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Fire and drought: What does 2024 hold for British Columbia? 

July 20, 2023 by Brieanna Charlebois - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – British Columbia hasn’t yet hit the “peak” of its wildfire season, but it has already broken the record for the total area burned in a year, the province’s minister of emergency management said.   Officials are now eyeing the

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Brokerage wins limited injunction against regulator’s new rule

July 19, 2023 by David Gambrill

FS Insurance Brokers (FSIB), a B.C. insurance broker that has common ownership with a strata property management company, has won a limited injunction against a new rule proposed by the province’s broker regulator, pending judicial review of the new rule.

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Record wildfire season in B.C. for area burned with almost 400 fires in the province  

July 18, 2023 by The Canadian Press

British Columbia’s disastrous wildfire season has set a new record for the total area burned in a year, with almost 14,000 square kilometres scorched and hundreds of fires burning across the province.   The B.C. Wildfire Service website says 13,935 square

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‘Aggressive’ wildfire shuts B.C. highway as military and officials set to meet

July 17, 2023 by Jason Contant

The BC Wildfire Service says an “aggressive” fire that exploded in size over the weekend has cut off a highway on the central coast, while more than a dozen new blazes have been sparked since Sunday. The service says Highway

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B.C. expected to request Ottawa’s help with worsening wildfires 

July 13, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Canada’s Emergency Preparedness Minister says he is expecting a “fairly substantive” request for help from British Columbia as wildfires worsen.   Bill Blair tells The Canadian Press the government operations centre has been in discussions with the province for

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B.C. wildfires prompt evacuation orders for two regions

July 10, 2023 by The Canadian Press

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and the Regional District of Cariboo have issued evacuation orders this weekend due to wildfires in British Columbia. The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako says the danger posed by the Tsah Creek wildfire has prompted an

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How insurers can reduce cyber claims without slashing coverages

July 6, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Cyber insurers are finding that acting as incident response services for their small- to mid-sized business clients is helping to reduce overall claims, experts shared during an industry conference.  Insurers should be the first ones to open the lines of

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Brokers, insurers differ on the value of numerous flood products for home owners

July 4, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Canada’s property and casualty insurance brokers have long maintained the need for a unified flood map, but insurers want to compete on their proprietary flood maps, and the ongoing differences between brokers and their insurance partners on this point became

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Fierce blaze damages several businesses, forces evacuation in B.C. city

July 4, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VERNON, B.C. – A restaurant, boutique, salon and costume shop are among the businesses believed to have been destroyed in an early morning fire in downtown Vernon, B.C. Flames broke out in the commercial building at about 2:30 a.m., blanketing

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B.C. must urgently change forest strategies or face more wildfire disasters: report

June 30, 2023 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s independent forests watchdog is calling for the provincial government to make critical changes to how it manages forests to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. The report, released Thursday by the B.C. Forest Practices Board, says

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What the court said about a condo owner using his unit for Airbnb 

June 29, 2023 by Jason Contant

British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has ordered a strata corporation to direct one of its council members to stop using a unit for short-term accommodations (STAs) after finding the council member violated a strata bylaw.  The case centred around Bylaw

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Home-sharing app specifically for insurance to go national

June 28, 2023 by David Gambrill

Tens of thousands of Canadians have been forced to evacuate because of an active wildfire season, and a new home-sharing digital platform dedicated to insurance is expanding nationally to help adjusters find temporary accommodations for insureds whose homes have been