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Canadian auto and property insurance rates headed in opposite directions

February 1, 2021 by Jason Contant

Average personal auto premium rates in Canada decreased 2.6% in 2020 Q4 compared to the same period in 2019, but some provinces did see an increase, according to the latest results from Applied Systems’ premium rate index. On average, both

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How B.C. is changing the way vehicle repair and replacement costs are paid

January 27, 2021 by Jason Contant

British Columbia is changing the way vehicle repair and replacement costs are paid in a move the province’s public auto insurer says will ensure all policyholders receive a consistent level of vehicle damage protection when they are not responsible for

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Why this small claims tribunal changed an auto insurer’s liability finding

January 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia driver who was found 50% at fault for a collision by the province’s monopoly auto insurer has partly won a small claim against the other driver. Hartmut Wolfram and Yunsun Kim collided with one another in Burnaby

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Residents of Old Fort, B.C. suing province, others over slow-moving landslide

January 21, 2021 by Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Residents of a tiny community in northeastern British Columbia are suing the local and provincial governments over two slow-moving landslides they claim caused their property values to plummet. In a notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme

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The role of digital transformation in Westland’s acquisition strategy

January 14, 2021 by Jason Contant

Expanded opportunities for digital transformation are one of the key reasons behind Westland Insurance Group Ltd.’s recent acquisition of Storm Insurance Group, Westland told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. British Columbia-based Westland closed its acquisition of Storm Jan. 7. Storm operates under

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Wind and snow storm leaves power outages across much of southern B.C.

January 13, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The latest wicked weather to sweep across southern British Columbia downed trees and power lines in many areas and left thousands in the dark.   Environment Canada says wind gusts topped 100 km/h in Victoria and the eastern Fraser

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Brokerage M&A off to a strong start in 2021

January 7, 2021 by Jason Contant

Large Canadian brokerage Westland Insurance Group Ltd. now has a coast-to-coast presence with its acquisition of Storm Insurance Group, which has offices in Nova Scotia and Quebec. The deal, which closed Wednesday, is one of three acquisitions closed or announced

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Wind and rain batter coast of British Columbia

January 6, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Wind and rain warnings have been lifted from coastal British Columbia following a powerful storm that hammered Haida Gwaii, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast and cancelled sailings on most BC Ferry routes. Gusts topping 130 km/h lashed

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Missing signature takes homeowner off the hook for paying restoration service bill

January 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A restoration firm dispatched by an insurer to respond to water damage at a British Columbia strata unit cannot collect the nearly $1,400 the contractor says the client owes for emergency services. This is the result of a recent British

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Thousands still without power after snow and wind storm hits B.C.

December 22, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro crews worked through the night to restore power to thousands of customers in southern British Columbia following a wicked snow and wind storm that arrived on the first day of winter. Hydro was reporting as many

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B.C. lacks plans for rising seas, flooding: coastal adaptation researcher

December 21, 2020 by Brenna Owen - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Parts of British Columbia could see massive losses if the province doesn’t start planning for flooding as ocean waters rise and storms surge due to climate change, says a researcher at the University of B.C. in Vancouver. B.C.

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RCMP commits to changes in how it collects, uses information about protesters

December 18, 2020 by Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The RCMP has agreed to revamp its policies on the collection and use of information about protesters after a watchdog expressed fresh concerns, a notable shift from the police force’s position only months ago. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki