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New impaired driving laws could let ‘majority of stoned drivers’ escape prosecution: advocacy groups

July 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s ruling Liberals want to make it an offence for vehicle operators to have more than two nanograms for milliliter of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in their blood, but two lobby groups suggested Wednesday it should be an offence, in some circumstances,

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Revenues up $17 million for Manitoba Public Insurance

July 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation reported Friday its total earned revenues for the three months ending May 31 increased 3.7% year over year, while bodily injury claims were up $34.5 million year over year. MPI, a crown corporation with a monopoly

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Applying blockchain technology could slash US$40 billion in costs for financial services: BIS Research

July 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Implementing blockchain technology could produce hefty cost savings in the billions of dollars annually for the financial services market, suggests a new report released Friday by Minnesota-based BIS Research. Characterizing blockchain as a revolutionary development, its application “could lead to

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Estimated insured damage for June storm in central Alberta upwards of $30 million

July 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A severe storm that swept through central Alberta in the third week of June is estimated to have caused more than $30 million in insured damage, reports Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), citing figures from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc.

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Parts of Wisconsin, Illinois recovering from flooding; 6,800 buildings affected in Illinois

July 14, 2017 Ivan Moreno - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BURLINGTON, Wis. – Flooding in the Midwest closed roadways and knocked out power to thousands, including a suburban Chicago hospital that was forced to close, but residents in the Wisconsin city of Burlington appeared upbeat even as portions of streets

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State of emergency continues as wildfires affect interior B.C.

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Mining and wood products are among the industries affected by wildfires in British Columbia’s interior, where a state of emergency is in place. Imperial Metals Corp. announced Wednesday that an open pit copper/gold mine 56 kilometres northeast of Williams Lake

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Property market loss estimate for Europe’s Cyclone Egon reaches 275 million euros: PERILS

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The latest property insurance market loss estimate for extratropical cyclone Egon, which hit parts of France and Germany in mid-January, has increased to 275 million euros, Zurich-based PERILS reported on Wednesday. Representing the third of four estimates to be issued

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Hannover Re, Guy Carpenter place $960 million worth of ILS transactions in three U.S. states

July 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hannover Re announced Wednesday it has completed three insurance-linked securities transactions, through Marsh and McLennan Companies Inc.’s GC Securities unit, with a total value of $960 million. All figures are in United States dollars. Hannover Re said it transferred $750

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Vancouver mobile app development company launches pilot program to protect Canadians from distracted driving

July 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

eBrake Technologies Inc., a mobile app development company founded in Vancouver in June 2016, announced on Wednesday a pilot program that will offer a smartphone app designed to prevent distracted driving. The pilot program will offer smartphone app eBrake to

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Takata adds new type of inflator to huge air bag recall

July 12, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Takata is adding a new type of air bag inflator to the nation’s largest automotive recall. The company filed documents with the U.S. government adding 2.7 million vehicles to the recall from Ford, Nissan and Mazda, all with

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Maintaining wetlands could slash riverine flooding-related damage, local pilot project has national applicability: study

July 12, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Just leaving current wetlands in their natural state could cause riverine flooding-related flood damage to plummet as much as 38% and should provide the impetus for communities to view natural infrastructure as a climate adaptation solution, notes a study from

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Stilling quake risk in eastern Canada demands greater focus, awareness and effort: Swiss Re

July 11, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Risk awareness is severely lacking and not enough attention is being paid to quake risk in eastern Canada, a region with “huge” loss-inflicting potential that a Swiss Re model projects could produce the country’s largest nat-Cat loss ever if the