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Hundreds of properties evacuated as wind prompts growth in B.C. wildfires

August 16, 2021 by Hina Alam - THE CANADIAN PRESS

High winds intensified numerous wildfires burning in British Columbia, forcing more evacuation orders for residents in hundreds of homes late Sunday, says the BC Wildfire Service. Some of the largest and most dangerous fires are burning in the southern Interior

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B.C. officials urge caution as third summer heat wave blankets parts of the province

August 12, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – British Columbia officials are reassuring residents that health and emergency services are ready to help people get through another heat wave this week. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says Emergency Management BC is working with communities to ensure

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Some evacuation orders, alerts, lifted near B.C. wildfire but heat set to return

August 10, 2021 by The Canadian Press

Residents of nearly 400 properties on one flank of a destructive wildfire in British Columbia’s southern Interior are being allowed to head home. The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has downgraded an evacuation order to an alert. It has also issued an

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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How this year’s B.C. wildfire season compares to previous years

August 10, 2021 by Jason Contant

It looks like this year’s wildfire season in British Columbia could be one for the record books. Between Apr. 1 and Aug. 9 of this year, the province saw 1,456 wildfires and nearly 650,000 hectares of area burned. This compares

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Will Intact re-enter the B.C. auto market?

August 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Insurance could re-enter the British Columbia auto market but only if the provincial government provides “options and convenience” to motorists, says Intact Financial Corp. CEO Charles Brindamour. It has been eight months since Intact announced it is leaving the

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Westland acquires brokerages in B.C. and Ontario

August 6, 2021 by Jason Contant

Westland Insurance Group Ltd. has expanded their footprint in British Columbia and Ontario with the acquisition of two brokerages. The large independent Canadian-owned brokerage announced Wednesday the acquisition of National Brokers Insurance Services Inc. in Ontario and Lambert Insurance Agencies

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Wildfire devastates community of Monte Lake in B.C.’s southern Interior

August 6, 2021 by The Canadian Press

MONTE LAKE, B.C. – Another British Columbia community has been devastated by a raging wildfire and more could be at risk from a blaze in the southern Interior between Kamloops and Vernon. Ken Gillis, chairman of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District,

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The claims impact of the B.C. wildfires

August 5, 2021 by Jason Contant

Wildfires raging across British Columbia have resulted in a lot of additional living expenses (ALE) claims, a property restoration firm told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. “There’s just a lot of increases on the ALE [claims],” Shane Swinson, senior vice president, insurance

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Why this towing company is on the hook for $2,000 in damages

August 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If your client dings another vehicle and informally offers $500 to the driver of the other vehicle, this does not limit your client’s liability to $500. This is one lesson from a British Columbia civil resolution tribunal ruling released last

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Doctors, lawyers want B.C. to track injuries after record heat wave

August 3, 2021 by Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Two groups focused on environmental issues are calling on the British Columbia government to come up with a plan to track “heat dome injuries” following record-setting temperatures that are also linked with 570 deaths in the province over

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Home insurance rates dropping but no reprieve for condo owners

July 28, 2021 by Jason Contant

Personal property premiums were a mixed bag in the first quarter of 2021, with insurance for condo owners continuing to rise, but home insurance rates trending down, according to a new report from LowestRates.ca released Tuesday. Year-over-year, home insurance premiums

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Why many brokers need to change their auto quoting process

July 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Many brokerages that use AutoPlus to obtain auto insurance quotes will likely have to change their processes over the next couple of months. AutoPlus’s vendor, CGI Group Inc., will start updating that online database product Aug. 13, says the Insurance