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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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B.C. tourism industry taking major hit due to wildfires

August 31, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – British Columbia’s tourism industry is taking a hit with businesses reporting rising cancellations and decreased traffic over fears of wildfires. Maya Lange with Destination BC, the province’s tourism planning and marketing corporation, said Wednesday preliminary results from a survey of businesses in the Kootenay-Rockies region found that 32 per cent are anticipating losses due to perceptions of the fires.
“We are very concerned. Just looking at the volume of visitation and the volume of trips that are taken by British Columbian…

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Backcountry closures due to wildfires put further economic damper on B.C. region

August 14, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Businesses in British Columbia’s wildfire-ravaged Cariboo region are bracing for more economic hardship after the closure of much of the backcountry during peak tourism season. Executive director Claudia Blair of the Williams Lake Visitor Centre says

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B.C. considers closing wide swath of backcountry because of wildfire risk

August 11, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – A mix of dry conditions and forecast lightning has officials in British Columbia considering closing access to a vast section of its backcountry to mitigate the wildfire risk. Restrictions on access to all Crown land in

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B.C. tourism businesses feeling effects of wildfires, reporting cancellations

August 10, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Tourism officials are starting to assess the impact of devastating wildfires in British Columbia and have received mixed feedback on the toll so far on the travel sector. Maya Lange of Destination BC, the province’s tourism planning

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Officials say damaged rail line to Churchill, Man. could be fixed in two months

June 23, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

WINNIPEG – Indigenous and municipal leaders from northern Manitoba say a broken rail line to Churchill could be fixed in about two months if governments and the railway owner are willing to spend the money. Chief Betsy Kennedy of the

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Toronto considering zoning, licensing and taxation rules for short-term rental platforms

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The City of Toronto will soon consider recommendations to adopt new rules for short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb – which are unregulated – to address concerns ranging from noise to safety and taxation, notes a municipal backgrounder. The Report

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Doubts being raised over Quebec’s legislation regulating Airbnb-type rentals

September 19, 2016 Ross Marowits - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec is often held up as a model for other provinces to follow when it comes to regulating the growing home-sharing market, but doubts are being raised over whether recent provincial changes are having any impact. In April,