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First autumn wind storm over southern B.C. cuts power to thousands of customers

October 7, 2016 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro crews across Vancouver Island and British Columbia’ south coast are working hard to restore power to thousands of customers following the region’s first autumn wind storm. Gusts of nearly 90 kilometres per hour were recorded during

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The Co-operators to provide insurance for First Credit Union clients

October 3, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Co-operators Group Ltd. announced Monday it “will be the exclusive provider” of property & casualty and life insurance for clients of First Credit Union subsidiaries in British Columbia. Guelph, Ont.-based Co-operators said it will be “exclusive provider for First

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Liberal government defends LNG project approval, says impacts will be monitored

September 29, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

OTTAWA – The Liberal government is defending its conditional approval of a massive liquefied natural gas project in northern British Columbia by pointing to what it calls a “historic partnership” on monitoring environment impacts. But critics are accusing Prime Minister

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B.C. earthquake warning technology ShakeAlarm goes global

September 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Two Canadian companies have entered into a global preferred service provider agreement that will bring “affordable and reliable” British Columbia-developed earthquake early warning system (EEWS) technology to countries with high seismic risk that currently do not have proven systems in

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B.C. winter tire rules come into effect on Oct. 1

September 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is reminding motorists that “winter weather is just around the corner” and that the province’s winter tire rules come into effect on Oct. 1. The rules mean that drivers will be required to

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ICBC must cover claimant injured while riding ATV down ramp of pickup truck: Court

September 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A British Columbia court recently ruled against the province’s government-run auto insurer when it found that a man who suffered a spinal injury while moving his all-terrain vehicle from his pickup truck is entitled to accident benefits. Section 96(b)(i) of

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ICBC, police and government join forces for month-long distracted driving campaign

September 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), provincial police and the B.C. government are teaming up to launch a month-long campaign to tackle distracted driving, which is responsible for approximately one-quarter of all fatal crashes in the province. ICBC said

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Wildfire still active, 75% contained in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley

August 24, 2016 THE CANADIAN PRESS

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. — Visitors forced to flee from a campsite in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley ahead of a raging wildfire on Sunday night will have a chance to retrieve abandoned items. The Central Okanagan Regional District says people who

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B.C. unveils Climate Leadership Plan, plans to reduce GHGs by up to 25 million tonnes by 2050

August 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of British Columbia unveiled its Climate Leadership Plan on Friday, which it says will lead to the creation of up to 66,000 jobs over the next ten years and reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by up

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Concerns over fracking and earthquakes in B.C. disputed

August 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Senior officials with BC Hydro have “quietly feared for years that earthquakes triggered by natural gas industry fracking operations could damage its Peace River dams,” the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has charged. In a statement posted to its

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Motorist convicted after fatal collision loses bid to exclude data from sensing diagnostic module

July 21, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A motorist convicted under the Criminal Code of Canada, of two counts of dangerous driving causing death after a vehicle collision in Kamloops, British Columbia, has lost his fight to have data from a sensing diagnostic module excluded as evidence

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B.C. government providing $15.52 million for flood mitigation in Surrey

July 7, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia is committing $15.52 million in funding for two flood mitigation projects in Surrey that will protect thousands of homes, landmark institutions and business and industries employing thousands of people. The funding will be used for the two dike