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Who is now leading Willis Towers Watson Canada

November 30, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Laura Samaroo (pictured, above) is the new Canadian region leader for Willis Towers Watson PLC, the Dublin-based brokerage announced Tuesday. Samaroo is based in Vancouver. She had been Willis Towers Watson’s Western Canadian market leader and Canada co-leader until being

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Environment Canada working to confirm possible weekend tornado over Vancouver

November 8, 2021 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Environment Canada is examining all available evidence as meteorologists try to confirm if a rare and powerful tornado touched down Saturday on Vancouver’s west side.   The weather office confirms a tornado was spotted over the Strait of

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How (and when) to turn a post-earthquake fire Cat into a kitten

March 3, 2021 by David Gambrill

Huge insurance bills for natural disasters such as fire following earthquake could be substantially reduced by paying for improvements that amount to a fraction of the damage estimates. But timing is everything when recommending how to “build back better,” says

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Large protest gatherings pose COVID 19 risks: B.C. health officials

June 2, 2020 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – Large public gatherings, including anti-racism protests, pose health risks during a pandemic, British Columbia’s top health officials said Monday. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said people in B.C. have the right to protest and express their feelings,

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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