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Rain, snow storms pummel the U.S. West; more wet weather on way

January 20, 2017 Scott Sonner - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

RENO, Nev. – More winter snow and rain pummeled the West on Thursday as the first in a series of expected storms soaked morning commuters in much of California, dumped 18 more inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada and

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Rule-making authority essential for Ontario’s new FSRA: Cooke

January 20, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Equipping Ontario’s new Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) with rule-making authority is critically important to ensuring its effectiveness as an independent, flexible and consumer-focused regulator of financial services and pensions, argues George Cooke, chair of the Board of Directors of

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Wider mandate for Ontario’s auto insurance regulator would be welcomed

January 19, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

A wide mandate for the body regulating Ontario’s auto insurance sector – one that promotes competition, innovation and responsiveness – would be welcomed, Karin Ots, senior vice president of regulatory and government relations for Aviva Canada, suggested Thursday during a

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Vehicle owner addresses to be removed from registration cards to protect privacy: Manitoba Public Insurance

January 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) announced on Tuesday that it will be implementing a system change to remove the printing of registered owner addresses on non-commercial vehicle registration cards. Manitoba Crown Services Minister Ron Schuler announced the change “in the interest

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Global consumers skeptical about safety of fully autonomous vehicles: Deloitte study

January 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Consumers around the world remain skeptical about the safety of fully autonomous vehicles and hold widely divergent views on who they trust to bring autonomous vehicles to market, according to a new study from Deloitte. The study, What’s ahead for

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Financial impact of Fort McMurray wildfire reaches $9.5 billion: study

January 17, 2017 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – An assessment of the total financial impact of last spring’s Fort McMurray wildfire is pegging the direct and indirect costs of the blaze at $9.5 billion. The figure includes the expense of replacing buildings and infrastructure as well

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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