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Auto insurers, province dispute whether B.C.’s Bill 11 limits competition

July 9, 2020 by David Gambrill

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has published an open letter to British Columbia Premier John Horgan, outlining concerns that the province’s Bill 11 may “stifle the limited competition that currently exists in BC’s optional auto insurance market,” a claim

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Three found dead after downtown motel fire in Prince George, B.C

July 9, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The RCMP say the bodies of three people have been found at the scene of a motel fire in downtown Prince George, B.C. Cpl. Craig Douglass says emergency services were called to the Econo Lodge City

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B.C. to prohibit referral fees for strata insurance placement

July 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers placing strata corporation insurance in British Columbia could soon lose their licences and pay thousands in fines if they are found to be paying referral fees to strata property managers. Under a proposed new law, the provincial government is

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How liability for deductibles on strata claims is changing in B.C.

July 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Strata unit owners might see a reduction in liability risk for common-area damage if a recently-tabled bill is passed in British Columbia. “Right now, if a water pipe bursts in a bathroom due to manufacturer error and leaks beyond common

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Flood warnings issued as B.C.’s major rivers surge, rainfall continues

July 3, 2020 by Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Heavy rainfall has caused rivers to surge across much of British Columbia, washing out roads and putting many communities on alert. The River Forecast Centre has issued flood warnings, its highest alert, for the areas around the upper

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What changes are being made after fatal B.C. logging road bus crash

June 26, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – A report into a bus crash that killed two University of Victoria students says travel should be restricted to daylight hours on a narrow logging road that it wants improved by the provincial government. The report makes 43

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What the court said about parents’ liability when hosting teen drinking parties

June 25, 2020 by David Gambrill

Parents hosting a house party in which minors are drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana must be reasonable — but not perfect — when protecting teens against “foreseeable” risks, a B.C. court ruled in a recent social host liability case. The

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How this motorist missed out on his senior’s discount

June 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When a British Columbia motorist turned 65 in 2017, he did not immediately get the senior rate class discount, so he tried to sue the public auto insurer for a refund. But the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal ruled in favour

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B.C. proposes ‘first step’ amendments to laws governing condo insurance

June 23, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The B.C. government says proposed legislation it has introduced takes first steps to address concerns about sky-high costs and availability of insurance for condominiums and other shared properties. Housing Minister Selina Robinson says the legislation proposes to amend

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B.C. report says condo insurance market ‘unhealthy,’ premiums up 40 per cent

June 16, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A report commissioned by the B.C. government says insurance premiums for condominium buildings have increased by as much as 40 per cent year over year while deductible costs have tripled. Blair Morrison, chief executive officer of The B.C.

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Road tests for certain types of driver licenses set to resume in B.C

June 10, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia is resuming on-road testing for commercial licences but drivers waiting for passenger vehicle tests must hold on a little longer. In line with B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, the corporation says commercial road

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Large protest gatherings pose COVID 19 risks: B.C. health officials

June 2, 2020 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – Large public gatherings, including anti-racism protests, pose health risks during a pandemic, British Columbia’s top health officials said Monday. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said people in B.C. have the right to protest and express their feelings,