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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

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Vancouver area wildfire 60% contained, industrial park evacuation ends

July 6, 2016 Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

DELTA, B.C. – Weather is not considered a factor in the cause of a wildfire at a unique peat bog in Delta, B.C., as crews contained about 60% of the blaze on Tuesday, the fire chief says. Dan Copeland said

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Wildfire puts Delta, British Columbia under provincial emergency status

July 4, 2016 The Canadian Press

DELTA, B.C. – The Burns Bog fire southeast of Vancouver was 10 per cent contained Monday morning, with crews hoping to fully contain the flames by the end of the day. Chief Dan Copeland of the Delta Fire Department said

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Strictly Speaking

July 3, 2016 Owen Jones, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

A recent decision by a British Columbia court makes clear that strict compliance with the replacement cost endorsement is expected. The requirement to replace with “due diligence and dispatch” remains, even if the insurer has denied coverage for the loss and even if that denial is later overturned in the insured’s favour.

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Flooding in B.C.’s Peace Region closes provincial highway

June 17, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Flooding in British Columbia’s Peace Region is affecting provincial highways, resulting in the closure of Highway 97 between McKenzie Junction and Chetwynd and at Rolla Road between Highway 49 and Highway 2. An information bulletin issued Thursday afternoon by B.C.’s

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B.C. provides $1.6 million for flood-protecting dikes

June 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of British Columbia announced on Monday its latest funding toward a flood mitigation project – $1.6 million for flood-protecting dikes in the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver that will help protect a business

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Verisk Insurance Solutions expands FireLine to Western Canada

May 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Verisk Insurance Solutions announced on Thursday that it is expanding its FireLine wildfire risk management service to include the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. FireLine, which is well-established in the western United States, enables property-specific assessment of wildfire risk

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Great American offers supplemental employment insurance in British Columbia through BFL

April 15, 2016 by Greg Meckbach

The Canadian branch of Great American Insurance Company is offering consumers coverage intended to supplement federal Employment Insurance benefits through brokerage BFL Canada Risk and Insurance Services Inc., BFL announced Thursday. BFL is selling the Great American coverage, dubbed SalaryGuard,

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Who Pays for Recovery?

April 1, 2016 Clay Germain, President, Insurance Brokers Association of British Columbia

Canada can learn from the earthquake experience and loss elsewhere. Brokers in British Columbia are heartened by growing government support around prevention and recovery, but believe a shift from post-event disaster funding to securing funding sources before an event occurs will only help to further enhance resilience and reduce losses.