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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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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.

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COVID 19 pandemic adds risk to wildfire season: B.C. forests minister

May 21, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

NEW HAZELTON, B.C. – The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the danger of British Columbia’s wildfire season and the province’s forests minister says public help is crucial to reduce fires. Doug Donaldson says wildfires caused by humans are preventable and divert

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B.C. businesses grapple with new health protocols as reopening begins Tuesday

May 19, 2020 Brenna Owen - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – As some British Columbia businesses prepare to reopen their doors on Tuesday when the province enters the second phase of its COVID-19 restart plan, others say they’re holding off while they grapple with new health protocols. Claire Wyrostok

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How B.C. is gradually reopening its economy

May 8, 2020 Dirk Meissner -THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia has reached the point in the COVID-19 pandemic where it will start a gradual reopening of the economy while also allowing social interactions between families, friends and communities to increase. The plan to restart the province

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New evacuation order in B.C. as flooding affects central Interior

April 24, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A flood warning has been issued for a river near Prince George, British Columbia, after it rose nearly 35 centimetres in a day. The B.C. River Forecast Centre, which assesses water supply, flood risk and predicts flows in

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B.C.’s move to no-fault

April 8, 2020 Jason Contant, Online Editor

What the province’s changes to auto insurance mean for drivers, brokers, and the legal system