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Two out of three U.S. homeowners insurance customers would switch carriers to get discounts for using smart home devices, study finds

January 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Two out of three homeowners insurance customers in the United States would be willing to change insurance companies to get policy discounts for using smart home devices, according to new research findings released on Tuesday by NTT DATA. “Our study

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Economic losses from nat cat events in 2016 total US$210 billion, the highest loss amount in four years: Aon Benfield

January 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Three hundred and fifteen natural catastrophe events in 2016 generated economic losses of US$210 billion, the highest loss amount in four years and 21% above the 16-average of US$174 billion, according to Aon Benfield’s 2016 Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe

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School, town hall, RCMP office on fire in southern Newfoundland: police

January 17, 2017 The Canadian Press

MILLTOWN, N.L. – Police have taken one person into custody after the local school, town hall and police station all caught fire in a small community on Newfoundland’s south coast. RCMP Cpl. Trevor O’Keefe said calls started coming in at

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The Co-operators acquires brokerage Denny’s Insurance of Acton, Ont.

January 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Co-operators General Insurance Company announced on Monday that its wholly-owned subsidiary has purchased personal and commercial lines brokerage Denny’s Insurance. Current clients of Denny’s Insurance, located in Acton, Ont., will be notified of the change in ownership and their existing

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Hurricane Matthew clocks top wind speed for 2016 at 101 miles per hour (162.5 km/h): CoreLogic

January 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hurricane Matthew, which became the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007, clocked the top wind speed for 2016 at an estimated 101 miles per hour (about 162.5 kilometres per hour) on Oct. 6, according to CoreLogic’s Windy

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Three Takata workers indicted, accused of hiding air bag defects

January 13, 2017 Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin and Ed White - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted three former employees of Takata Corp., charging them with concealing deadly defects in the Japanese company’s automotive air bag inflators. The indictments on six counts of conspiracy and wire fraud

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Freezing rain causes accidents, closures in U.S. southern Plains

January 13, 2017 Jim Salter - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. LOUIS – A thick glaze of ice covered roads from Oklahoma to southern Illinois on Friday amid a winter storm that caused numerous wrecks, forced cancellation of schools, grounded flights and prompted dire warnings for people to stay home.

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Canada’s energy, utilities sectors should beef up climate change competency: report

January 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Companies in Canada’s most carbon-intensive sectors are not demonstrating “climate competency” in the boardroom and should be doing so to address climate change issues, suggests a report this week by Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE). “Investors are increasingly

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles receives notice of violation for alleged failure to disclose software that increases air pollution from vehicles

January 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Thursday that it has issued a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA US LLC (collectively FCA) for allegedly failing to disclose software that increases air pollution from vehicles.

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Thinking outside the box key to keeping p&c industry relevant, responsive: Cook

January 12, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Those in Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry must think outside the box and understand the importance of coupling new products with new delivery methods to meet ever-increasing and ever-changing customer expectations, Philip Cook, CEO of Omega Insurance Holdings Inc.,

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2016 deadliest year on Manitoba roads in a decade: MPI

January 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) reported on Wednesday that it has recorded the deadliest year on provincial highways in a decade. Based on preliminary data, there were 101 fatal collisions on public roadways in Manitoba in 2016, resulting in the deaths

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City of Toronto announces road safety plan for 2017, including 76 new red light camera sites

January 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The City of Toronto has announced its Vision Zero Road Safety Plan for 2017, which includes 45 new measures that will be introduced this year targeted at eliminating fatalities and reducing serious injuries, with an emphasis on pedestrians, aggressive and