooding and a state-of-emergency was declared due to heavy rain and melting snowbanks. Many Canadians live in high-risk flood zones but don’t know it. A report from last year estimated that the majority of Canadians are not aware their houses are at risk from being flooded, and therefore they are not prepared for the event of a flood-related disaster. This is mainly because of lack of information, or knowing who to ask: Accurate and up-to-date flood maps can be hard to […]

Drones & Disasters: Not Just for Pretty Pictures

Last week we started our first of new weekly blog posts focusing on environment, technology, and that way it could impact you and your family. This week we discuss drones and the unique way they are helping people and their homes in times of crisis, including natural disasters. Drones are relatively new technology for the average person  – the United States first used a drone to fly over Afghanistan in 2000, but it was just in 2014 that Canada started a campaign for safety awareness for personal (or, recreational) drones. Now we are all more or less familiar with the […]

Climate Change and Mental Health

At DKI Canada, we want to focus on issues that are important to you, the homeowner. In keeping with that desire, we will be posting weekly blog articles on environment, technology, and the way it could impact you and your family. This week we begin with climate change, and how it can affect mental health. Climate change is a change in climate patterns, believed to be brought about by the use of fossil fuels, such as coal or gas. It has a direct impact on our environment – weather extremes, flooding, droughts, and more natural disasters. But more evidence is […]

New Years Resolution: Home Edition

It’s that time of year where everyone focuses on what they want to improve in the coming 12 months. A chance to start fresh and begin again. A lot of resolutions are centred around self-improvement, but since we’re the restoration folks, we’ve got five resolutions to improve your home! 1. Check for leaks! Many sources of water leaks are obvious – a dripping faucet is likely to be caught easily. But some aren’t so apparent: Toilets can be a not-so-obvious water leaker, for example. Toilet flapper valves are a source of hidden leaks, as are pipes (corrosion is a big factor here). […]

Christmas Lights in Canada: Five Best Cities

Christmas is just around the corner – we have finally reached the ten day countdown! With all of the hustle and bustle of buying gifts for family and friends, stocking up on ingredients for Christmas meals, sending Santa the kids lists, and booking your holiday travel, it can be hard to find time to slow down and actually enjoy the holiday spirit. One of the best ways to spend time with your family while savouring the Christmas climate is also one of the simplest. Christmas light viewing! So without further ado, check out five of the best cities in Canada […]

Five Tips to Prepare for SAD

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. When you wake up in the morning and it’s still dark outside, it can be tough to start your day on the right foot. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD – what a great acronym…) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, usually starting in fall, continuing on through winter, and finally dissipating in the spring. It can make you feel tired and moody. Unfortunately, humans don’t get to hibernate and sleep the dark, cold seasons away. But we’ve got some great tips to brush off […]

Top 5 Worst Canadian Winters

With meteorologists predicting that this winter will bring with it above normal snowfall and normal (in other words, freezing) temperatures to most of Canada, in scholarly preparation, let’s take a look back at the top five worst Canadian winters in recorded history (we admit: opinions may vary). 2013-2014: Not so long ago, we had a nasty winter spread across the country in the form of a polar vortex. Manitoba had its coldest temperatures in 35 years, much of the Great Lakes were covered in ice (which hadn’t taken place for decades), and Regina broke a 130-year-old record: -36° C. Toronto […]

Fall Lawn Care in Five

Winter is coming (are you tired of hearing that yet?), and soon most of our lawns will be blanketed in snow. It’s easy to forget about your yard when you’re not dragging the mower out every week, and your only time outside is running from your warm car to your warm house. But with some simple prep now (while it’s not bone-chillingly cold yet), you can ensure your yard is looking great when all that snow starts to melt in the spring! Below, find five easy ways to make sure your lawn stays in tip top shape. Feed it! Start […]

Five of the Most Haunted Places in Canada!

With the warm, enjoyable temperatures spread over most of Ontario, it’s hard to believe it’s nearly November! But the end of October is just around the corner, and with it comes the fun-filled and spook-tacular Halloween holiday. If you’re tired of your usual trick-or-treating routine, or your kids are now easily-bored teenagers, take a look below at some of the most haunted places in Canada. Maybe you’ll take a road trip and spot a ghost this Halloween (or just check out some really cool, old architecture). Keg Mansion in Toronto, Ontario Built in 1867, this steakhouse has a troublesome past. […]

The Importance of a Pro: Restoration Edition

5 Reasons to Call in a Professional    So, you’ve just experienced a homeowner’s worst nightmare: A disaster that’s left your home flooded, gutted, or burned. And now, to save a few bucks or maybe just to take on complete control of the project, you’re thinking of restoring it yourself. You might wanna think again. Below are five important reasons you should bring in the pros for any major home restoration. Drying is key. If your home has suffered from water damage, quick and efficient drying of all interior space is essential. Moisture that you may not be able to […]

Disaster Restoration: What Exactly Is It?

