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Winds fan flames of B.C. wildfire as crews race to battle the blaze

September 1, 2020 by The Canadian Press

CANAL FLATS, B.C. – Wind gusts fanned the flames of a wildfire near a village at the southern end of Columbia Lake in British Columbia late Saturday, increasing the size of the blaze by about four square kilometres. The BC

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Flood repair: Why this condo owner had to pay strata fees for an uninhabitable unit

August 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia resident who had to move out for nearly six months for flood restoration work still has to pay his monthly fees to the strata corporation, the B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal has ruled. Ye Yuan said that from

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Shift in wind has potential to increase danger near Penticton, B.C. wildfire

August 21, 2020 by The Canadian Press

PENTICTON, B.C. – Firefighters in British Columbia’s southern Okanagan are bracing for a change in wind and weather that has the potential to drive a huge wildfire north toward the outskirts of Penticton. Calm winds over the last few days

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Why Canada’s top court is reviewing a snow removal lawsuit against a municipality

August 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The question of whether a municipality is protected from liability for a pedestrian’s injury arising from city staff’s snow removal decisions is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. The top court announced Thursday it will hear an appeal from

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The world’s biggest waves: How climate change could trigger large landslides and ‘mega tsunamis’

August 20, 2020 by Ryan P. Mulligan, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Queen's University, Ontario and Andy Take, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Queen's University, Ontario - 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: Ryan P. Mulligan, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Queen’s University,

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Hundreds evacuated, thousands on notice as wildfire flares in southern B.C.

August 19, 2020 by The Canadian Press

PENTICTON, B.C. – British Columbia’s unusually quiet wildfire season ended abruptly as a fire flared in the southern Okanagan, forcing hundreds from their homes. Smoke from the blaze, above Skaha Lake near Penticton, was first spotted Tuesday afternoon and by

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U.S. wholesale broker expands into Canada with acquisition of SUM

August 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

A United States-based national wholesale insurance broker has acquired Strategic Underwriting Managers, Inc. (SUM), a Canadian managing general agency for property, casualty and other specialty insurance products. Boston-headquartered wholesale broker, program manager, and insurance aggregator One80 Intermediaries announced the acquisition

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This insurer is allowing some COVID-19 support measures to expire

August 10, 2020 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced Friday that three of the temporary measures it introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are set to expire in the coming weeks. The B.C. Utilities Commission had approved ICBC implementing the

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Wildfire risk is elevated this year. Why the pandemic made it worse

August 7, 2020 by Adam Malik

The central and Pacific coast of British Columbia could see an increased risk of wildfires this year, a new report predicts. And COVID-19 restrictions could make the risk higher, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty warned in its 2020 Wildfire Report,

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How high cat losses could go this year

August 4, 2020 by Adam Malik

Alberta has become the epicentre for cat losses this year as combined insured damage could reach, if not exceed, $2 billion in the province alone after multiple natural catastrophes have hit various regions over a four-month span. The calculations come

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Who’s getting funding for new research in wildfire prediction, responses

July 31, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A university located in the heart of one of British Columbia’s most volatile forest fire regions will lead new research in wildfire prediction, prevention and response. Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was chosen for the research that

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How B.C. adjusters are preparing for major earthquake

July 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When the next huge earthquake hits British Columbia, some independent adjusting firms may temporarily re-locate offices inland, perhaps even as far east as Alberta. Kernaghan Adjusters is aiming to be “up and running fairly quickly if we get into an