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CEP Forensic and Sintra Engineering merge to create “Canada’s largest forensic engineering firm”

July 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

CEP Forensic Inc. and Sintra Engineering Inc., eastern and western Canadian forensic engineering providers, have announced a merger to create what they are calling the country’s largest forensic engineering firm. The newly created entity, CEP-Sintra, will have close to one

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Oil spill cleanup continues at derailed freight train site, CN investigating

July 4, 2017 The Associated Press

PLAINFIELD, Ill. – The effort to clean up 40,000 gallons of crude oil continues south of Chicago where a freight train derailed last week. Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron said Monday the company is investigating the cause and circumstances

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IBC applauds Toronto port lands flood protection funding

June 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Investments in flood mitigation will help make Toronto’s under-used Port Lands safer for mixed-use development, Insurance Bureau of Canada suggested Thursday in reaction to a June 28 announcement that the federal and provincial governments will contribute $1.185-billion towards a project

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Insured losses from Tropical Cyclone Debbie reach nearly AU$1 billion: Insurance Council of Australia

June 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured losses from Tropical Cyclone Debbie have reached nearly AU$1 billion as of June 28, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) said on Thursday. As of June 28, insurers had received more than 58,000 claims stretching from North Queensland to

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Toronto mayor: Hidden flooding damage will cost millions to repair

June 29, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

Toronto’s mayor says the cost of fixing the damage done to the city’s shorelines and the Toronto Islands by high water levels on Lake Ontario this summer will run to many millions of dollars. But John Tory warns the full

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$1.185B flood protection project to lead to Toronto waterfront makeover

June 28, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A portion of Toronto’s waterfront is set to undergo a nearly $1.2 billion flood protection project that will lead to a makeover of the area. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory announced

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Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators releases 2017-2020 strategic plan

June 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators (CCIR) has published its strategic plan for 2017-2020, which focuses its efforts on cooperative supervisory activities, fair treatment of consumers, risks and coverages related to nat cats, and a cooperative approach to financial services

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MSA calls for ‘sustainable solution for underinsurance’ in overland flood

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A potential solution to overland flood risk in Canada “could follow” the model of Britain’s Flood Re, MSA Research Inc. suggested in a report released Monday to Canadian Underwriter. Toronto-based MSA released its Quarterly Outlook Report for Q1 2017. In

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Fire destroys N.L. apartment complex, leaves dozens homeless in St. John’s

June 27, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

JOHN’S, N.L. – A massive, fast-moving fire at a public housing complex has forced about 35 people out of their homes in a blaze that sent large plumes of smoke billowing above St. John’s, N.L. Fire platoon Chief Brian Tucker

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New Zealand proposes shaking up earthquake commission scheme to smooth claims resolution

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Zealand will continue to flesh out the details of proposed changes aimed at simplifying and improving the Earthquake Commission (EQC) scheme to help support more timely response to affected policyholders. Reforms to the Earthquake Commission Act seek to “simplify

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U.S. earthquakes estimated to cost US$6.1 billion annually in building stock losses

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Earthquakes are estimated to cost the United States US$6.1 billion annually in building stock losses, according to an updated report published last week by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The new loss estimate represents a 10% increase over the

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AIR Worldwide releases probabilistic crop hail model for Canada

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

AIR Worldwide has released what the catastrophe risk modelling firm calls the industry’s first crop hail model to provide stakeholders across the crop insurance value chain with a probabilistic view of the effects of hail on Canadian crops. Currently available