Today is the International Day for Disaster Reduction – a day to promote risk-awareness and limit disaster risk exposure, and to focus on reducing disaster-related mortalities. In honour of this important day, we at DKI Canada wanted to give a brief overview of our services, and what exactly “disaster restoration” means. Disaster Restoration Disaster restoration is an emergency service for your home or business. After a natural disaster strikes and once people are safe and removed from the disaster area, home and business owners need a plan to clean up, restore, and possibly rebuild their structure. That’s exactly what the […]

A Quick History of Canadian Thanksgiving

A Quick History of Canadian Thanksgiving (In which we could use your help – see below) Thanksgiving is this coming Monday (10/9), and while it’s nice to have a day off and stuff our faces full of turkey, it’s also worth taking a look at the history of the holiday. The American version of the feast seems to dominate the Thanksgiving market (…and in their opinion, every market), but unfortunately for our neighbours to the South, they come in second here. Canadian Thanksgiving traces its roots to 1578 and a seaman named Martin Frobisher, compared to America’s Thanksgiving origin story […]

Winter is Coming: 5 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home (While Saving Money)

While fall means the arrival of the often-celebrate, often-mocked PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte, if you’re of a certain age), it also means it’s time for many Canadians to start the yearly ritual of ensuring their home is prepped for the plunging temperatures to come. That’s right. Winter is coming. To get you in the winter spirit (or not), let’s take a look at five easy ways to winterize your home. Furnace comes first! Before you start blasting that beautiful warm air through your halls, take a look at your furnace. You’ll probably want to clean or change the filters before […]

DKI Canada Appoints Chris Schmidt to the Position of CEO

DKI Canada Ltd announces a new leadership appointment that will further its development and expansion. “The handover and smooth transition from Ken Tucker to Chris Schmidt, comes at an important stage in DKI Canada’s development,” stated Dany Roy, Chairman of the DKI Canada Board. “Ken’s tenure left a strong legacy during a critical time for the company, with a far-reaching transformation that changed the face of the executive team, repositioned the company strategically, as well as turned the information management and compliance system into a benchmark for the industry. On behalf of the Board, I thank Ken for his leadership […]

10 Must See Places In Canada

From great towering cities to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, these Canadian destinations are captivating, containing some of the greatest cultural heritage in the world.

Happy Canada Day!

July 1st has come again and it’s time to celebrate Canada Day. As one of the biggest holidays of the year, Canada Day commemorates the unification of the three original Canadian colonies into a single Canada. The unification came under the enactment of the Constitution Act of 1867, which facilitated the merging of the Province of Canada into four provinces. This act finalized the reclamation of the Canadian constitution from the British parliament and the British North American Act. Modern Significance portance of commemorating Canada Day as a symbol of national unity is important to this day since well into […]

Helpful Summer Safety Tips

Summer is the season for outdoor activities. From vacations to backyard barbecues, summertime is generally a relaxing and enjoyable time for people to get outdoors and recreate. As summer gradually becomes official over the next couple of weeks, it is worth considering some helpful safety tips for homes and businesses. While summers in many regions are a low time for severe disasters, risks are always present and there are a variety of other more common things to take into account as the temperatures warm and the days fill with activity. Here are a few useful safety tips for summer. Be […]

Sparklean DKI and PHS Disaster Services DKI join forces on Large Loss

Recently, two of our strong members; Sparklean DKI and PHS Disaster Services DKI joined forces in Alberta to help with a large loss cleanup. The project was extremely successful and we were able to showcase the restoration skills that DKI Canada is known for, and ensure a timely completion for this very large project. DKI Canada is a proud leader in regional disaster cleanup and restoration, now serving over 65 locations across Canada. Large losses are tough work and sometimes require a coordinated response. We understand the importance of combining forces at times to ensure a large project is completed quickly and with the highest quality work. […]

The Benefits of DKI Affiliation

Disaster cleanup is a tough job, but we’re happy to do it. DKI has spread throughout North America, becoming the biggest restoration contracting organization in the continent. Our affiliates are constructed of the best property damage and restoration owners. There are many factors that have contributed to the success of DKI, but what sits at the heart of it all is the dedication to customers and quality work. Take a look at some of the top reasons to join DKI, taking with you this title. The Benefits Becoming a DKI member is a career path full of benefits. Among the […]

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B.C. Wildfires Effects on Health

