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Flood watches issued for several B.C. rivers in wake of powerful storms

June 9, 2017 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Flood watches have been issued for several major waterways after torrential downpours hit parts of southern and central British Columbia. The River Forecast Centre says rivers throughout the Columbia and East Kootenay regions, including tributaries around Golden, Revelstoke

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City of Edmonton examining flood mitigation options

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Staff from the City of Edmonton are scheduled to look at flood mitigation options for the city as the next step in its examination of upgrades to drainage infrastructure. The city said in a press release earlier this week that

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Report into Fort McMurray wildfire cites communications breakdown in early days

June 9, 2017 by Dean Bennett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – A report into the Fort McMurray wildfire cites critical communications breakdowns as the fire swept into the municipality and forced thousands to flee. Independent consultants that produced the report for the province noted that in the early days

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Gore Mutual launches cyber and data breach product for Canadian small businesses

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Gore Mutual Insurance Company has announced a cyber and data response product for Canadian small businesses as well as a partnership with a global home automation company to provide flood sensors to select commercial and personal customers. Gore Mutual announced

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More drone activity anticipated, safety-first approach essential: SCOR newsletter

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An agile and flexible response by all parties is needed in light of the new and little-understood risks expected to emerge with the anticipated increase in drone activity over the next few years, SCOR experts write in a recent technical

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RMS updates North America quake models for U.S., Canada and Mexico

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

RMS’s latest North America earthquake models – covering the United States, Canada, and Mexico – are designed to help company clients manage their risk accumulations with more confidence and help with underwriting a better book of business. Version 17.0 benefits

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Canadian defence plan calls for cyber and drone attacks to meet 21st century threats

June 8, 2017 by Mike Blanchfield - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada will add hundreds of new elite special forces commandos, wage offensive cyberwarfare attacks and deploy armed drones to international battlefields as part of its military response to new global security threats. The hotly anticipated new defence policy

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B.C.’s River Forecast Centre issues high streamflow advisory, but flooding fears beginning to ease

June 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia’s River Forecast Centre (RFC) has issued a “high streamflow advisory” for the province’s South Peace region and surrounding areas. Issued at noon on Thursday, the advisory includes South Peace region and surrounding areas, including Pine Pass and tributaries

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XL Catlin launches new contractors pollution liability program in Canada and the U.S.

June 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

XL Catlin announced on Thursday that it has launched its new Contractors Pollution Liability Express Program in Canada and the United States to provide consumers with “speed to market and a streamlined environmental insurance underwriting approach” for small to midsize

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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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BlackBerry system geared at helping automakers ensure safe and secure autonomous vehicles

June 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

“There is no safety without security,” John Wall, senior vice president and head of BlackBerry QNX, said this week as part of the launch of a new real-time, type 1 hypervisor that can be used in next-generation connected and autonomous

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Southern Alberta town ravaged by 2013 flood sees development as promising sign

June 8, 2017 by The Canadian Press

HIGH RIVER, Alta. – A new housing and retail development in High River, Alta., is being hailed as proof of renewed confidence in the town’s ability to handle another flood event. Massive floods that raged through southern Alberta in the