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Cyclist loses bid to summon the Queen to court in auto insurance case

July 23, 2021 by David Gambrill

A B.C. cyclist injured in a car collision has lost his bid to demand an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in an effort to make his case against the province’s public auto insurer. In addition to seeking an

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Pile of snow pulled passenger plane off runway in British Columbia: safety board

July 23, 2021 by The Canadian Press

RICHMOND, B.C. – Safety changes have been made after a WestJet Encore passenger plane went off a snow-covered runway in Terrace, B.C., last year. The Transportation Safety Board says in a report that the De Havilland aircraft was landing with

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Why your clients should do an inspection before buying a home

July 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A couple who discovered a leaking bathtub after moving into their new home cannot get compensation from the sellers. A “reasonable inspection” would have revealed a water problem before Tyler and Keva Luscombe bought their home in 2020, the British

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Hundreds more ordered out of their homes in B.C. by threatening wildfires

July 21, 2021 by The Canadian Press

Hundreds more British Columbians have joined the thousands already forced from their homes by wildfires as several local governments ordered residents to get out Tuesday night ahead of nearby blazes. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary declared a local state

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The legal pitfalls of online and over-the-phone insurance applications

July 20, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A property insurer can be stuck paying out on a claim even though the client made a “material omission” on their insurance application, but the industry can mitigate this risk by being especially careful when taking applications over the phone

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How courts have lowered the bar for bad faith claims against insurers

July 15, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A court finding of bad faith can damage a carrier’s reputation and harm its broker relationships, an industry lawyer warned Tuesday. Of particular concern to carriers these days is the fact that the courts are lowering the bar for a

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Wildfire in Lytton, B.C. a ‘wake-up call’ to take precautions: safety board

July 15, 2021 by Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A wildfire in Lytton, B.C., during historically high temperatures points to a serious need to prevent similar occurrences, says the chairwoman of the Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the possibility that a freight train could have been linked to

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Regulator orders risk reduction measures for B.C. railways following Lytton fire

July 13, 2021 by Jason Contant

Following record heat and a wildfire that burned down about 90% of the village of Lytton, B.C., Canada’s transportation regulator has ordered fire monitoring, suppression, and risk reduction measures for railways to protect against wildfire “in the context of extreme

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Why delivery company is liable for damage to parked car

July 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If a commercial auto client is accused of causing damage to a third-party vehicle, the client could be harming its legal position if it fails to produce a statement from its own driver. United Parcel Service Canada Ltd. is on

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B.C. premier says he will lobby PM to enlist military for wildfire prevention duty

July 9, 2021 by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

COQUITLAM, B.C. — British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he will lobby Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to deploy Canada’s military to help clear fire danger zones to prevent future wildfires. Trudeau and Horgan met Thursday with local government and First

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Westland buys two digital brokerages

July 8, 2021 by David Gambrill

Westland Insurance has acquired two digital brokerages in a move intended to expand its tech offerings to brokers, renters, and homeowners. In the first of two deals announced Thursday, Agile Underwriting Solutions, owned by Westland, has acquired managing general agency

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Lightning sparks new fires as thunderstorms add to danger in B.C.’s Interior

July 6, 2021 by The Canadian Press

LYTTON, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says 212 wildfires are burning in British Columbia as lightning storms swept over several areas of the province. The wildfire service website shows more than three dozen small fires have been sparked across