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Damage caused by heavy rains and mudslides is pictured along the Coquihalla Highway near Hope, B.C.
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B.C. ready to proceed with permanent repairs to flood damaged Coquihalla Highway

March 24, 2022 by The Canadian Press

HOPE, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says it is moving ahead with permanent repairs to a key B.C. highway damaged by catastrophic flooding last November. A statement from the ministry says it has begun the process to

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B.C. wildfire service to increase prevention work from backyards to forests: official

March 21, 2022 by The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The director of provincial operations for British Columbia’s wildfire service says the province needs a “holistic,” large-scale program to reduce wildfire risk, starting in backyards, moving to communities then extending to forested lands. Cliff Chapman says planning

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B.C.’s auditor general says more work needed to assess risk of fraud in public sector

March 17, 2022 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s auditor general says the government’s framework to manage fraud in the public service is well underway, but it’s not fully developed. Michael Pickup says in a news release that fraud risk management in the province is

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Hub adds to Canadian executive management team

March 10, 2022 by Jason Contant

Hub International has announced several promotions within Hub Canada’s senior management team. Barbara MacPhail (pictured above) has been promoted to executive vice president of strategic initiatives Canada, Terri Botosan (pictured top right) is now in the newly-created position of regional

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Wildfire debris removal begins in Lytton

March 8, 2022 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The first signs of a long-awaited start of rebuilding in fire-ravaged Lytton, B.C., are expected to begin Tuesday, says the village’s mayor.   Jan Polderman said Monday that work to remove debris from the wildfire that destroyed much of

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Debris from cargo ship spill last fall spreading along B.C. coast: beach cleaners

March 7, 2022 by The Canadian Press

TOFINO, B.C. – A volunteer organization that has been cleaning up debris from a cargo ship that lost 109 containers off the B.C. coast last fall says the incident should be a wake-up call to the need for more urgent

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Court overturns $100K bad faith award against Lloyd’s, Industrial Alliance

March 4, 2022 by David Gambrill

An insured is not entitled to a bad faith cost award based on his travel insurers’ conduct in settling the claim with foreign medical service providers, so long as the insured is not exposed to pay settlement amounts that exceed

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Poilievre promises to build more pipelines, remove oil tanker ban in northern B.C.

March 4, 2022 by The Canadian Press

REGINA – Ottawa-area MP Pierre Poilievre says he would repeal what he calls Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “anti-energy” laws if he becomes the next leader of the Conservatives. Pierre told a campaign stop in Regina that if he becomes party

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B.C. climate change initiative needs to look further than recovery, expert says

February 25, 2022 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – A disaster expert who led recovery teams after the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed more than 230,000 people says British Columbia’s climate response strategy must protect the province from future environmental events. The B.C.

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Western-based brokerage eyes expansion in Ontario and across Canada

February 24, 2022 by Jason Contant

B.C.-based brokerage InsureLine is looking to expand its unique franchise model to build its brand in Ontario and across Canada. To meet this objective, the brokerage appointed Kevin McKinnon as vice president of franchise development in mid-February. “My goal is

A temporary dike in Abbotsford following flooding in B.C.
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B.C. budget includes $2.1B in disaster relief

February 23, 2022 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia has earmarked $2.1 billion to fund disaster recovery efforts and future response to the threats posed by wildfires, floods and heat waves in a budget that forecasts a $5.5-billion deficit. Finance Minister Selina Robinson said Tuesday

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Cat trends: How 2021 deviated from the norm

February 22, 2022 by Jason Contant

Last year saw a shift from “normal” catastrophic losses by quarter and even geographical location, data from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) show. Both the third and fourth quarters of 2021 had “well above average” average catastrophes in terms