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Weaker inflation slows to 1.3%, could weigh on Bank of Canada’s rate decision

June 23, 2017 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Steps by the Bank of Canada to prepare the country for an eventual interest rate hike are bumping up against an inflation rate that has eased up on the accelerator. Weaker year-over-year growth in gasoline prices last month

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Federal rail safety bill would set “strict criteria” on how locomotive voice and video recorder data could be used: Garneau

June 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s transport minister says federal legislation mandating locomotive voice and video recorders would, if passed into law, give the rail industry “opportunities to mitigate risks” but an opposition MP recently warned such a law could violate employees right to privacy.

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One in five fatal road crashes in Ontario involves a transport truck: provincial police

June 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One in five fatal road crashes in Ontario between 2012 and 2016 involved a transport truck, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported late last week. Among the 1,342 fatal motor vehicle collisions on OPP-patrolled roads between 2012 and 2016, 266

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Multiple access points for single customer to obtain electronic communications could be detrimental to Ontario consumer: IBAO

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Creating multiple access points for a single consumer to obtain electronic communications, including e-documents, could be detrimental to the Ontario consumer, the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) argued in a position paper released on Thursday. IBAO released the paper,

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Quebec homeowners face potential post-flooding woes: mosquitoes, critters, parasites

June 12, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Even as swollen rivers have receded in Quebec, some experts suggest historic flooding this year could mean critter and pest-related woes in months and years to come. For now, heavy water accumulation has created standing pools of water

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May storms in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes caused hundreds of millions in damage and damaged more than 5,200 homes: Aon Benfield

June 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Several low pressure systems that brought heavy rainfall to portions of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes last month caused “hundreds of millions” in U.S. dollars and damaged more than 5,200 homes, according to Impact Forecasting’s latest Global Catastrophe Recap for

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CSIO announces eSlips, “an industry solution for the digital delivery of proof of auto insurance cards”

June 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) has announced what it is calling “an industry solution for the digital delivery of proof of auto insurance cards, or eSlips.” CSIO announced the solution at Gore Mutual Insurance Company’s Fast Forward

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New State Farm Canada app includes telematics and water detection programs, account access

June 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

State Farm Canada announced on Monday that it has released a new app that includes telematics and water detection programs, as well as easy account access. The free State Farm Canada App, available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play,

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Intact Insurance launches my Driving Discount program in Alberta

June 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Good drivers in Alberta will now have access to an Intact Insurance driving discount program that allows them to save as much as 25% on their auto insurance premiums. The my Driving Discount program uses driving data collected by a

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TSB urges Transport Canada to update cockpit voice recorder regulations

May 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Transport Canada needs to update its regulations on flight recorders, Transportation Safety Board of Canada suggested Monday. The federal government’s response to a recommendation from a 1993 accident that killed seven is “still unsatisfactory,” TSB argued Monday in a tweet.

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Amendment to Ontario’s Forest Fires Prevention Act takes aim at railway liability

May 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A recent amendment to Ontario’s Forest Fires Prevention Act now stipulates that railway corporations are liable for damages related to fires originating within 15 metres of the centre line of their tracks, while members of the Ontario Securities Commission are

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Canadians want more regulatory review of emerging technologies: Accenture

May 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadians prioritize regulatory reviews of drones, autonomous vehicles and online user agreements above those of other emerging technologies, according to new research from global professional services company Accenture. For the research, an Ipsos I-Say panel interviewed a sample of 1,003