Millions Of Homes Are At Risk Of Wildfires, But It’s Rarely Disclosed

Jennifer Montano watches her two kids’ faces as they quietly clamber out of the car in their driveway in Vacaville, Calif. It’s been a week since the children were last home, but where their house once stood, there’s ash and rubble now.

In August, the Montanos’ house was destroyed by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire, one of more than 10,000 structures lost in record-breaking blazes across the West this year.

The children start walking around the pile that remains. Almost nothing is recognizable. The fridge is a charred metal box. Montano pulls up a tangle of wires and realizes it used to be their piano. “Our goal is to make sure they feel this as little as possible,” she says.

Her 10-year-old daughter, Aliyah, uncovers a red and green ceramic mug. “Yay, part of Christmas survived,” she says. It’s an unofficial rule that many fire survivors discover: Usually all you

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Akron’s Cedarwood Valley Office Park, once valued in millions, sells for $975,000

George T. Simon, a one-time restaurateur turned attorney, usually gets passing mentions as one of several investors in Northeast Ohio real estate deals and is regarded as a maverick in the commercial property business.

However, his push into the Akron real estate market with the purchase of the five-building Cedarwood Valley Office Park is different.

Through 1725 Merriman LLC, the address of one of the structures, the group paid $975,000 cash, according to Summit County land records, for the troubled, high-vacancy office park.

Simon, in phone interviews, said the other investors are members of his family, and he serves as managing partner.

“I’d call it a one-man band, but it’s really a five-piece band,” Simon said, referring to his brothers Michael and Joseph, sister Geraldine and daughters and sons. Simon’s family members run Simon’s full-service restaurant in Brecksville and LA Pete’s, a diner in Independence. His daughter Stephanie Bartos is

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COVID-19 could cost Canadian universities millions, even billions: Statistics Canada

MONTREAL – Canadian universities could lose as much as $3.4 billion this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada has projected, in large part due to a decrease in the number of foreign students.

In a report published this week, Statistics Canada tried to estimate university budget losses for the 2020-2021 school year.

Tuition fees make up an increasingly large portion of university revenues, the agency said. In 2013-2014, tuition fees accounted for 24.7 per cent of school funding, while they made up 29.4 per cent in 2018-2019.

The largest portion of university revenue comes from government funding, at 45.8 per cent.

Statistics Canada said the increase in the proportion of tuition fees was caused by a growing number of foreign students, who pay higher tuition — almost five times as much as Canadian citizens.

In 2017-2018, foreign students alone paid about 40 per cent of all tuition fees.

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