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Collision damages ships in Vancouver Harbour

March 20, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

RICHMOND, B.C. – Transport Canada says two ships collided in Vancouver Harbour Sunday after one lost power, but no one was injured and no pollutants were released. The federal department says in a statement that the bulk carrier MV Caravos

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Transportation Safety Board involved in probe of crane collapsing on ship

February 1, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – The Transportation Safety Board is deploying a team of investigators to the Port of Vancouver following the collapse of a large crane onto a loaded container vessel. A statement from the safety board says the ship, the Ever

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Winds affecting Vancouver area could damage property

December 14, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Powerful winds are set to sweep British Columbia on Friday with gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour in some areas. Environment Canada has posted wind warnings for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and parts of

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Vancouver’s short-term rental listings drop by half after new rules introduced

September 11, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver says the number of short-term rentals listed online has dropped by almost half since new rules came into effect requiring operators to have a business licence. There are 3,742 active Vancouver listings on sites

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System for enforcing legalized recreational marijuana remains hazy

June 3, 2018 Gemma Karstens-Smith - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Marijuana businesses are growing in size and scope as Canada moves toward legalization of recreational pot, creating an increasingly daunting job for those tasked with enforcing the rules. In Vancouver’s bustling downtown, sleek, modern posters with fashionable fonts

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City of Vancouver files claim against owners of vessel that leaked fuel in 2015

May 29, 2018 Canadian Press

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says the city has filed a federal court claim against the owner of a vessel that spilled fuel into English Bay in 2015, as part of the city’s continuing effort to get compensation for its response

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Newly legalized Airbnb rentals — Who’s insuring them?

November 16, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Vancouver City Council has approved new regulations for short-term rentals, including Airbnb, legalizing rentals of less than 30 days in principal residences in the city. The regulations, which come into effect April 2018, allow city residents to apply for and

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Regulatory reforms of homesharing services may penalize casual users, Airbnb says

October 26, 2017 Aleksandra Sagan - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – As Canadian cities continue to wage a regulatory crack down on online home-rental platforms, Airbnb maintains it’s open to regulation provided new rules don’t penalize casual users and recognize not every host runs a full-fledged business. Vancouver and

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B.C. Green Party leader to re-introduce ridesharing legislation in the fall

August 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The leader of the BC Green Party said on Monday that he will re-introduce legislation this fall to enable ridesharing in the province.
Andrew Weaver said in a press release that he has twice introduced the Ridesharing Enabling Act, once in April 2016 and again in February 2017.
“All parties want to see B.C. be a leader in the emerging economy,” Weaver said in the release. “To do so, government must take a proactive, responsive approach that considers the wide ranging impacts of technological innovation. Vancouver is the largest…

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Q2 commission, fee growth flat at Willis Towers Watson

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis Towers Watson plc reported Thursday its commissions and fees from corporate risk and broking were $624 million during the three months ending June 30, a slight drop from $627 million during the same period in 2016. “North America organic

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17% of secondary rental suites in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. considered illegal: Square One Insurance survey

August 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Seventeen per cent of rental suites in detached houses in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia are considered illegal, a new survey from Vancouver-based Square One Insurance Services Inc. has found. The study involved a survey of more than 5,500 homeowners

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Artificial intelligence saw record high investments in Canada in past five years: report

July 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial Intelligence (AI) attracted US$162 million in investments across 12 deals in the first half of 2017, the highest amount of funding in Canada in the past five years, according to the quarterly MoneyTree Canada Report from PwC Canada and