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B.C. government invests over $10.5 million in Fraser Valley flood mitigation

March 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of British Columbia has announced a $10.5 million investment in dike and pump upgrades to the Fraser Valley Regional District’s Nicomen Island diking system as part of more than $80 million in emergency preparedness funding announced on March

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Square One finds it ‘surprising’ how many renters go without home insurance

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A survey indicates that most renters in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia have home insurance, Square One Insurance Services Inc. suggested Monday. The Vancouver based firm “recently surveyed over 1,500 renters in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.” More than a

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Economical Insurance gross written premiums up 4.8% in Q4 2016 to $521.8 million

February 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Economical Insurance has reported that gross written premiums (GWP) for the fourth quarter of 2016 ending Dec. 31 grew by $23.8 million, or 4.8%, to $521.8 million from $498 million in Q4 2015. In particular, personal lines premiums grew by

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ICBC launches education campaign on insurance fraud

February 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced on Monday that it has launched an education campaign aimed at helping to prevent insurance fraud. ICBC said in a statement that while most claims are honest, insurance industry studies estimate that

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British Columbia highway closed after avalanche

February 8, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. – No one was hurt when an avalanche rolled over the Trans-Canada Highway in southeastern British Columbia early Wednesday morning. Jamieson Harbottle, the fire chief in nearby Field, B.C., said no vehicles were hit by the slide.

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Canadian auto sales to edge down in 2017: Scotiabank

February 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian auto sales are expected to edge down to 1.94 million units in 2017, coming off four consecutive record years, according to the Scotiabank Global Auto Report, released on Tuesday. Despite the beginning of a sales recovery in the resource-rich

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Chief in Bella Bella, B.C. demands action on wildfire near coastal community

February 6, 2017 The Canadian Press

BELLA BELLA, B.C. – The chief of a village near British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest says members of the First Nations community fought a wildfire on their own this weekend after they were unable to get help from provincial government

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B.C. government launches incentives for zero-emission vehicles

February 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines has announced an investment of $40 million to encourage British Columbians to “make the switch to zero-emission vehicles, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support investment in made-in-B.C. green technology.” Bill Bennett announced the

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Blast of winter smashes snowfall records in Abbotsford, Vancouver

February 6, 2017 The Canadian Press

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Snowfall records across southern British Columbia are falling as a winter storm continues to wallop the region. The white stuff has been flying since Friday, prompting Environment Canada to issue snowfall warnings for many areas along the

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Canadian railways need ‘physical fail-safe capabilities’ to reduce collision risk: TSB

January 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada reiterated Wednesday its recommendation for “additional physical defenses” on railways in case crews fail to obey signals. On Sept. 6, 2015, a Canadian Pacific freight train enroute from Revelstoke, B.C. to Saskatchewan hit a

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Canadian non-life insurance market poised for 2017 profit recovery: Fitch

January 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian non-life insurance industry is likely to return to an underwriting profit in 2017, according to Fitch Ratings’ new report on the Canadian non-life insurance market. Following a significant improvement in 2015 underwriting performance, the market in aggregate will

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Damages claim against provincial energy board a ‘dramatic jurisprudential development:’ Judge

January 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision leaves “open the possibility that members of a quasi-judicial regulatory board could be sued for damages” by someone accusing that board of violating their constitutional rights, a constitutional law professor told Canadian Underwriter