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Aviva Canada launches second Pitch Day focusing on high potential digital startups

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Following the success of Aviva Pitch Day in 2016, Aviva Ventures announced on Tuesday that it will continue to invest in high potential digital startups around the globe. With $170 million to invest globally over the next four years “in

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Reduced market access, regulatory fragmentation and cloud risk accumulation among key industry risks: Swiss Re

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Reduced market access, regulatory fragmentation, the return of inflation, cloud risk accumulation and emerging liability legislation for artificial intelligence are just some of the key risks for the re/insurance industry, according to Swiss Re’s 2017 SONAR report. The report, released

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Toronto considering zoning, licensing and taxation rules for short-term rental platforms

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The City of Toronto will soon consider recommendations to adopt new rules for short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb – which are unregulated – to address concerns ranging from noise to safety and taxation, notes a municipal backgrounder. The Report

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Defamation award of aggravated and general damages against commentator upheld

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Supreme Court of Canada announced Friday it will not hear an appeal from a political commentator and lawyer who was successfully sued for $80,000 for calling a person a liar in blog posts. In 2014, a judge with the

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Approved Surety & Casualty launches program to enhance contractor bonding limit

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based Approved Surety & Casualty Inc. announced on Monday that is has launched a capital disbursement program for brokers to enhance contractor bonding limit. “Approved Capital is a capital disbursement program for brokers that will allow their contractor clients to

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National Flood Insurance Program contributes to ‘development in flood prone areas,’ NWF executive testifies

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Private insurance companies in the United States are “clamouring” to write flood risk for properties while the nation’s National Flood Insurance Program encourages development in floodprone areas and needs to be “significantly reformed,” speakers recently told a committee of the

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Vehicle and equipment dealerships in Alberta authorized to sell gap insurance

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Alberta Insurance Council (AIC) has announced that its General Insurance Council (GIC) has approved the issuance of a restricted certificate of authority authorizing both vehicle and equipment dealerships to sell gap insurance. Gap insurance is property insurance that covers

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Cybersecurity company discovers malware designed to perform attacks on power supply infrastructure

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

IT security company ESET Canada Inc. reported on Monday that its researchers have been analyzing samples of dangerous malware capable of performing an attack on power supply infrastructure. The malware, named Industroyer by ESET, was likely involved in the December

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

June 12, 2017 by 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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Commercial insurance prices in the U.S. increased by less than 1% for sixth straight quarter: Willis Towers Watson

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial insurance prices in the United States were nearly flat during the first quarter of 2017, according to the last Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS) from Willis Towers Watson (WTW). The survey, released on Monday, compared prices charged on

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Price continues to be hurdles to adoption of smart home devices: survey

June 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Price is among the top barriers to more people adopting smart home technology to help ease home management pain points in the United States, notes a survey of 1,000-plus adults south of the border released by U.K. smart home brand

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Remote Manitoba town reports temporary loss of rail line

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Town of Churchill in Manitoba is reporting the “temporary loss of its rail line” into the community from recent flooding. According to a statement from the town released earlier this week, “unprecedented” snowfall in March that resulted in over