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Flames destroy production facility at Blackwell Dairy in Kamloops, B.C.

June 15, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Fire has heavily damaged a dairy operation in Kamloops, British Columbia, that processes milk from farmers across the North Thompson and Shuswap Okanagan. Fire officials say the main production facility at Blackwell Dairy was destroyed in the

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Courts can award damages for mental injury without psychiatric diagnosis: Supreme Court of Canada

June 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected an argument by Insurance Bureau of Canada that a court should not award damages for psychological or emotional damage unless the plaintiff demonstrates the tort caused a “recognizable psychiatric illness.” In a recent

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Quebec homeowners face potential post-flooding woes: mosquitoes, critters, parasites

June 12, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Even as swollen rivers have receded in Quebec, some experts suggest historic flooding this year could mean critter and pest-related woes in months and years to come. For now, heavy water accumulation has created standing pools of water

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Flood watches issued for several B.C. rivers in wake of powerful storms

June 9, 2017 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Flood watches have been issued for several major waterways after torrential downpours hit parts of southern and central British Columbia. The River Forecast Centre says rivers throughout the Columbia and East Kootenay regions, including tributaries around Golden, Revelstoke

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May storms in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes caused hundreds of millions in damage and damaged more than 5,200 homes: Aon Benfield

June 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Several low pressure systems that brought heavy rainfall to portions of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes last month caused “hundreds of millions” in U.S. dollars and damaged more than 5,200 homes, according to Impact Forecasting’s latest Global Catastrophe Recap for

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Wildfire Grading Index launched following losses in Kelowna, Slave Lake and Fort McMurray

June 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS), a division of Opta Information Intelligence, has developed a new model for insurers to better understand the risk of wildfire-related losses. The model was developed after FUS studied the wildfire losses in Kelowna, Slave Lake and

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Forecast thunderstorms add to flooding concerns across southern B.C.

May 31, 2017 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Residents in several areas of British Columbia are bracing for severe thunderstorms as another round of wicked weather bears down on flood-weary regions. Environment Canada has issued severe thunderstorm watches for areas including the Shuswap and Okanagan east

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Two wildfires break out in British Columbia

May 24, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VERNON, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service is responding to two separate blazes that broke out on Tuesday, including one that has prompted an evacuation alert. A fire in the north Okanagan, northwest of Lumby, was fanned by high winds

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High winds add to flooding fears as storm approaches southern B.C.

May 23, 2017 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Flood-weary regions of British Columbia’s southern Interior are bracing for another battering, this time from high winds. Environment Canada has issued special weather statements for parts of Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver and most of the southern Interior, including

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Environment and Climate Change Canada releases technical paper on proposed federal carbon pricing options

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has released a technical paper outlining a proposed federal carbon pricing option for provinces that choose not to have their own system in place in 2018. A backgrounder from ECCC referenced the Pan-Canadian approach

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Safety management systems should be mandatory for all tug and barge operators: Transportation Safety Board of Canada

May 15, 2017 by Greg Meckbach

The federal transport department does not have an adequate inspection program for tug barge operations even though such operations can be riskier than conventional cargo-carrying vessels, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada suggested in a recent report. “Tug and barge

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Federal government introduces proposed Oil Tanker Moratorium Act for ports or marine installations in northern B.C.

May 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government has introduced a bill that would prohibit oil tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tonnes of crude oil or “persistent oils” from stopping, loading or unloading any of these oils at ports or marine installations in northern