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Forest fire near Kelowna, B.C.
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Thousands of residents around West Kelowna, B.C., on evacuation alert as fire flares

August 17, 2023 by The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Thousands of British Columbia residents around West Kelowna have been warned to be ready to leave on short notice because of a nearby spot fire that charred more than half a square kilometre in just a few

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Winds, heat and lightning trigger concern as two B.C. wildfires surge

August 16, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Wildfire crews in British Columbia are bracing for an incoming weather system expected to bring strong winds and dry lightning by Thursday, but conditions are already flaring in at least two areas of the province. The Regional District

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Ongoing heat over southern B.C. topples records, sets table for added wildfire woes

August 15, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The ten hottest communities in Canada were all located in British Columbia on Monday and forecasters expect the sizzling temperatures will continue for at least a few more days across the province’s Interior. The Fraser Canyon communities of

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Is third-party liability a significant driver of auto claims costs?

August 10, 2023 by Jason Contant

Subrogation for third-party liability (TPL) in Saskatchewan doesn’t appear to have a significant impact on the cost of insurance for drivers in the province, a Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) spokesperson suggested to Canadian Underwriter.  In Saskatchewan, the public insurer subrogates

Forest fire in Penticton, BC
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How long will reprieve for B.C wildfire crews last?

August 9, 2023 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A cooling trend with potential rain showers across much of British Columbia is expected to ease wildfire conditions for the next 36 to 48 hours, but hot, dry weather is set to return by the end of the week. The

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What’s behind Hub’s latest acquisition

August 3, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Hub International has acquired British Columbia-based Golden Ears Insurance Services Ltd. The acquisition will position the global insurance brokerage to build out its specialty lines, a Hub executive told Canadian Underwriter in a statement. “Golden Ears fits well with Hub’s

An evacuation order has been issued for more than 700 properties in Osoyoos, B.C.
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What it would take for Osoyoos wildfires to become a Cat

August 1, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Winds diverting a wildfire burning near Osoyoos, B.C., may have prevented a Cat-level event for the industry, adjusters tell Canadian Underwriter. A raging wildfire scorched 40 square kilometres of land and destroyed several structures in Washington, U.S., before jumping the

An evacuation order has been issued for more than 700 properties in Osoyoos, B.C.
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Winds play key role as wildfire continues to threaten Osoyoos, B.C.

July 31, 2023 by The Canadian Press

Winds will likely be a major factor in the battle to save the southern British Columbia town of Osoyoos from a raging wildfire, but the latest forecast offers some hope. Environment Canada is calling for northwest winds through the day

Flooded street in Nova Scotia
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Aging infrastructure struggling to keep up with storms, wildfires, changing climate

July 27, 2023 by Hina Alam - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – The torrential rain that washed out roads, bridges and a key rail link in Nova Scotia on the weekend is being described as another sign that engineers cannot rely on past weather patterns to design infrastructure able to

Donnie Creek wildfire in B.C.
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Cooler weather sees B.C. wildfire numbers dip, but drought still poses concern

July 26, 2023 by The Canadian Press

The number of active wildfires in British Columbia has dipped below 450 as cooler weather and recent rain has cut the fire risk, although another hot spell could wipe out those gains as large sections of the province wilt under

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Broker fined for not disclosing disciplinary history

July 25, 2023 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba broker has been fined $500 and ordered to pay investigation costs of $2,000 for failing to disclose to the province’s broker regulator that he had previously been the subject of a disciplinary investigation by B.C.’s broker regulator. “The

U.S. Forest Service co-pilot helping fight Canadian wildfires
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Canada’s wildfires: Is industry concerned about lack of firefighters?

July 21, 2023 by Jason Contant

With Canada’s record-breaking fire season continuing to burn hot, firefighter availability and the country’s system of sharing resources is stretched thin. For Canada’s P&C insurance industry, the overall lack of firefighters is a concern, given the sheer number of fires