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Aviva Canada and DMZ launch Insurtech accelerator program, applications sought

February 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Aviva Canada and the DMZ at Ryerson University are looking to answer the rise of Insuretech in the country’s insurance industry with the joint launch of an accelerator program for Canadian start-ups requiring rapid development. “The future of our economy

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Buildings evacuated after massive fire breaks out in midtown Toronto

February 15, 2017 Liam Casey - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Firefighters continued to pour water on a massive and “hazardous” blaze in midtown Toronto early Wednesday, several hours after the fire began and forced the evacuation of surrounding buildings. Division Cmdr. Len Stadler said the fire at The

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Canadian railways need ‘physical fail-safe capabilities’ to reduce collision risk: TSB

January 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada reiterated Wednesday its recommendation for “additional physical defenses” on railways in case crews fail to obey signals. On Sept. 6, 2015, a Canadian Pacific freight train enroute from Revelstoke, B.C. to Saskatchewan hit a

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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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City of Toronto announces road safety plan for 2017, including 76 new red light camera sites

January 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The City of Toronto has announced its Vision Zero Road Safety Plan for 2017, which includes 45 new measures that will be introduced this year targeted at eliminating fatalities and reducing serious injuries, with an emphasis on pedestrians, aggressive and

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance enters marine insurance market in Canada

January 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) announced on Tuesday that it is introducing inland and ocean marine insurance in Canada. John Evans, vice president of marine with BHSI, said in a press release that with Gord Rider, who was named senior

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Motorists’ oral drug testing trial to ‘help establish possible future operating procedures:’ Public Safety Canada

December 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

In a pilot project involving anonymous volunteers, several police departments across Canada will start using oral fluid screening devices to test drivers for drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, the federal government announced Wednesday. “None of the results from the

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Toronto city council to consider accelerating basement flooding protection spending

December 12, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A proposal to advance the 2018 cashflow for Toronto’s basement flooding protection program into 2017 will be considered by City Council Tuesday. Toronto’s Basement Flooding Protection Program – which includes construction of surface storage ponds, an underground storm storage tank

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Continued consolidation in Canadian broker and carrier spaces could create absence of mid-sized players: KPMG conference speaker

December 7, 2016 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The continued consolidation in both the insurance broker and carrier spaces in Canada could create an absence of mid-sized players, a speaker suggested on Wednesday at KPMG’s 25th Annual Insurance Conference in Toronto. “You could see a creation of an

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Intact opens third service centre, this time in Toronto

November 21, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Financial Corporation (IFC) announced on Monday that it has opened its third Intact Service Centre in Canada, this time in Toronto, so that Intact Insurance and belairdirect customers “can now experience a simpler, faster and more convenient auto claims

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Two hurt in mid-flight as Porter Airlines plane evades suspected drone

November 14, 2016 Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Two crew members of a Porter Airlines flight en route from Ottawa to Toronto were slightly injured Monday when a plane was forced to take evasive action to avoid a mid-flight collision with what is suspected to have

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Ontario set to reintroduce photo radar for municipalities

November 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that she intends to introduce legislation that, if passed, would give municipalities the power to introduce automated speed enforcement (ASE) technology in school and community safety zones. According to a press release issued on