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Single-vehicle bus collision injures 16 in British Columbia

November 2, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A bus carrying workers to a sawmill crashed Thursday afternoon north of Prince George, sending 16 people to hospital, three of them in critical condition. BC Emergency Health Services says one person was in serious condition

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Appeal court nixes $100K awarded for lost income

October 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A plaintiff who was injured in an auto accident has had her award cut by $100,000 because she is not entitled to compensation for loss of income, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled. Yi Gao sued Brian Dietrich

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Why your clients are increasingly exposed to wildfire losses

September 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Climate change has turned the risk of wildfire into a year-round peril in Western Canada, a geography expert says. In the past, wildfire season started in April or May and ended some time in October, said Dominic Ford, senior geospatial

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B.C. wildfire not expected to grow further

September 4, 2018 Spencer Harwood - THE CANADIAN PRESS

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – British Columbia’s wildfire service says precipitation and favourable weather have allowed it to contain one of the province’s largest active wildfires, more than a month after it was initially discovered. After growing to more than 900

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B.C. wildfire season now second worst in province’s history

August 27, 2018 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – A year after the single worst season for wildfires in British Columbia’s history, government statistics indicate the 2018 wildfire season has already reached the second-worst mark, burning more than 9,450 square kilometres of land so far. That should

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How smoke from B.C. wildfires affects this industry

August 24, 2018 Beth Leighton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Winemakers can only hope the scent of smoke that’s in the air across British Columbia from wildfires won’t swirl in the glass once this year’s vintages have been bottled. Smoke-shrouded grapes can give an ashy, bitter flavour to

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Strong Oregon quake felt in Vancouver and Sidney, B.C.

August 23, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake that hit nearly 300 kilometres off the south-central coast of Oregon early Wednesday was strong enough to be felt in British Columbia. Data from the United States Geological Survey shows residents in Vancouver and

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Where provincial drivers crashed an average of 960 times a day

July 22, 2018 by Jason Contant

Vehicle crashes in British Columbia hit an all-time high of 350,000 in 2017, the province’s public insurer reported this week. This equates to about 960 crashes a day – a 25% increase from 2014. “That means one out of 10

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Where premiums actually went down in Canada

July 17, 2018 by Jason Contant

Average premiums for personal auto in Atlantic Canada decreased for the second consecutive quarter, according to Applied Systems’ latest quarterly rating index. On the other side of the country, in British Columbia, average personal property premiums also decreased for the

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End of the line for auto injury lawsuit over restaurant tip income

July 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A former restaurant server who sought a $3.8-million award after being hit by a car has lost her bid to have her lawsuit heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it has dismissed

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Small earthquake detected off coast of B.C.

June 4, 2018 The Canadian Press

HAIDA GWAII, B.C. – A small earthquake has been detected off of British Columbia’s coast. Earthquakes Canada says the 4.2-magnitude quake struck Saturday afternoon, 94 kilometres west of the village of Masset, B.C., in the Haida Gwaii archipelago. The agency

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Report to government suggests hot opportunity for brokers right now

May 14, 2018 by Jason Contant

Brokers in British Columbia looking to place overland flood cover should review a recent study that found polled respondents did not have access to overland flood insurance, did not know about it, or found it unaffordable. Even more alarming, most