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Combined ratio for Canadian insurance industry in Q1 2017 estimated at 101.3%, up from 94.7% in Q1 2016: Baker

May 24, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The insurance industry in Canada saw a 6.6% hike in the combined operating ratio for the first quarter of 2017, from 94.7% in Q1 2016 to 101.3% in the first three months of this year, MSA Research Inc. president and

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Canadian companies lag in cybersecurity investments, survey finds

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than three-quarters (76%) of surveyed Canadian executives believe that the number of data breach attempts on their firms will be higher in a year, yet fewer than half said that their organization’s investments in cybersecurity will increase in that

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Ontario government ‘taking lessons learned’ from Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lalonde

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario’s community safety and correctional services minister is calling on “everyone interested” to comment on proposed changes to the Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan. The province is home to the world’s largest nuclear operating facility, Bruce Power reports on its

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DDoS attacks grew shorter, more complex and persistent in Q1 2017, new report suggests

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the first quarter of 2017 were growing shorter, more complex and persistent, according to a new report released on Monday. Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Imperva released on Monday its 2017 Q1 Global DDoS Threat

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Allied World board members concerned in 2016 with ‘protracted negotiations’ with un-named prospective buyer: SEC filing

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Six months before announcing its proposed acquisition by Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., commercial insurer Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG received an offer letter from an un-named prospective buyer for $48 a share, recently-released documents indicate. Fairfax and Zug,

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“Slow but steady” trend in take-up rates among U.S. cyber insurance clients: Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

There is a “slow but steady” trend in take-up rates among cyber insurance clients and prices continue to stabilize, according to a recent survey from the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) in Washington, DC. When it comes to

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Technology advances to change insurance value chain, offers chance to reboot

May 19, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Technology advances will likely affect – perhaps even eliminate – some current roles in the insurance value chain, but should be regarded as an opportunity to focus more on value-added services and getting a seat at the table where new

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Environment and Climate Change Canada releases technical paper on proposed federal carbon pricing options

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has released a technical paper outlining a proposed federal carbon pricing option for provinces that choose not to have their own system in place in 2018. A backgrounder from ECCC referenced the Pan-Canadian approach

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Child restraint systems in commercial aviation should be mandatory: TSB

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The use of child restraint systems should be mandatory on commercial aircraft in Canada, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada reiterated Thursday in a report on an accident that injured 25. No child restraint systems were used (nor were they

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Quebec announces increase in financial assistance for flood victims

May 18, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – The amount of financial assistance available for people dealing specifically with the aftermath of heavy flooding this year has been topped up, the Quebec government announced Wednesday. Premier Philippe Couillard told a news conference the province’s preliminary estimates

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Autonomous vehicles will add US$81 billion in new premiums for U.S. auto insurers by 2025: report

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance coverage for autonomous vehicles will bring US$81 billion in new premiums to the auto insurance industry in the United States over the next eight years, according to a new report from Accenture and Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT). The

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Storms pummel central U.S., as tornadoes kill at least two

May 17, 2017 The Associated Press (APR)

ELK CITY, Okla. – Storms whipped through a wide swath of the central U.S., forming tornadoes that flattened a Wisconsin mobile home park and an Oklahoma subdivision and killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others. The storms