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B.C. not effectively overseeing safety of dams: auditor general 

September 15, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government has not effectively overseen the safety of the 1,900 dams it regulates, says the auditor general.   Michael Pickup said the Ministry of Forests, Land, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has not adequately verified

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Wildfire activity decreasing across B.C., but 200 blazes still burning

September 10, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – As of noon Friday, campfires are once again allowed across most of British Columbia, with only the drought-challenged region of southern Vancouver Island still covered by restrictions. The BC Wildfire Service says campfire prohibitions are being removed across

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Why this strata unit owner does not have to pay for common area damage

September 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia condo corporation that charged a unit owner $25,000 for common property repairs has been ordered to reverse $15,000 of the charge. Claire Adamson owns a strata unit which she rents out. Adamson lives at a different address.

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Engineering or maintenance? Why both CGL and professional liability could cover this lawsuit

September 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia court has ruled in favour of Northbridge General Insurance Corporation in a dispute with XL Specialty Insurance Company over liability coverage arising from a strata power failure. Both insurers wrote policies for PCA Valence Engineering Technologies Ltd.,

Helicopters fly past the Tremont Creek wildfire as it burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Broker calling for ‘fair treatment’ of some policyholders affected by B.C. wildfire crisis

September 1, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

A British Columbia-based brokerage is calling for statutory change to standardize the extension of insurance coverage for policyholders affected by active wildfires in the province. “We’ve had a few situations where some customers have been left without insurance at a

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Hundreds of properties on evacuation alert due to fire near Penticton, B.C.

August 31, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VERNON, B.C. – A planned ignition covering around 30 square kilometres is underway at the northeast corner of the destructive White Rock Lake wildfire west of Vernon, B.C., while hundreds of properties have been put on evacuation alert due to

Helicopters fly past the Tremont Creek wildfire as it burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Evacuation orders and alerts drop in B.C. as number of wildfires holds steady

August 25, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Emergency Management BC says about 3,700 properties were on evacuation order on Wednesday, down from nearly 8,200 a week ago. A news release says nearly 11,300 properties were on evacuation alert – which means people must be ready

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Hub to acquire Aviva Canada subsidiary

August 24, 2021 by Jason Contant

Hub International Limited announced Tuesday it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the Aviva Canada subsidiary that provides new home warranty in British Columbia and Alberta. The terms of the acquisition of National Home Warranty Group Inc. were not

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Crews fighting wildfires in B.C. aided by cooler and unseasonably low temperatures

August 24, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The BC Wildfire Service says cooler and below seasonal average temperatures have helped crews fight the blazes. Fire information officer Taylor Colman says crews are seeing between three and five fires start each day compared with about 40

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Intact Centre, Insurance Bureau react to latest Liberal election promise

August 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Wednesday’s Liberal election promise answers a call from Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry for a national standard for scoring properties on their resilience to weather-related disasters. In a speech in British Columbia Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised a

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Lawsuit claims CN, CP railways at fault for sparking fire that wiped out B.C. town

August 19, 2021 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A proposed class-action lawsuit alleges Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways caused or contributed to the wildfire that destroyed the Village of Lytton, B.C. The B.C. Supreme Court statement of claim filed Wednesday alleges the fire was set

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Why future care damages exceed $1.2 million in this auto tort case

August 18, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia judge has awarded $1.26 million, in future care costs, to a plaintiff who was hit by a car in 2015. In Pevach v. McGuigan Estate, released Aug. 3, Justice Gordon Funt of the Supreme Court of British Columbia