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Motorist driving on closes Trans-Canada highway in Abbotsford, BC
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Officials advocate for federal funding to upgrade dikes after floods

April 29, 2022 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The mayor of Abbotsford, B.C., says expecting local governments to shoulder the cost of infrastructure upgrades to protect their communities from flooding has been a “monumental mistake.” Henry Braun made the comment to a Senate standing committee on

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Does your client think overland flood coverage is standard?

April 28, 2022 by Jason Contant

Brokers have another golden opportunity to educate clients on the importance of overland flood coverage. A recent survey of Canadian homeowners conducted by rate aggregator LowestRates.ca found that 30% of 544 respondents were unaware that coverages like overland flood are

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Fraud risk management at B.C.’s $16 billion Site C dam project can improve: auditor

April 27, 2022 by Jason Contant

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s auditor general says Crown-owned BC Hydro can improve its management of potential fraud risks at the $16 billion Site C dam project. Michael Pickup says an audit found the Crown corporation has some elements of fraud

A heatwave in Montreal in June 2020
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Extreme heat should be labelled a natural disaster, new report urges

April 20, 2022 by Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Governments should consider extreme heat a natural disaster as climate change raises the risk of soaring summer temperatures in much of Canada, a new report says. Irreversible Extreme Heat, penned by experts at the Intact Centre on Climate

Auto accident damage at intersection.
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A car crashes in Ontario: Why Canadian auto insurers pay attention

April 13, 2022 by Daniel Strigberger

People love to visit Ontario. Unfortunately, some of them get into car accidents. Why should a visitor’s auto insurer care about accidents in Ontario? Because when a non-resident is involved in an auto accident in the province, their insurers will

Rising flood waters in Abbotsford, B.C. on Monday, Nov. 28, 2021
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B.C. mayors dealing with flooding and wildfire damage call on feds to deliver funds

April 12, 2022 by Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – British Columbia mayors whose communities were devastated by last year’s flooding and wildfires want the federal government to deliver billions of dollars in promised funding as soon as possible. Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun said he was among 28

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How cattle will help manage B.C. wildfire risk

April 8, 2022 by Brenna Owen - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A handful of ranchers in British Columbia’s Interior are getting ready to graze their cattle in concentrated areas near homes and community infrastructure, where they’ll eat the grasses that dry over the summer and heighten the wildfire risk. As part

CP train derailment near Field, B.C. on Feb. 4, 2019
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Defendants deny claims of wrongdoing in fatal B.C. train derailment lawsuits

April 7, 2022 by Alanna Smith - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Defendants in lawsuits filed by families who lost loved ones in a British Columbia train derailment are denying any wrongdoing in the deaths of three Canadian Pacific Railway employees.   The derailment happened on Feb. 4, 2019, when 99 grain cars

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Curious case of a condo water leak shows importance of complete evidence

April 1, 2022 by Jason Contant

British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) has ordered a strata corporation to immediately reverse a charge of nearly $10,000 to a strata lot owner after finding the unit’s owner was not responsible for a water leak and resulting expenses. In

Train derailment near Field, B.C. on Feb. 4, 2019
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TSB says brake failure, cold weather led to deadly train derailment

March 31, 2022 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY – An investigation into a fatal train derailment near the British Columbia-Alberta boundary has found the locomotive’s brakes failed with prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada on Thursday released its findings into the February

Collapsed sections of bridges following flooding in B.C.
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One step closer to a National Flood Insurance Program

March 29, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The industry is one step closer to getting updated flood maps, and a new national flood insurance program to protect homeowners in high-risk flood zones is in the works, says Canada’s public safety minister.  Flood maps are being developed in

Rain and hail flows down from a black roof.
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How to reduce hail damage costs

March 28, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

One way homeowners and insurers can reduce annual hail damage is to use impact-resistant asphalt shingle roofs instead of standard shingles, finds a new report.     A new Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction benefit-cost analysis report shows annual hail