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What could cause more flood woes in B.C.

May 14, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Torrential rains that pushed southern British Columbia waterways to flood stage have eased, but officials warn a new threat of unseasonably warm weather could rapidly melt snowpacks, adding to already swollen rivers. David Campbell, head of the B.C.

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Claims, Interrupted

May 8, 2018 Shane Swinson, SVP, insurance portfolio, FirstOnSite Restoration

Why a new breed of storms paves a new course for claims managers

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Storm surge coverage now available for first time

May 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Co-operators announced Monday that homeowners in British Columbia and Nova Scotia can now be insured for storm surge damage, calling the coverage the first and only of its kind in Canada. Storm surges are waves caused by storms and

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Officials warning B.C. flooding this year may be worse due to 2017 wildfires

May 3, 2018 The Canadian Press

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Emergency officials in British Columbia’s southern Interior warn that devastating wildfires that charred thousands of square kilometres of timber and bush last year now have the potential to make seasonal flooding even more severe. The warning

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Provinces need more info about marijuana impairment testing technology

April 27, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – British Columbia may have unveiled its plan for regulating recreational marijuana, but the enforcement and testing for drug-impaired driving remains hazy. Solicitor General Mike Farnworth says the provinces need to hear “ASAP” from the federal government about what

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Major flood of B.C.’s Fraser River could cause billions in economic losses: ICLR speaker

April 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

A major flood of British Columbia’s Fraser River or a coastal flood between now and 2100 could trigger economic losses of between $20 billion and $30 billion, a recent flood strategy report found. Released in 2016, Phase 1 of the

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B.C. homes on flood evacuation alert as dam weakens, water levels rise

April 17, 2018 The Canadian Press

OLIVER, B.C. – Flooding across the British Columbia Interior has washed out roads and put homes on evacuation alert. The Ministry of Transportation says Highway 33 from the Mission Creek Bridge to Kelowna is closed in both directions due to

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Aviva just embedded earthquake coverage into B.C. home policies. Quebec could be next.

April 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

Aviva Canada is embedding earthquake coverage in all of its homeowner and tenant insurance policies in British Columbia, coverage that is typically offered as an endorsement. The insurer is also conducting a needs analysis to determine if it will introduce the

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New method can predict where lightning will spark wildfires

March 12, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Apparently lightning can strike the same place twice after all. A study by researchers at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering suggests it’s possible to predict where lightning will strike and how often. They say satellite

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B.C. to upgrade red light cameras to catch speeders at crash-prone intersections

March 9, 2018 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – Red light cameras are being upgraded around British Columbia to help identify vehicles speeding through intersections. The provincial government says the new technology will be installed on cameras at intersections where there are a high number of speed-related

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How British Columbia will handle auto accident benefit disputes

February 14, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A new dispute resolution system for auto insurance in British Columbia will probably focus both on first-party accident benefit disputes and resolving claims from minor injuries, but the details have yet to be worked out, a spokesperson for the province’s

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Let the private market compete in British Columbia: IBC

January 31, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s monopoly should end, Insurance Bureau of Canada said this week, but the province’s attorney general contends that competition will not result in lower premiums for B.C. vehicle owners. Opening up auto insurance to competition “does