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Supreme Court of Canada bars lawsuits against hospital, police by auto accident victims compensated by SAAQ

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An auto accident victim who is compensated by Quebec’s public automobile insurance plan cannot sue a third party for an “aggravated” or “separate” aspect of the injury, provided there is a “plausible, logical and sufficiently close link” between the accident

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Nearly 400 motorists caught for failing to buckle up in Saskatchewan in February: SGI

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Police issued 398 tickets for failing to wear a seatbelt or properly secure children in vehicles during last month’s traffic safety spotlight on occupant safety, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) reported on Monday. In February, law enforcement across the province were

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Risk management overhaul necessary for cities to become more resilient to catastrophic events: report

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials for cities, investors and insurers will increasingly need to “build resilience within and between infrastructure systems as a complementary approach to address infrastructure risk and uncertainty,” argues a new report from Lloyd’s and Arup. “While risk management remains a

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Multi-line brokerage Andrew Agencies Ltd. announces acquisition of McCracken Insurance M.I.L. Ltd.

March 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Multi-line brokerage Andrew Agencies Ltd. announced on Thursday the acquisition of Airdrie, Alta.-based McCracken Insurance M.I.L. Ltd. Andrew Agencies will acquire McCracken Insurance on April 3, the former said in a press release. The new Airdrie location will be the

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Present Canadian approach to wildland/urban interface fires requires “radical and sweeping strategic shift”: ICLR

March 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The present Canadian approach to wildland/urban interface fires requires a “radical and sweeping strategic shift,” the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) said in a newly released report into the Fort McMurray wildfire. The final report was titled Why some

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B.C. government invests over $10.5 million in Fraser Valley flood mitigation

March 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of British Columbia has announced a $10.5 million investment in dike and pump upgrades to the Fraser Valley Regional District’s Nicomen Island diking system as part of more than $80 million in emergency preparedness funding announced on March

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LexisNexis Risk Solutions explores roadmap to “touchless” claims

March 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

While some insurance carriers continue to favour traditional claims processes, the demand for faster cycle times, reduced expenses and improved customer satisfaction is driving increased automation and an eventual migration from virtual to “touchless claims,” according to a new report

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St. John’s, Nfld.-based brokerage Cal LeGrow Insurance joins Canadian Broker Network

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s network of independent insurance brokers, the Canadian Broker Network (CBN), announced on Tuesday that Cal LeGrow Insurance Ltd., from St. John’s, Newfoundland, has joined the network. “We are thrilled to have Cal LeGrow join CBN,” Lorie Phair, managing director

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Supreme Court of Canada could consider whether alcohol consumption is relevant in dangerous driving trials

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s highest court may consider whether a jury, in deciding whether a person is guilty of the criminal offence of dangerous driving causing death, should consider whether the accused had been drinking alcohol, if the accused was not convicted of

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New DGIG water protection program available country-wide

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins General Insurance Group has announced the cross-country availability of a new home insurance program designed to keep policyholders informed of potential leak sources so that action can be taken and water-related damage prevented. Water damage accounts for more than

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Square One finds it ‘surprising’ how many renters go without home insurance

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A survey indicates that most renters in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia have home insurance, Square One Insurance Services Inc. suggested Monday. The Vancouver based firm “recently surveyed over 1,500 renters in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.” More than a

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1 in 10 Manitoba drivers participating in voluntary roadside surveys last fall tested positive for drugs: Manitoba Public Insurance

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One in 10 Manitoba drivers who participated in voluntary roadside surveys conducted last fall tested positive for drugs, according to the recently released survey findings. Manitoba Crown Services Minister Ron Schuler and Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) announced the findings of