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TSB continues call for Canada-wide standards for locomotive data recorders

January 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is reiterating a call it made 14 years ago for the federal government to put standards in place for data recorders in train locomotives. TSB is a separate organization from Transport Canada that investigates

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Injured federal worker’s lawsuit against employers can proceed

January 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will not hear an appeal from a construction worker who was named in a statement of claim by a federal employee in Whitehorse, paving the way for an injured worker to sue

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Research on earthquakes, tsunamis and climate change to benefit from federal investment of $46.6 million to Ocean Networks Canada

January 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government has provided a five-year $46.6 million investment to the University of Victoria’s (UVic) Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) to support its continued research and development. ONC pioneers ocean observatories that stream live data 24/7 to researchers across Canada

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Lawsuit against employers by federal worker, arising from head injury, may reach Supreme Court of Canada

January 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Supreme Court of Canada is scheduled to announce Thursday whether it will hear an appeal over the question of whether the restriction, in a provincial workers’ compensation plan against suing employers, also applies to federal workers subject to the

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Saskatchewan reaches deal with Ottawa on future of coal-fired power plants

November 28, 2016 The Canadian Press

REGINA – Saskatchewan says it has reached a deal with Ottawa that will allow the province to keep using coal-fired power plants in what it calls “a responsible manner” beyond 2030. The agreement will allow the province to meet federal

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Federal government should consider emergency back-stop mechanism for catastrophic earthquake: conference board

November 22, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Conference Board of Canada is echoing a recent recommendation by a former federal superintendent of financial institutions for Ottawa to consider adopting a last-resort, emergency back-stop mechanism for a catastrophic earthquake given the long-reaching, adverse effects that the event

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Liberals set plan to phase out coal by 2030, with flexibility for Nova Scotia

November 21, 2016 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The Liberal government is moving to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity in Canada by 2030 as part of its overall clean-energy strategy. The goal is to make sure 90 per cent of Canada’s electricity comes from

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Canadians may not realize ‘magnitude of challenge’ in 2050 climate strategy

November 18, 2016 Bruce Cheadle - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The federal government has released its long-term climate strategy with a caution that most Canadians – while sympathetic to the cause – don’t yet understand the “magnitude of the challenge.” The document suggests the country should find a

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Some increased risks developing in surety space, but these can be managed: panel

November 14, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

The outlook for surety in Canada is healthy, but a number of developments are introducing increased risk that need to be taken into account and properly managed, speakers suggested during the Toronto Risk and Insurance Education Forum last week in

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Federal government reduces size of proposed emergency fund for pipeline spills

October 14, 2016 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – The federal government is lowering the size of a proposed emergency fund pipeline operators would be required to have on hand to deal with short-term costs of incidents such as spills. Natural Resources Canada says the fund would

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Ottawa supports pilot project for new credit insurance tool for farmers

September 26, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government is investing more than $400,000 to support the Canadian Federation of Agriculture’s (CFA) efforts to introduce a new accounts receivable insurance tool for farmers. CFA’s two-year pilot project addresses a gap in the agriculture sector for individual

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Ottawa’s approach to disaster response, recovery does not address increasing frequency of extreme weather

July 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Uneven distribution of disaster events in Canada means the federal government should rethink its current approach to disaster response and recovery, including reinstating Ottawa’s share of disaster-related costs, suggest Canada’s Premiers, who Friday wrapped their 2016 Summer Meeting in Whitehorse.