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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

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Car sharing service Turo says launch into B.C. market is ‘imminent’

May 28, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Fans of car-sharing services in British Columbia are about to get another option within weeks of the closure of two other car-share businesses in the province. Turo, which describes itself as the world’s largest peer-to-peer car sharing platform,

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COVID 19 pandemic adds risk to wildfire season: B.C. forests minister

May 21, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

NEW HAZELTON, B.C. – The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the danger of British Columbia’s wildfire season and the province’s forests minister says public help is crucial to reduce fires. Doug Donaldson says wildfires caused by humans are preventable and divert

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B.C. businesses grapple with new health protocols as reopening begins Tuesday

May 19, 2020 Brenna Owen - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – As some British Columbia businesses prepare to reopen their doors on Tuesday when the province enters the second phase of its COVID-19 restart plan, others say they’re holding off while they grapple with new health protocols. Claire Wyrostok

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How B.C. is gradually reopening its economy

May 8, 2020 Dirk Meissner -THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia has reached the point in the COVID-19 pandemic where it will start a gradual reopening of the economy while also allowing social interactions between families, friends and communities to increase. The plan to restart the province

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New evacuation order in B.C. as flooding affects central Interior

April 24, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A flood warning has been issued for a river near Prince George, British Columbia, after it rose nearly 35 centimetres in a day. The B.C. River Forecast Centre, which assesses water supply, flood risk and predicts flows in

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How a regulator made it easier for P&C industry to social-distance

March 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s broker regulator has temporarily its loosened rules governing the workplace location of Level 1 salespeople, allowing them to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary rule change took effect Thursday. “The Insurance Council of BC shares

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Pollution exclusion means no coverage for this dry cleaner defendant

January 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia court ruling in favour of Intact Insurance Company and Economical Mutual Insurance Company is now final. A Vancouver-based dry cleaners that wanted to make a pollution-related claim with the two insurers, under commercial general liability policies, cannot

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How B.C. plans to address nat cat risk management

October 29, 2019 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The challenges of preventing and responding to devastating wildfires and floods in British Columbia and the prospect of more disasters to come has prompted the government to reassess its emergency management laws. The Emergency Program Act needs to

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The firm that wants to launch ride hailing in B.C. this winter

September 10, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Ride-hailing company Kater Technologies says it has officially applied for a licence that would allow it to operate in every region of British Columbia. A statement from the company says B.C. is one of the last areas of

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B.C. Okanagan wildfire remains out of control

August 9, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Wildfire Service says a fire in the province’s south Okanagan remains out of control but its direction offers a better chance for containment. The blaze near the town of Oliver has charred nearly 23 square

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B.C. jail added to properties under alert as wildfire grows

August 7, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A wildfire burning in steep and rocky terrain in British Columbia’s southern Okanagan is defying containment efforts and has grown to nine square kilometres in size. BC Wildfire Service maps show flames are moving through an area of