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Police are conducting ‘search’ when knocking on door to investigate allegations of drinking and driving: Court

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s highest court announced Thursday it will not hear a crown appeal of an impaired driving acquittal, in which a Saskatchewan Provincial Court judge ruled that a police officer knocking on the apartment door of a registered vehicle owner constituted

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Desjardins’ acquisition of Western Financial caused ‘headaches’ for brokers: Baker

April 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

If Trimont Financial Ltd. acquires Western Financial Group, Desjardins Group officials will have “more time to focus on further integrating State Farm,” MSA Research Inc. suggested in a recent report released Tuesday. “Slowly but surely, the complexion of the industry

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Canadian industry underwriting income down 81% in 2016: MSA

April 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian property and casualty insurance industry had underwriting income of $484 million in 2016, down 81% from $2.554 billion in 2015, while reinsurers’ combined ratio deteriorated 30.4 points year over year, MSA Research Inc. suggested in a report released

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PACICC to participate in federal government’s review of insolvency legislation next year

April 18, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC) will participate in the federal government’s review of financial sector regulations next year, including the examination of an act that has not “really been reviewed” in more than a century. The Winding-up

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Ontario should create ‘list of documents that must be produced’ in personal injury auto lawsuits: Marshall

April 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario government should consider allowing auto insurers to offer consumers more choices and come up with new rules for the tort system bearing in mind that personal injury auto lawsuits “seldom involve complex issues of law,” a special adviser

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Preparation, not panic, is the way to address earthquake risk: IBC’s Don Forgeron

April 7, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

When talk turns to the possibility of a major earthquake in Canada, Don Forgeron, president and CEO of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), advises that the response should be to prepare, not to panic. “No one should spend their day

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ICBC examines anti-distracted driving technology

April 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has posted a Request for Information (RFI) on BC Bid for market research and technology aimed at reducing distracted driving. The posting of the RFI, as part of ICBC and the government of

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B.C. announces more than $8 million in flood protection in latest round of investments

April 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced on Friday funding for two flood protection projects in the province. The first is a $4.17 million investment to the District of Kent to expand and upgrade the Hammersley Pump Station, which

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Ten charges laid in oil spill that fouled English Bay beaches in Vancouver

March 30, 2017 Laura Kane - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Charges have been laid against the owners of the MV Marathassa nearly two years after a leak of bunker fuel onto the beaches of English Bay in Vancouver, but the company is trying to scuttle the proceedings. Documents

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Government of British Columbia invests in tsunami, earthquake warning systems

March 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of British Columbia has announced $550,000 in funding for increased capability for tsunami warnings and the potential to provide earthquake early warnings. British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said in a statement on Tuesday that the $550,000

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Landslide alert issued in same B.C. community where four were killed in 2012

March 28, 2017 The Canadian Press

JOHNSONS LANDING, B.C. – A tiny British Columbia community where four people were killed in a landslide almost five years ago has been warned of another possible slide. An evacuation alert has been issued for residents of Johnsons Landing on

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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