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>>> Extreme weather patterns and record-breaking ocean temperatures have experts pointing to a potentially lethal hurricane season. Here's ctv's paul hollingsworth on the ominous outlook. >> Reporter: hurricane forecasters predict an above-average active hurricane season starting in june. >> We're trancesitioning from an el nino, which tends to lower the number of storms in the atlantic, into an el nina which tends to cause more storms in the atlantic. >> Reporter: there are already record temperatures for the atlantic ocean. Hurricanes draw energy from warm ocean water. >> It's really lining up to be an active season in the atlantic. >> Reporter: the 2024 hurricane forecast predicts 17 to 25 named storms, up from an average of 14. 8 to 13 hurricanes in the forecast is a jump from the average of seven. The forecast also calls for four to seven major hurricanes. The previous average is only three. Hurricanes making landfall are difficult to predict, even during an active season. But it's also worth noting 2022 was not an active season. It was an average hurricane season, but that was the year fiona made landfall here in the maritimes. Hurricane fiona caused more than $800 million in damage, leaving physical and emotional scars. >> People are very concerned. >> Reporter: emergency management crews are already busy prepping for the probability of future major storms. >> More generators, more flood response. We work closely with nova scotia power and our public works department. >> Reporter: previous hurricanes brought down trees and power lines, causing massive outages. >> You're just looking for trouble, so we know we're going to have a hurricane. We know we're going to have 100 kilometers an hour winds. >> Reporter: the canadian hurricane centre is urging people to be prepared. >> We're going to have storm surge, we're going to have heavy rains, strong winds. >> Reporter: if the hurricane forecast is correct, people living along the atlantic coast should brace for nasty and dangerous weather between june and november. Paul hollingsworth, ctv news, halifax. >> Heather: with just a few weeks left before mps break for summer, the liberal government is poised to put some high priority legislation on the fast-track. That includes the long-awaited framework for a national pharmacare plan. As ctv's annie bergeron-oliver reports, there's still concern the list of medications to be covered is too limited. >> Reporter: talks are intensifying on parliament where the liberals are trying to quickly pass new pharmacare legislation that could make many diabetes drugs and contraceptives free by year's end. >> Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau: right now, only a fraction of canadian women are eligible for prescription birth control at low or no cost through a public drug plan. >> Reporter: the liberals launched the first phase of their pharmacare plan in february. So far, no deals have been made with the provinces and territories. And quebec and alberta want to opt out. >> We're hoping it's not a photo-op. We're hoping it doesn't become just a hollow promise. But that's why we were concerned. Is it going to fall to the same kinds of issues that our drug strategy has. >> Reporter: while many health care advocacy groups are on side saying a universal pharmacare will improve the health of canadians, some who testified at committee this week said the list of medications set to be covered is too limited. >> For many under and uninsured individuals living with diabetes in canada, most of the commonly prescribed medications would not be covered by the proposed plan. >> Reporter: another concern brought up to mps, that the universal single payer model could disrupt existing private drug coverage. >> We fear that this could crowd out private payers, which currently cover the majority of canadians including one in three seniors. >> Reporter: the government's pharmacare legislation has the ndp support, so it will pass. The question now is when. Annie bergeron-oliver, ctv news, ottawa. >> Heather: coming up, canada on high alert. >> We're monitoring the situation very closely. >> Heather: the increasing calls for expanded surveillance on bird flu tied to cows. Plus a lost wallet turned accidental time capsule. [Song playing - Here Comes theHotstepper by Ini Kamoze] [people shaking the ice in their cups] [people shaking the ice in their cups] [people shaking the ice in their cups] (Opening Mnemonic) (music throughout) ( )

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