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Rebuilding after disasters should stress safer, better, Goodale says

May 11, 2017 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – As the devastating floodwaters recede in Ontario and Quebec, the key to preventing a similar disaster in future is to avoid making the mistakes that led to problems in the first place, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

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‘No active deals on the table’ to sell minority interest in SGI Canada

May 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Saskatchewan has a new law allowing for the sale of up to 49% of crown corporations, but the provincial government will continue to have a monopoly on compulsory auto insurance, a spokesperson for Saskatchewan Government Insurance told Canadian Underwriter Friday.

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Brokerage Andrew Agencies Ltd. purchases Waggoner Insurance of Winnipeg

May 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Virden, Man.-based multi-line brokerage Andrew Agencies Ltd. has announced the acquisition of Waggoner Insurance effective May 1. Scott Andrew, president and CEO of Andrew Agencies and Ed Waggoner, president and CEO of Waggoner Insurance made the announcement in a press

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CIBC economist tells insurers how investment returns could be affected by ‘things that go Trump in the night’

April 26, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Interest rates in Canada are predicted to stay “very low by historic standards” through the end of 2019, an economist recently told insurance professionals, while a “movement against globalization” is a concern for one of Canada’s largest carriers. Avery Shenfeld,

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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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Rising ice, flood waters force Manitobans from homes: Canadian Red Cross

April 17, 2017 The Canadian Press

THE PAS, Man. – Rising ice and flood waters have forced hundreds of people from their homes in Manitoba. Jason Small of the Canadian Red Cross says 107 people from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation are being temporarily housed in hotels

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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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Manitoba Public Insurance uses virtual reality to tackle distracted, impaired driving and speeding

April 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has announced that it is launching a new “virtual reality (VR) experience” to tackle three critical road safety issues facing young drivers in Manitoba: distracted driving, impaired driving and speeding. Ron Schuler, Manitoba’s Minister of Crown

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Red River crests in Winnipeg, flood watch issued west of the Manitoba capital

April 6, 2017 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Manitoba flood officials say the Red River has crested in the provincial capital but water levels remain high in other parts of the province. The latest flood bulletin says the Red River reached its peak Tuesday but water

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Climate adaptation investment has ‘long-lasting and substantial impact:’ Intact VP

April 5, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Building infrastructure to reduce weather-related losses can benefit society for generations, but the problem of climate change is “so global and complex” that there will always be more work required, insurance company executives suggested Wednesday at a conference in Toronto.

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Volunteers in Manitoba town scramble to halt flooding from nearby river

April 3, 2017 The Canadian Press

CARMAN, Man. – The threat of flooding from an ice-choked river has prompted a big southern Manitoba town to declare a state of emergency. Officials in Carman say rising water on the Boyne River is causing flooding and sewer backups