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Is the two-year limitation period set in stone?

July 21, 2022 by Jason Contant

A motor vehicle accident victim can proceed with her personal injury claims after British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) found the provincial public auto insurer made an “explicit promise” not to be bound by the two-year limitation period to start

A wildfire is spreading just west of already fire-ravaged Lytton, B.C.
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Out-of-control blaze grows near fire-ravaged Lytton, B.C.

July 15, 2022 by The Canadian Press

LYTTON, B.C. – A wildfire blazing just west of Lytton, B.C., has now scorched five square kilometres of trees and bush, more than doubling in size in less than 12 hours. BC Wildfire Service spokeswoman Taylor Colman says the out-of-control

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Court strikes down cap on costs for auto injury experts

July 13, 2022 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional the province’s 6% cap on disbursements for experts in personal injury actions arising from auto accidents – one feature of the Insurance Corporation of B.C.’s attempt to control its auto insurance claims

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Are businesses covered for a telecom’s “maintenance oops”?

July 11, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Despite Interac payment systems and phone lines being down, most businesses will not have insurance coverage for any type of income loss as a result of the national Rogers outage on Friday, says one insurance expert.   The outage, which

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Why brokers should ask their clients about home renos

July 6, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Canadians made major renovations to their homes during the pandemic, and over 14% of those who renovated stated they did so on an impulse during the pandemic — but are policyholders telling their insurers about these material changes?  Not every

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Vancouver plans for removal of beached barge, months after it washed up during storm

June 30, 2022 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – A timeline has finally been announced for the removal of a huge barge that wedged itself onto a beach in Vancouver’s English Bay last November. A statement from the City of Vancouver says a local pile driving firm

Fire Debris of Houses in a small town with smoke in sky.
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Why it’s taken a year to get Lytton, B.C.’s post-wildfire rebuild underway

June 29, 2022 by David Gambrill

To the naked eye, not much has changed since Lytton, B.C. was razed by a June 30, 2021 wildfire, causing an estimated $100 million in insured damage. Coming up on the fire’s one-year anniversary, debris-removal work has finally begun for

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Policy revamp might save lives in next heat dome, experts say

June 27, 2022 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA -She died in the arms of firefighters. The 96-year-old woman now lingers in the memory of Chief Jim Ogloff of the Coquitlam Fire Department, a reminder of the impact of last summer’s heat dome disaster on vulnerable residents of

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B.C. commits $21 million to help rebuild infrastructure in Lytton after fire

June 24, 2022 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The fire-ravaged community of Lytton, B.C., is getting $21 million from the provincial government to help it rebuild essential infrastructure and services. The Public Safety Ministry says in a statement the new funding will support priorities identified in

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Don Forgeron to retire from Insurance Bureau of Canada

June 23, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Don Forgeron will retire as president and CEO of the Insurance Bureau of Canada after a tenure of almost 30 years. He will also retire as a member of the IBC’s board of directors. The search for Forgeron’s successor will

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Water damage dispute: Why the court wouldn’t end three-year dispute resolution

June 22, 2022 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s Supreme Court has denied a claimant’s attempt to bail out of two mandatory dispute resolution hearings with multiple insurers in a three-year dispute over the value of water damage in her strata unit. “The plaintiff is understandably frustrated by

The North Thompson River in Kamloops, B.C.
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Rain, impending heat wave prompt warning and raise flood potential in B.C.

June 22, 2022 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Environment Canada says the first hot spell of the year is about to settle over much of British Columbia, bringing temperatures in the low to mid-30s until at least early next week. Special weather statements now cover the