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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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Court appoints committees to represent Economical mutual and non-mutual policyholders

February 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An Ontario court has appointed two committees to negotiate the allocation of benefits from a demutualization of Economical Insurance, the Waterloo, Ont.-based insurance carrier announced Friday. No federally regulated P&C insurers have demutualized yet. Canada did not have regulations allowing

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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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Global organizations will spend US$1.2 trillion on “digital transformation technologies” in 2017: International Data Corporation

February 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global organizations will spend US$1.2 trillion on digital transformation this year, with the fastest growth coming from insurance, banking, retail and healthcare providers, International Data Corporation (IDC) said on Thursday. A new update to IDC’s Worldwide Digital Transformation Spending Guide

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RSA Group reports record 2016 underwriting profit of 380 million pounds and record combined ratio of 94.2%

February 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

RSA Group has reported a record Group underwriting profit of 380 million pounds for 2016 – up 73% from 220 million pounds in 2015 – and a record Group combined ratio of 94.2% compared to 96.9% in 2015. RSA also

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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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Combined ratio up 8 points for PartnerRe

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PartnerRe Ltd., which has a Toronto branch office, reported an eight-point deterioration in its combined ratio, from 85.6% in 2015 to 93.6% in 2016, while the net loss in Q4 2016 was US$173.7 million. In addition to reinsurance, Hamilton, Bermuda-based

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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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-30- Forensic Engineering’s Jiwan Thapar Presents Full Day Course at Toronto Construction Association on Feb 28, 2017

February 23, 2017 by -30- Forensic Engineering

Construction disputes can be complex as they have multiple layers of cost, time and quality components. Majority of the construction claims originate from poor/inadequate management, unanticipated project events and other circumstances which prevent work from being performed as originally planned.

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Ontario Securities Commission, U.K. regulator sign co-operation agreement on fintech businesses

February 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have signed a new agreement under which fintech businesses in both jurisdictions will be able to seek support from their financial regulators as they look to operate