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Appeal judge: Is the lack of a privacy-breach tort in this province ‘anachronistic’?

September 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s courts need to take a close look at the question of whether the province has a tort for breach of privacy, an appeal court judge suggested in a recent decision arising from a data breach at a Vancouver-based

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Why Canada’s top court is reviewing a snow removal lawsuit against a municipality

August 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The question of whether a municipality is protected from liability for a pedestrian’s injury arising from city staff’s snow removal decisions is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. The top court announced Thursday it will hear an appeal from

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Who’s getting funding for new research in wildfire prediction, responses

July 31, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A university located in the heart of one of British Columbia’s most volatile forest fire regions will lead new research in wildfire prediction, prevention and response. Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was chosen for the research that

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How B.C. adjusters are preparing for major earthquake

July 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When the next huge earthquake hits British Columbia, some independent adjusting firms may temporarily re-locate offices inland, perhaps even as far east as Alberta. Kernaghan Adjusters is aiming to be “up and running fairly quickly if we get into an

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Adjuster reacts to B.C. earthquake

July 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The earthquake earlier this week off the coast of Vancouver Island does not seem to have caused any insured property losses, but the industry is nonetheless encouraging all British Columbians to be prepared in any case for a large disaster.

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Separate quakes hit off B.C. and Alaska, but cause no damage, tsunami

July 22, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A moderate earthquake has occurred off northwest Vancouver Island but emergency officials in British Columbia say it has not produced a tsunami. Earthquakes Canada says the magnitude 5.4 quake struck at 4:33 a.m. and was centred 285 kilometres

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Basement flood victims lose suit against previous owners

July 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia homeowners who tried to sue the people who sold them the home for water damage allegedly caused by hydrostatic pressure lost their case at the Civil Resolution Tribunal. Seth Nanayakkara, Julia Wells and Linda Adams bought took possession

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How liability is shared for this left-turn collision at a yellow stoplight

July 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia motorist who was hit by an oncoming vehicle while turning left at a yellow light is 75% liable, not 100% liable as originally assessed by the insurer, the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) has ruled. Clayton Trenaman

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Flood warnings issued as B.C.’s major rivers surge, rainfall continues

July 3, 2020 Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Heavy rainfall has caused rivers to surge across much of British Columbia, washing out roads and putting many communities on alert. The River Forecast Centre has issued flood warnings, its highest alert, for the areas around the upper

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B.C. proposes ‘first step’ amendments to laws governing condo insurance

June 23, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The B.C. government says proposed legislation it has introduced takes first steps to address concerns about sky-high costs and availability of insurance for condominiums and other shared properties. Housing Minister Selina Robinson says the legislation proposes to amend

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B.C. report says condo insurance market ‘unhealthy,’ premiums up 40 per cent

June 16, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A report commissioned by the B.C. government says insurance premiums for condominium buildings have increased by as much as 40 per cent year over year while deductible costs have tripled. Blair Morrison, chief executive officer of The B.C.

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Flood warnings expand for part of B.C., but conditions ease elsewhere

June 1, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Flood warnings now cover a large section of southern British Columbia as river levels rise rapidly in response to heavy weekend rains and continuing snowmelt. The River Forecast Centre extended a flood warning Monday to the Boundary region, including the