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Maintaining wetlands could slash riverine flooding-related damage, local pilot project has national applicability: study

July 12, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Just leaving current wetlands in their natural state could cause riverine flooding-related flood damage to plummet as much as 38% and should provide the impetus for communities to view natural infrastructure as a climate adaptation solution, notes a study from

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Stilling quake risk in eastern Canada demands greater focus, awareness and effort: Swiss Re

July 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Risk awareness is severely lacking and not enough attention is being paid to quake risk in eastern Canada, a region with “huge” loss-inflicting potential that a Swiss Re model projects could produce the country’s largest nat-Cat loss ever if the

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Homeowners could see cheaper premiums with private insurance than with NFIP: report

July 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A majority of single-family homes in Florida, Texas and Louisiana could see cheaper premiums with private insurance than with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), according to a briefing paper from Milliman, a provider of actuarial and related products and

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Severe thunderstorm in Saskatoon causes power outages, street flooding

July 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Crews from the City of Saskatoon are responding to “power outages, lifted manhole covers and flooded streets” following a severe thunderstorm Monday evening. According to a press release on Monday from the city, Environment Canada issued a thunderstorm warning and

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Ontario government increases maximum fines for individuals, corporations that start forest fires

July 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of Ontario has announced increased maximum fines for individuals and corporations for starting forest fires. If found responsible, individuals can now be fined up to $25,000 for starting a forest fire, Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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IBC encouraging policyholders to discuss policy limits with insurers as B.C. wildfires continue

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

As British Columbia has declared a state of emergency due to wildfires burning out of control throughout much of the Interior, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is encouraging policyholders to discuss policy limits with their insurer. Most home and

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GC Securities completes “first ever indemnity triggered multi-Europe peril only” cat bond

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

GC Securities – a division of U.S. registered broker-dealer MMC Securities LLC, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC) – has announced the “first ever indemnity triggered multi-Europe peril only 144A catastrophe bond.” The placement of Principal At-Risk

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U.S. Geological Survey scientists to track effects of historic Lake Ontario flooding

July 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced on Friday that they will be conducting field work to gather up-to-date information to help emergency managers track and respond to historic levels of flooding on Lake Ontario. The scientists will begin

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Wildfire spreading west of 100 Mile House, B.C. as evacuation orders in effect

July 7, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. – A wildfire in British Columbia’s Cariboo region has scorched more than 12 square kilometres of bush near 100 Mile House. The BC Wildfire Service says heavy smoke makes it difficult to determine the exact size

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Saskatoon thunderstorm estimated to cost over US$30 million, floods and convective storms cost global economy US$5 billion in June: Aon Benfield

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A thunderstorm over Saskatoon on June 2 that spawned ping pong ball-sized hail is estimated to cost more than US$30 million, Aon Benfield said in its Global Catastrophe Recap report for the month of June. The fast-developing thunderstorm caused the

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Canadians evacuated from homes after a wildfire can expect to suffer $11,300 in financial losses: Square One Insurance

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadians evacuated from their homes because of wildfires can expect to suffer an average of $11,300 in financial losses, a recent study from Square One Insurance Services Inc. has found. Those with home insurance can recover most, but not all,

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Trans-Canada Highway closed as wildfire spreads west of Kamloops, B.C.

July 6, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – An out-of-control wildfire is burning through the Cherry Creek area west of Kamloops, B.C. The BC Wildfire Service says the 15-hectare fire has damaged one outbuilding and partially effected a residence in the area. Spokeswoman Justine Hunse