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Tornadoes suspected in violent N.B. storm: ‘It came without any notice’

May 19, 2017 The Canadian Press

SHIPPAGAN, N.B. – Authorities suspect a violent storm that hit New Brunswick suddenly late Thursday, ripping roofs apart and pulling down utility poles, may have been powered by tornadoes. “They were expecting some thundershowers, but nothing of that magnitude so

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IBC, Edmonton Police Service and RCMP join forces on campaign about rising auto theft rates in Edmonton

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), Edmonton Police Service (EPS) and the RCMP are partnering to launch an educational campaign on rising auto theft rates in Edmonton. The campaign, titled Lock Out Auto Theft, consists of a website, social media

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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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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 shrink U.S. auto OEM collision repair revenue by 48% by 2030: KPMG

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the United States will see a 48% dent in their lucrative collision parts business as a result of self-driving cars, a new report from audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG. The report Will autonomous vehicles

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Mexican resort can be sued in Alberta by tourist alleged to have accidentally ingested cleaning fluid in hotel room

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A lawsuit against a Mexican vacation resort – arising from a tourist alleged to have accidentally ingested cleaning product stored in a water bottle in a mini bar fridge – can proceed in Alberta, as a result of a ruling

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Global market for usage-based insurance grew by 32% in 2016 to 14 million policies: PTOLEMUS

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global market for usage-based insurance (UBI) insurance grew by 32% in 2016 to 14 million policies, according to PTOLEMUS Consulting Group’s UBI Quarterly Dashboard, released on Thursday. The dashboard is a 100-page quarterly quantitative and business intelligence report surveying

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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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Saskatchewan government extends effective data for PST on insurance premiums

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Saskatchewan announced on Wednesday that it has extended the effective date for the application of provincial sales tax to insurance premiums following discussions with insurance industry associations. The Ministry of Finance said in a press release that

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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

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Residents airlifted out as rising Churchill River threatens Labrador town

May 17, 2017 The Canadian Press

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. – Police in Labrador say residents of a small community surrounded by water are being evacuated as an ice jam causes a river to swell and flood the area. RCMP Cpl. Rick Mills says the air

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Q1 combined ratio ex-MYA 101.6% for Desjardins General Insurance

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins General Insurance Group reported Thursday an underwriting loss, excluding market yield adjustment, of $17.2 million during the three months ending March 31, while premiums dropped 11% from the same period of last year. Direct premiums written dropped from $1.04