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What P&C industry can expect from Kelowna wildfires

August 21, 2023 by David Gambrill

In an eerie coincidence, almost 20 years to the day wildfires caused $200 million in insured damage back in 2003, Kelowna is burning once again. About 30,000 people in the southern Interior region of B.C. — about a third of

Flushing a toilet
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Will insurance cover deductible when toilet overflows?

August 21, 2023 by Philip Porado

A strata apartment owner is entitled to collect a deductible from the owner of the unit above his own, following a toilet overflow that caused substantial damages to his apartment, British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) has determined. In Meier

Agreement failure and Business deal fail concept as two hands made of rope in a handshake on fire as a corporate relationship or business crisis and breaking a friendship symbol
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Angry at losing a deal? Don’t take it out on the client

August 18, 2023 by David Gambrill

Frustrated at losing a deal in a competitive marketplace? Don’t take it out on the client, B.C.’s broker regulator has warned. A B.C. broker received a reprimand from the Insurance Council of B.C. for sending an angry letter to a

The McDougall Creek fire in B.C.
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Homes ablaze in West Kelowna, B.C. after overnight wildfire

August 18, 2023 by The Canadian Press

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – Homes are currently ablaze in West Kelowna, B.C., after a devastating overnight battle with a wildfire that has already destroyed a significant number of properties. The fire has been “exponentially worse” than expected, says Jason Brolund,

Forest fire near Kelowna, B.C.
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Thousands of residents around West Kelowna, B.C., on evacuation alert as fire flares

August 17, 2023 by The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Thousands of British Columbia residents around West Kelowna have been warned to be ready to leave on short notice because of a nearby spot fire that charred more than half a square kilometre in just a few

Smoke-filled valley caused by wildfire in B.C.
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Winds, heat and lightning trigger concern as two B.C. wildfires surge

August 16, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Wildfire crews in British Columbia are bracing for an incoming weather system expected to bring strong winds and dry lightning by Thursday, but conditions are already flaring in at least two areas of the province. The Regional District

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Ongoing heat over southern B.C. topples records, sets table for added wildfire woes

August 15, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The ten hottest communities in Canada were all located in British Columbia on Monday and forecasters expect the sizzling temperatures will continue for at least a few more days across the province’s Interior. The Fraser Canyon communities of

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Is third-party liability a significant driver of auto claims costs?

August 10, 2023 by Jason Contant

Subrogation for third-party liability (TPL) in Saskatchewan doesn’t appear to have a significant impact on the cost of insurance for drivers in the province, a Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) spokesperson suggested to Canadian Underwriter.  In Saskatchewan, the public insurer subrogates

Forest fire in Penticton, BC
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How long will reprieve for B.C wildfire crews last?

August 9, 2023 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A cooling trend with potential rain showers across much of British Columbia is expected to ease wildfire conditions for the next 36 to 48 hours, but hot, dry weather is set to return by the end of the week. The

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What’s behind Hub’s latest acquisition

August 3, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Hub International has acquired British Columbia-based Golden Ears Insurance Services Ltd. The acquisition will position the global insurance brokerage to build out its specialty lines, a Hub executive told Canadian Underwriter in a statement. “Golden Ears fits well with Hub’s

An evacuation order has been issued for more than 700 properties in Osoyoos, B.C.
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What it would take for Osoyoos wildfires to become a Cat

August 1, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Winds diverting a wildfire burning near Osoyoos, B.C., may have prevented a Cat-level event for the industry, adjusters tell Canadian Underwriter. A raging wildfire scorched 40 square kilometres of land and destroyed several structures in Washington, U.S., before jumping the

An evacuation order has been issued for more than 700 properties in Osoyoos, B.C.
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Winds play key role as wildfire continues to threaten Osoyoos, B.C.

July 31, 2023 by The Canadian Press

Winds will likely be a major factor in the battle to save the southern British Columbia town of Osoyoos from a raging wildfire, but the latest forecast offers some hope. Environment Canada is calling for northwest winds through the day