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How buyouts of flood-prone properties are going in this community

July 8, 2019 Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

More than one year after rescuers swam from home to home in a low-income neighbourhood devastated by flooding in Grand Forks, B.C., some residents say they were rattled to learn the property buyouts they’ve been waiting for will be based

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Second B.C. wildfire in two days

June 25, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER  – Crews with the B.C. Wildfire Service are battling another small but worrisome blaze on the province’s south coast. The fire was reported Monday afternoon on Cecil Hill near Pender Harbour on the Sechelt Peninsula. It is not threatening

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Cool weather calms B.C. wildfire, traffic disrupted

June 24, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A small wildfire is burning just above the highway connecting Vancouver and Whistler. The fire along Highway 99, the Sea-to-Sky corridor, broke out early Sunday morning on a steep, rocky slope between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay. The

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B.C. Wildfire Service monitoring grass fire near Pemberton

April 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

PEMBERTON, B.C. – Residents of the Lil’wat First Nation just east of Pemberton, B.C., are closely watching a grass and brush fire that broke out late Tuesday afternoon. The First Nation set up an emergency operations centre and warned residents

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Sinkhole prompts evacuation order for 14 B.C. homes

February 15, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

SECHELT, B.C. – Residents of an upscale neighbourhood on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast will officially be barred from returning to their dream homes today. Sinkholes throughout the subdivision have prompted the District of Sechelt to issue evacuation orders covering 14

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Homeowner loses case arising from power surge

January 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia homeowner who suffered property damage due to an electrical power surge cannot claim damages from the city, the Civil Resolution Tribunal has ruled. In January, 2016, a City of Salmon Arm snowplow hit a power pole, resulting

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Recent storm ‘most damaging’ in BC Hydro history

January 2, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro says December’s massive windstorm was the most damaging in its history and demonstrates improvements are needed in order to be ready for future outages. A report from the Crown corporation says the Dec. 20 storm was

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Single-vehicle bus collision injures 16 in British Columbia

November 2, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A bus carrying workers to a sawmill crashed Thursday afternoon north of Prince George, sending 16 people to hospital, three of them in critical condition. BC Emergency Health Services says one person was in serious condition

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Appeal court nixes $100K awarded for lost income

October 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A plaintiff who was injured in an auto accident has had her award cut by $100,000 because she is not entitled to compensation for loss of income, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled. Yi Gao sued Brian Dietrich

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Why your clients are increasingly exposed to wildfire losses

September 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Climate change has turned the risk of wildfire into a year-round peril in Western Canada, a geography expert says. In the past, wildfire season started in April or May and ended some time in October, said Dominic Ford, senior geospatial

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B.C. wildfire not expected to grow further

September 4, 2018 Spencer Harwood - THE CANADIAN PRESS

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – British Columbia’s wildfire service says precipitation and favourable weather have allowed it to contain one of the province’s largest active wildfires, more than a month after it was initially discovered. After growing to more than 900

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B.C. wildfire season now second worst in province’s history

August 27, 2018 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – A year after the single worst season for wildfires in British Columbia’s history, government statistics indicate the 2018 wildfire season has already reached the second-worst mark, burning more than 9,450 square kilometres of land so far. That should