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How a regulator made it easier for P&C industry to social-distance

March 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s broker regulator has temporarily its loosened rules governing the workplace location of Level 1 salespeople, allowing them to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary rule change took effect Thursday. “The Insurance Council of BC shares

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Storm sweeps through southern B.C., prompting flooding and landslides

February 3, 2020 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Several British Columbia communities are cleaning up and digging out after a storm swept over the southern part of the province on Friday, prompting flooding and landslides. Local states of emergency were declared in the Cowichan Valley on

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Ridesharing insurance takes centre stage as Uber, Lyft approved in B.C.’s Lower Mainland

January 24, 2020 by Jason Contant

VICTORIA – Vancouver is poised to join most major cities in Canada in offering ride-hailing services with the long-awaited approval Thursday of licences for companies Uber and Lyft to operate in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and Whistler. The independent Passenger

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Metro Vancouver enduring first major snow storm

January 10, 2020 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Metro Vancouver is enduring its first major snow storm of the winter as snowfall warnings cover the entire inner south coast and eastern Vancouver Island, while many other parts of British Columbia also face nasty conditions. Snow reached

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How B.C. plans to address nat cat risk management

October 29, 2019 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The challenges of preventing and responding to devastating wildfires and floods in British Columbia and the prospect of more disasters to come has prompted the government to reassess its emergency management laws. The Emergency Program Act needs to

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The firm that wants to launch ride hailing in B.C. this winter

September 10, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Ride-hailing company Kater Technologies says it has officially applied for a licence that would allow it to operate in every region of British Columbia. A statement from the company says B.C. is one of the last areas of

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New policies set for ride-hailing services in B.C.

August 22, 2019 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – New policies for ride-hailing services in British Columbia will allow companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate a limitless number of vehicles beyond geographical boundaries that are in place for the taxi industry. Chair Catherine Read of

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B.C. Okanagan wildfire remains out of control

August 9, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Wildfire Service says a fire in the province’s south Okanagan remains out of control but its direction offers a better chance for containment. The blaze near the town of Oliver has charred nearly 23 square

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Fire near Osoyoos, B.C., grows but shows ‘low’ activity says wildfire

July 29, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

OSOYOOS, B.C.- Wildfire crews in British Columbia hope to get the upper hand on a stubborn blaze that broke out last week in the southern Okanagan and has scorched just over four-square kilometres of timber and bush. The BC Wildfire

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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