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TSB calls on aviation regulator to ‘reduce the risk of impairment’ of flight crew

November 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s aviation industry should have a “comprehensive substance abuse program” that includes drug and alcohol testing of workers in safety-sensitive positions, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada recommended in a recent accident report. In 2015, two commercial pilots were killed

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B.C. to designate distracted driving as high-risk behavior under ICBC’s Driver Risk Premium program

November 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Attorney General announced on Monday that it will work to designate distracted driving as a high-risk driving behaviour under the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) Driver Risk Premium program. This means a

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Echelon Insurance reports near halving of net income in 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3

November 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The B.C. wildfires and losses related to commercial auto and motorcycle contributed to Echelon Insurance witnessing a 42% decrease in net income and an increase in combined operating ratio for 2017 Q3 compared to 2016 Q3. Net income amounted to

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Almost half of B.C. drivers using winter tires this year: ICBC survey

October 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly half (48%) of polled drivers in British Columbia “plan to or already have put winter tires on their vehicle in anticipation of another heavy winter this year,” the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) reported on Monday. The survey

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B.C. strengthens spill response regulations

October 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Transporters of liquid petroleum products in British Columbia now will need to have provincial plans in place to manage a spill, the province’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy announced on Friday. The new regulations requiring spill preparedness apply

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Brakes tapped on ridesharing in B.C. despite election promises to allow Uber

October 4, 2017 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – An election promise to bring ridesharing to British Columbia by the end of the year has taken a detour as the NDP government says safety of passengers and operators comes first. Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said Tuesday the

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Turo launches car-sharing marketplace in B.C., partners with car rental entrepreneurs

October 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Turo, which connects local car owners with travellers looking for adventure and in need of a vehicle, has expanded its car-sharing marketplace into British Columbia. To address provincial insurance regulations, the company has structured the expansion by partnering with local,

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belairdirect launches app to reward good drivers in Alberta and B.C.

September 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

belairdirect announced on Tuesday that it is launching a new app to help reward good drivers in Alberta and British Columbia. The automerit app assesses customers’ driving skills, helping them save on their insurance premiums through a discount, while providing

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B.C.’s wildfire-related state of emergency expires

September 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia’s wildfire-driven provincial state of emergency expired at midnight (Pacific time) on Friday, the province’s Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has reported. The state of emergency was declared on July 7 and extended four times over the

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Hub International acquires Integro (Canada) Ltd.

September 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hub International Limited announced on Friday that is has acquired P&C brokerage Integro (Canada) Ltd. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Hub noted in a press release. With offices in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, Integro Canada is a

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Distracted driving results in more deaths in B.C. than impaired driving: ICBC

September 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Distracted driving continues to claim more lives on roads in British Columbia than impaired driving, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) said in a press release on Wednesday. Despite tougher penalties, more police enforcement and continued public education, on

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“Drastic action” needed to address ICBC ails, remedy hefty rate hikes

September 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The British Columbia government has taken the reins to protect drivers and address mounting financial concerns at the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC), including by limiting rate increases that threatened to reach double-digits. “Drastic action is needed to fix ICBC’s