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Flood risk remains “moderate to major” across Manitoba: infrastructure minister

February 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Flood risk across Manitoba remains “moderate to major” across the province, the provincial infrastructure minister said on Monday. Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen issued the province’s first 2017 flood outlook on Monday, suggesting that levels of spring flooding will be

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Storm-lashed California roads, dams could cost US$1B to fix

February 27, 2017 Scott Smith - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

FRESNO, Calif. – The bill to repair California’s crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged roadways that more than doubles what

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California governor seeks flood control funds

February 24, 2017 The Associated Press

California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to spend $437 million on immediate flood control and emergency response actions in the storm-drenched state. Brown said Friday he would do that by redirecting $50 million from the state general fund and requesting a

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Cleanup of oil spill in Saskatchewan cost $107 million, Husky Energy says

February 24, 2017 Dan Healing - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – A major oil pipeline spill last year in Saskatchewan cost $107 million to clean up, a $17-million increase from a September estimate of $90 million, according to pipeline operator Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) of Calgary. The pipeline rupture last

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Federal government to conduct field exercise on response to incidents involving flammable liquids transported by rail

February 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Transport Canada (TC) and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) announced on Friday that they will conduct a field exercise this weekend designed to improve Canada’s response capabilities in the event of an incident involving a train carrying flammable liquids,

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Government of Alberta advances Disaster Recovery Program funding to help with Fort McMurray uninsurable costs

February 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of Alberta announced on Thursday that it is advancing $20 million in Disaster Recovery Program funding to help with uninsurable costs related to the Fort McMurray wildfire. The funding is intended to help with uninsurable costs, such as

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RSA Canada posts solid underwriting profit despite nat-Cat events in 2016

February 24, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

RSA Canada witnessed increased underwriting profit and a solid combined ratio for 2016 despite what can only be described as a challenging year that featured Canada’s most costly insurable nat-Cat ever and a host of other adverse weather events. “We’re

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Crop insurance coverage levels in Saskatchewan increasing to a record $217 per acre this year

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Crop insurance coverage levels in Saskatchewan are increasing to a record $217 per acre in 2017, up from $216 per acre in 2016. A joint press release from Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on Thursday

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PERILS puts initial loss estimate for extra-tropical cyclone Egon at 212 million euros

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry-wide catastrophe insurance data, has put the initial loss estimate for extra-tropical cyclone Egon at 212 million euros. The low pressure system associated with Egon developed as a secondary low from a large

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Swiss Re reports 2016 net income of US$3.6 billion, P&C Re net income of US$2.1 billion

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Swiss Re has reported full-year 2016 net income of US$3.6 billion, including Property & Casualty Reinsurance net income of US$2.1 billion. Swiss Re said that its net income in P&C Re was US$2.1 billion last year compared to US$3 billion

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Two U.S. dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

February 22, 2017 Michael R. Blood - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES – Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters

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Combined ratio up 2 points for SCOR

February 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Paris-based reinsurer SCOR SE released Wednesday its latest financial results, reporting a combined ratio of 93.1% in 2016, up 2 points from 91.1% in 2015. The combined ratio in the most recent quarter was 93.3%, up 1.1 points from 92.2%