The Situation On Wednesday, British Columbia declared a state of emergency as firefighters have been battling over 500 wildfires – a huge increase from the 150 at this time last year. Now, officials believe the only thing that can help is rain. Extreme heat, drought, and lightening are top causes of the increase in activity, according to Lori Daniels, a forest ecology professor at the University of British Columbia. There are over 20,000 people affected by evacuations and alerts, with over 3,000 people under evacuation orders in B.C. Human Impact In addition to the people ordered to leave their homes […]

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The last three years have been the hottest on record, according to Reuters, with 2017 being the most expensive in terms of severe weather events. In California, firefighters are still working to put out the largest fire in the state’s history. 2018 will likely be the fourth-hottest year on record. In Canada, over 70 people have died from deadly heat waves already this year. Global warming is likely to blame, and according to the New York Times, the new normal of hot isn’t here yet; temperatures will likely continue to rise in the years to come. In Canada, heat records […]

The Worst Products for Recycling

Starbucks recently announced their plans to eliminate plastic straws from stores worldwide by 2020. They will instead be using a strawless lid for cold drinks. For those with need, Starbucks will offer an alternative straw made from paper or compostable plastic. Starbucks’s headquarters is located in Seattle, a city which just started a ban on plastic straws. In Canada, Vancouver has also passed a ban on plastic straws which will begin in the fall of 2019. In recognition of the harm that plastics and other materials have on the environment, we have compiled a list of the worst products for […]

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Disasters & Mental Health

DKI Canada is a disaster restoration company, and as such, we spend a lot of time communicating with people involved in losses – flooded basements, fire damaged homes, mould-infested rooms, and more. Our priority is ensuring people are taken care of in terms of restoring their home or business to proper, working condition while minimizing losses and damage caused by fire, flood, wind, snow, or mould. Here on the DKI Canada Blog, we hope to give homeowners and those in the industry alike a look into environmentally-friendly tips and tech and ideas for keeping your home in mint condition on the day-to-day […]

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How AI Will Disrupt the Insurance Industry

“AI” (Artificial Intelligence) has been a hot topic recently – everything from self-driving cars to smart home assistants like Alexa and Siri are riding a wave of huge interest from the general public. But homes and cars aren’t the only thing changing with advanced technology in the AI sector. The insurance industry is one ripe for disruption, and what better way to disrupt it than with artificial intelligence? AI is being hailed as a monetary saviour for insurance companies and policyholders alike, able to transform the insurance industry wholly. In this post, we’ll take a look at three ways the insurance […]

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How to Build Your Family’s Emergency Preparedness Kit

It’s finally warming up through much of the country, and with the spring comes warm weather, blossoming flowers, and beautiful…thunderstorms?! Spring in Canada can bring severe weather in the form of lightening, tornadoes, and subsequent flooding. Ontario battled a wind storm this week which caused thousands to be out of power for hours, and caused the death of two people. While we all love being outside without our winter jackets, the sun on our face and breeze blowing through our hair, take a moment this week with your family to ensure you are prepared in the event of severe weather […]

Blossoming cherry blossoms in a blue sky background

Going Green for Spring

While it doesn’t feel like it for many Canadians, we’ve been “enjoying” spring for a few weeks now. Temperatures are struggling to rise, no one has put away their winter jackets just yet, and snow isn’t totally out of the question for April. But in the spirit of springing things along and getting into the new bloom spirit, let’s take a look at a few ways you and your family can go green for spring. When you’re cleaning out your winter closet, and going through warm weather items that you will no longer wear this year, don’t throw them out! […]

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5 Ways to Slow Down Climate Change

The past few weeks, we’ve discussed varying ways climate change impacts the environment, including the weather, and therefore the human population: From mental health impacts to technology needed in more severe weather events, to what types of insurance homeowners should purchase for use in catastrophic events. Today, let’s talk about practical ways we can all reduce our carbon footprint, and thus slow down climate change. Go Beyond Recycling. We all know that recycling paper, plastic, glass, and metal is helpful for the environment. But wouldn’t it be even better if we didn’t have much to put in the blue bins? […]

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Flood Insurance: Are You At Risk?

Just a few days ago in Southern Ontario, the community of Thamesville, ON had a voluntary evacuation due to flooding and a state-of-emergency was declared due to heavy rain and melting snowbanks. Many Canadians live in high-risk flood zones but don’t know it. A report from last year estimated that the majority of Canadians are not aware their houses are at risk from being flooded, and therefore they are not prepared for the event of a flood-related disaster. This is mainly because of lack of information, or knowing who to ask: Accurate and up-to-date flood maps can be hard to […]