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Energy regulator invites comment on Trans Mountain pipeline’s insurer secrecy request

March 10, 2021 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY – The Canada Energy Regulator is inviting public comment on a request by the operator of the Trans Mountain pipeline to protect the identity of its insurers, with the comment period extending beyond the requested deadline. In an online

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B.C. eases requirements, extends deadline for small business recovery grants

March 5, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The B.C. government has eased the eligibility requirements and extended the deadline for small and medium-sized businesses applying for funds under its $345-million pandemic recovery grant program.   Businesses with up to 149 employees must now show a 30

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How (and when) to turn a post-earthquake fire Cat into a kitten

March 3, 2021 by David Gambrill

Huge insurance bills for natural disasters such as fire following earthquake could be substantially reduced by paying for improvements that amount to a fraction of the damage estimates. But timing is everything when recommending how to “build back better,” says

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Brokerages snapped up coast-to-coast in latest M&A deals

March 3, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canadian brokerage acquisitions continue coast-to-coast with the recent purchases of four brokerages in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick. Navacord, B.C.-based brokerage Waypoint Insurance, Archway Insurance and Westland Insurance Group (which bought two brokerages) all made acquisition announcements at

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British Columbia’s Site C dam faces one-year construction delay

March 1, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – British Columbia Premier John Horgan says completing the Site C dam is in the best interests of residents, despite the project’s price tag ballooning to $16 billion and completion date stretching to 2025. The premier told a news

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Public auto insurer to issue pandemic rebate cheques

February 26, 2021 by Jason Contant

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the latest public auto insurer to announce customer rebates for drivers resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) and the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced rebates in January and

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Letter to the editor: Best Terms — the buyer’s point of view

February 26, 2021 by BC Risk & Insurance Manager’s Association

To the Editor, We would like to respond to your editorial titled “Regulators, leave subscription policies alone,” dated Dec. 7, 2020. It is true that these are turbulent times in the insurance market, and that insurers have been experiencing losses

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Why Canada should invest in ‘macrogrids’ for greener, more reliable electricity

February 25, 2021 by The Canadian Press

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Authors: Brett Dolter, Assistant Professor, Economics, University of Regina; Blake Shaffer,

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Probe points to discarded smoking materials as likely cause of B.C. apartment building fire

February 24, 2021 by The Canadian Press

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Improperly discarded smoking materials likely played a part in a recent fire in an Abbotsford, B.C., apartment building that left more than 100 people homeless. Assistant chief Ron Hull, with Abbotsford Fire Rescue Services, says the extent

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Why a $10-million limit did not apply to mitigation of loss in this professional liability policy

February 22, 2021 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s Court of Appeal recently confirmed that a $10-million coverage limit did not apply to mitigation of loss coverage in a professional liability insurance policy, in part because the policy grouped mitigation of loss coverage together with other types of

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Cat counter starts the year at $134 million for winter storms

February 19, 2021 by David Gambrill

For the Canadian P&C insurance industry, Cat activity roared in like a lion in January, but has looked more like a kitten since then. Two winter storms in Western Canada caused more than $134 million in insured damage, based on

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How to increase the take-up of earthquake insurance

February 18, 2021 by Jason Contant

When broader government assistance is available for earthquake insurance, the take-up rates for private earthquake insurance appear to be suppressed, according to a new study on the difference between earthquake insurance rates in B.C.’s Lower Mainland and neighbouring Washington State