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Fire near Osoyoos, B.C., grows but shows ‘low’ activity says wildfire

July 29, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

OSOYOOS, B.C.- Wildfire crews in British Columbia hope to get the upper hand on a stubborn blaze that broke out last week in the southern Okanagan and has scorched just over four-square kilometres of timber and bush. The BC Wildfire

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Insurance available for ride hailing July 16 in B.C.

July 9, 2019 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The journey to bring ride-hailing to British Columbia came closer to a destination Monday as the provincial government announced it will start accepting applications in September for companies to enter the market. Safety, insurance and penalty rules and

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How buyouts of flood-prone properties are going in this community

July 8, 2019 Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

More than one year after rescuers swam from home to home in a low-income neighbourhood devastated by flooding in Grand Forks, B.C., some residents say they were rattled to learn the property buyouts they’ve been waiting for will be based

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What’s closed in Victoria after commercial fire

May 9, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA, B.C. – Days after flames tore through a vacant hotel in Victoria, one man is still missing and smoke lingers, forcing the closure of city hall and several other businesses. The fire in the former Victoria Plaza Hotel has

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ICBC plants seed for online auto renewals

May 8, 2019 by Adam Malik

A day many British Columbia policyholders have been calling for finally appears to be on the horizon. But it may force some brokers to change how they do business. While hosting an AMA (ask me anything) session on popular social

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B.C. Wildfire Service monitoring grass fire near Pemberton

April 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

PEMBERTON, B.C. – Residents of the Lil’wat First Nation just east of Pemberton, B.C., are closely watching a grass and brush fire that broke out late Tuesday afternoon. The First Nation set up an emergency operations centre and warned residents

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Sinkhole prompts evacuation order for 14 B.C. homes

February 15, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

SECHELT, B.C. – Residents of an upscale neighbourhood on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast will officially be barred from returning to their dream homes today. Sinkholes throughout the subdivision have prompted the District of Sechelt to issue evacuation orders covering 14

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One way to bullet-proof your waiver clause: Tribunal

January 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The use of bold lettering and capitalization in a waiver clause helped a storage locker firm defend itself from a claim from a customer. Four storage units were broken into on Aug. 12, 2016. One of those units was rented

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Homeowner loses case arising from power surge

January 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia homeowner who suffered property damage due to an electrical power surge cannot claim damages from the city, the Civil Resolution Tribunal has ruled. In January, 2016, a City of Salmon Arm snowplow hit a power pole, resulting

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Flood watches in British Columbia result from heavy rain

January 4, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Rainfall, wind, snow and winter storm warnings have been lifted for all of southern B.C. after a powerful system swept across the province leaving flooded or snow-clogged roads in its wake. On Vancouver Island, torrential downpours forced flood

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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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Single-vehicle bus collision injures 16 in British Columbia

November 2, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A bus carrying workers to a sawmill crashed Thursday afternoon north of Prince George, sending 16 people to hospital, three of them in critical condition. BC Emergency Health Services says one person was in serious condition