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More than 200 Canadian military members to help police deal with B.C. wildfires


KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces members will support the police response to devastating wildfires in British Columbia, bringing some relief to scores of exhausted officers on the ground. About 225 soldiers travelled on Thursday from CFB Edmonton

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Wildfires prompt evacuations on outskirts of Penticton, B.C.


PENTICTON, B.C. – Residents of a rural area on the outskirts of Penticton, B.C., on Thursday joined the more than 45,000 people in British Columbia who have fled their homes due to fast-moving fires. The blaze broke out around 9

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British Columbia extends state of emergency two weeks due to wildfires


VICTORIA – British Columbia’s new government is extending the state of emergency for two more weeks as wildfires sweeping across the province’s Interior show no signs of slowing. Premier John Horgan said his government’s first priority is to support the

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B.C. officials face challenges in bringing people home after fire evacuations


KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A British Columbia official says getting people to safety as fast-Moving wildfires approached was only half the battle _ the other half will be returning them home. Al Richmond, chairman of the Cariboo Regional District in B.C.’s

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Two wildfires break out in British Columbia


VERNON, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service is responding to two separate blazes that broke out on Tuesday, including one that has prompted an evacuation alert. A fire in the north Okanagan, northwest of Lumby, was fanned by high winds

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Safety management systems should be mandatory for all tug and barge operators: Transportation Safety Board of Canada

May 15, 2017 by Greg Meckbach

The federal transport department does not have an adequate inspection program for tug barge operations even though such operations can be riskier than conventional cargo-carrying vessels, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada suggested in a recent report. “Tug and barge

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Free windshield chip repair to be included in ICBC optional coverage

February 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia announced Wednesday it will offer optional coverage for windshield repair for private passenger vehicles as well as some commercial light vehicles. “Starting this spring, customers who purchase ICBC’s optional comprehensive coverage will be able to

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Search and rescue crews in B.C. launch UAV pilot

December 12, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) announced on Friday its endorsement of a one-year pilot project for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) by search and rescue crews in Coquitlam and Kamloops. Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi

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Wildfire still active, 75% contained in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley

August 24, 2016 THE CANADIAN PRESS

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. — Visitors forced to flee from a campsite in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley ahead of a raging wildfire on Sunday night will have a chance to retrieve abandoned items. The Central Okanagan Regional District says people who

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Vancouver area wildfire 60% contained, industrial park evacuation ends

July 6, 2016 Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

DELTA, B.C. – Weather is not considered a factor in the cause of a wildfire at a unique peat bog in Delta, B.C., as crews contained about 60% of the blaze on Tuesday, the fire chief says. Dan Copeland said

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Wildfire puts Delta, British Columbia under provincial emergency status

July 4, 2016 The Canadian Press

DELTA, B.C. – The Burns Bog fire southeast of Vancouver was 10 per cent contained Monday morning, with crews hoping to fully contain the flames by the end of the day. Chief Dan Copeland of the Delta Fire Department said