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Insurer urges lessons for driving in school safety zones

September 7, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Dangerous driving in school zones is a common occurrence, especially during back-to-school time, according to a survey by the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA). Eighty per cent of those surveyed said they’ve witnessed speeding in school zones, while 77% have

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All evacuation orders rescinded for Keremeos Creek wildfire near Penticton, B.C.

August 22, 2022 The Canadian Press

Local authorities in British Columbia’s Okanagan region say all evacuation orders around the so-called Keremeos Creek wildfire near Penticton have been rescinded. Erick Thompson, an information officer for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, says this means residents from the last

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How (and when) to turn a post-earthquake fire Cat into a kitten

March 3, 2021 by David Gambrill

Huge insurance bills for natural disasters such as fire following earthquake could be substantially reduced by paying for improvements that amount to a fraction of the damage estimates. But timing is everything when recommending how to “build back better,” says

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Public not aware of rights lost in B.C.’s no-fault auto scheme: personal injury lawyer

December 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The average British Columbia consumer does not really understand what rights they will lose with the auto insurance reforms scheduled to take effect this May, a Vancouver personal injury lawyer warns. Provincial politicians voted earlier this year to pass Bill

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Appeal judge: Is the lack of a privacy-breach tort in this province ‘anachronistic’?

September 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s courts need to take a close look at the question of whether the province has a tort for breach of privacy, an appeal court judge suggested in a recent decision arising from a data breach at a Vancouver-based

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Why Canada’s top court is reviewing a snow removal lawsuit against a municipality

August 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The question of whether a municipality is protected from liability for a pedestrian’s injury arising from city staff’s snow removal decisions is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. The top court announced Thursday it will hear an appeal from

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Who’s getting funding for new research in wildfire prediction, responses

July 31, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A university located in the heart of one of British Columbia’s most volatile forest fire regions will lead new research in wildfire prediction, prevention and response. Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was chosen for the research that

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How B.C. adjusters are preparing for major earthquake

July 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When the next huge earthquake hits British Columbia, some independent adjusting firms may temporarily re-locate offices inland, perhaps even as far east as Alberta. Kernaghan Adjusters is aiming to be “up and running fairly quickly if we get into an

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How liability is shared for this left-turn collision at a yellow stoplight

July 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia motorist who was hit by an oncoming vehicle while turning left at a yellow light is 75% liable, not 100% liable as originally assessed by the insurer, the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) has ruled. Clayton Trenaman

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Flood warnings issued as B.C.’s major rivers surge, rainfall continues

July 3, 2020 Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Heavy rainfall has caused rivers to surge across much of British Columbia, washing out roads and putting many communities on alert. The River Forecast Centre has issued flood warnings, its highest alert, for the areas around the upper

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Briefing Note: British Columbia

July 2, 2020 Canadian Underwriter Staff

Heading into 2020, Chuck Byrne, executive director of the Insurance Brokers Association of British Columbia (IBABC), thought he’d be spending his time preparing local brokers for their public auto insurer’s adoption of a no-fault system in May 2021. Instead, he’s

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B.C. report says condo insurance market ‘unhealthy,’ premiums up 40 per cent

June 16, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A report commissioned by the B.C. government says insurance premiums for condominium buildings have increased by as much as 40 per cent year over year while deductible costs have tripled. Blair Morrison, chief executive officer of The B.C.