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Flood of atmospheric rivers in B.C. cost $675 million in insured damage: CatIQ

June 16, 2022 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – November’s floods in British Columbia that swamped homes and farms, swept away roads and bridges and killed five people are now the most costly weather event in provincial history. The Insurance Bureau of Canada made the statement as

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P&C industry must get better at modelling secondary perils: reinsurance exec

June 13, 2022 by Jason Contant

The property and casualty insurance industry in Canada and globally needs to improve its modelling and understanding of secondary perils, which have seen increased frequency over the past decade, says a speaker from Swiss Re during an industry event. “We

The burned-out remains of businesses and properties destroyed by the Lytton wildfire
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Rebuild of Lytton, B.C., after devastating wildfire to begin by September: minister

June 13, 2022 by Sarah Ritchie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Rebuilding in the fire-ravaged village of Lytton, B.C., is likely to begin in September, according to the province’s minister of public safety. That would be 15 months after an out-of-control wildfire swept through and burned 90 per cent

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Vacancy permit doesn’t require daily attendance for eight months during repairs

June 10, 2022 by David Gambrill

Belair does not have to pay a condo claimant more than $1,500 in daily mileage costs accrued over almost eight months, during which time flood damage in the insured’s unit was being repaired. Belair Insurance Company insured a condominium owned

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Canada’s most-exposed flood regions

June 10, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Quebec has the highest historical average annual loss (AAL) for flood faced by any region across the country, at $861.3 million, but Yukon’s average annual loss per residential address (RA) stands at $925, well above Quebec’s $229 loss per residence.

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Province, StatsCan partner on fire prevention pilot

June 9, 2022 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – Firefighters in British Columbia will soon have access to information to help identify neighbourhoods where the risk of home fires is greatest in an effort to prevent more needless deaths, says the province’s fire commissioner. The commissioner’s office

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B.C. report calls for co-ordinated heat alert system to prevent future deaths

June 8, 2022 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia is better prepared to withstand a hot weather emergency like that which caused more than 600 deaths last summer, but more must be done to protect people and communities, says the chief medical officer at the

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Flood watches remain in parts of B.C.

June 7, 2022 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Emergency officials say as many as 20 buildings are flooded in three northwestern British Columbia communities. But a break in the weather has slowed rising waterways across the region. The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine ordered the evacuation of

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Becoming better at planning for disasters

June 6, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

If the ongoing flooding in Manitoba and the Ontario/Quebec derecho storm of last month taught us anything, it’s that we must change how we think about natural disasters, argue the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction’s Glenn McGillivray, and PhD candidate Korey Pasch,

Skeena River in northern British Columbia
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Evacuations, local state of emergency in northwest B.C. as flood risk rises

June 6, 2022 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Evacuation orders have been issued for three small communities in northwestern British Columbia as the flood risk rises across the region. Residents of the Terrace-area communities of Old Remo, New Remo and Usk were ordered out of their

Skeena River at Terrace, BC
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B.C. government urges people to prepare for possible flooding as weather warms

June 2, 2022 by The Canadian Press

TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Warming weather is causing rivers to rise in northern British Columbia, prompting the province to encourage people to prepare for possible flooding.   A joint statement from the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Management B.C. says

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Brokerage loses bid to dismiss human rights complaint

May 31, 2022 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s Human Rights Tribunal has denied an application by insurance brokerage Shaw Sabey and Associates to dismiss a complaint lodged by one of its former employees, Adam Kwan, who is of mixed racial descent. “I want to be clear that