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Ontario Chamber of Commerce endorses major changes to auto insurance rate regulation

May 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is calling on the provincial government to put an end to its existing auto rate filing system, a system the chamber describes as “one of the most costly, onerous, and restrictive in North America.”

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Flooding in Ontario and Quebec in April and May estimated to cost “well into the millions” in U.S. dollars: Aon Benfield

May 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Flooding in multiple communities in southern Ontario and Quebec in April and into May is estimated to cost “well into the millions of dollars (USD)” in economic losses, Impact Forecasting said on Tuesday in its Global Catastrophe Recap report for

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PERILS estimates property market loss for Cyclone Debbie at AU$1,116 million

May 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Tropical Cyclone Debbie – the initial loss estimate for which PERILS AG puts at AU$1,116 million – “underpins the need for reliable natural catastrophe insurance data for Australia,” suggests Darryl Pidcock, head of PERILS Asia-Pacific. Debbie affected the Australian states

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Drivers slower to respond to safety critical events in semi-automated cars, new study finds

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Drivers using automated driver support systems responded worse than those manually driving in terms of reaction time, lane departure duration and “maximum steering wheel angle to an induced lane departure event,” a new study has found. Published in the June

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U.S. P&C insurers report US$4.7 billion net underwriting loss in 2016: Verisk Analytics

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Private property and casualty insurers in the United States suffered a US$4.7 billion net underwriting loss in 2016 following a US$8.9 billion net underwriting gain in 2015, according to ISO, a Verisk Analytics business, and the Property Casualty Insurers Association

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Uber announces Toronto research hub for self-driving technology

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Uber has announced that Toronto will be the first international research hub of its Advanced Technologies Group. The technology company also welcomed Raquel Urtasun, an associate professor at the University of Toronto “and one of the world’s leading researchers in

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Portions of south, central interior B.C. remain under evacuation alert or order after recent flooding

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Areas in the south and central interior of British Columbia remain under evacuation alert or evacuation order after recent flooding events and there is potential for increased snowmelt and further precipitation and flooding next week, the provincial Ministry of Transportation

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Quebec says high water levels across province to peak by Wednesday

May 8, 2017 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Quebec’s public security minister is saying water levels across the province are expected to peak between today and Wednesday. Martin Coiteux says authorities expect the water to start receding by mid-week. Heavy rains and melting snowpack across Quebec

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Economical Insurance posts net income of $5.3 million in 2017 Q1, down from $28.5 million in prior-year quarter

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Auto lines, catastrophe and weather-related losses served as a drag on underwriting results which, in turn, contributed to Economical Insurance posting net income of $5.3 million in 2017 Q1 compared to $28.5 million in 2016 Q1. “Higher investment income was

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Heavy rain likely to cause new or more flooding in Quebec and Ontario

May 5, 2017 Michelle McQuigge - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Persistent, steady rains soaking swaths of central and eastern Canada that have already endured record precipitation levels threatened to trigger widespread flooding Friday and put residents and governments on high alert. Environment Canada said a massive system is slowly drenching

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New FireSmart Home Development Guide targets Canadian wildfire resiliency

May 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

FireSmart Canada, in partnership with The Co-operators, has developed a new resource to help Canadian residents make their homes more resilient to wildfire. The FireSmart Home Development Guide, which will become part of the FireSmart Home Partners Program, outlines specific

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Majority of polled Canadians unaware of flood risks and responsibilities, half would not consider purchasing overland flood coverage: survey

May 5, 2017 by Jason Contant

Homeowners in Canada lack awareness of flood risk and the protection options available to them to reduce that risk, suggests a new study from researchers at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change and Partners for Action research network at Ontario’s