Canadian Underwriter

Segment
Claims

News Commercial LinesInsuranceMarkets / CoveragesTechnology

Toronto Transit Commission probes potential future use of automated vehicles

March 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is recommending to its board that staff continue to monitor the technological and legislative progress of automated vehicles (AVs) and report back with a recommendation for potential future use of AVs at the transit agency.

News CatastrophesInsuranceMarkets / Coverages

Spring remains elusive in Atlantic Canada as gusty storm sweeps through

March 23, 2017 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Spring remained elusive in parts of the Maritimes on Thursday after a storm swept through the region, knocking out power and closing schools. The Canso causeway to Cape Breton was closed in the morning as a winter storm

News CatastrophesClimate ChangeInsuranceReinsurance

Landmark federal investments for disaster-proofing communities, enhancing resilience: IBC

March 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has voiced the property and casualty industry’s strong support for the federal government’s move to beef up investments aimed at enhancing resilience by better disaster-proofing communities. As part of the 2017 Federal Budget tabled Wednesday,

News CatastrophesCommercial LinesInsurance

Husky spill in southwest Alberta estimated at 25,000 litres; cleanup going well

March 23, 2017 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – Husky Energy says about 25,000 litres of crude oil leaked from one of its pipelines in southwestern Alberta last week. Spokesman Mel Duvall said in an email to The Canadian Press that cleanup at the site at Cox

News CatastrophesCommercial LinesConstructionInsurance

Fire at historic church just outside Halifax a ‘devastating’ blow: member

March 22, 2017 The Canadian Press

NORTH PRESTON, N.S. – Fire has caused extensive damage to a large, historic church considered the cornerstone of a small community just east of Halifax. Firefighters from five stations were called Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to extinguish a stubborn blaze

News InsuranceTechnology

ICBC enhances online driver licensing and claims services for customers

March 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Checking wait times at driver licensing offices or the status of a claim from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) can now be done online thanks to new service enhancements. ICBC said in a press release on Wednesday that

News InsurancePersonal LinesTechnology

LexisNexis Risk Solutions explores roadmap to “touchless” claims

March 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

While some insurance carriers continue to favour traditional claims processes, the demand for faster cycle times, reduced expenses and improved customer satisfaction is driving increased automation and an eventual migration from virtual to “touchless claims,” according to a new report

News InsurancePersonal LinesTechnology

New DGIG water protection program available country-wide

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins General Insurance Group has announced the cross-country availability of a new home insurance program designed to keep policyholders informed of potential leak sources so that action can be taken and water-related damage prevented. Water damage accounts for more than

News InsurancePersonal Lines

Home explodes in DC suburb: ‘It’s just a pile of bricks’

March 20, 2017 The Associated Press

ROCKVILLE, Md. – A house in a Maryland suburb of the nation’s capital was levelled early Friday by a thunderous explosion heard for miles around, a blast so powerful it shattered windows and caused other damage to several neighbouring homes,

News CatastrophesClimate ChangeCommercial LinesInsuranceMarkets / CoveragesReinsurance

Risk to U.S. property from severe convective storms as high as from hurricanes: Willis Re

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe convective storms (SCS) posed as much risk to property in the United States as hurricanes between 2003 and 2015, with the average annual loss from SCS amounting to US$11.23 billion compared to US$11.28 billion from hurricanes. So concludes a

News Personal LinesTechnology

Israeli tech firms revving up engines for self driving cars

March 17, 2017 Josef Federman - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

JERUSALEM – As the world moves toward an era of self-driving cars, Israel is positioning itself to be the Detroit of the future. The country has emerged as a global leader in the fast-growing field of driverless cars, as illustrated

News Legal

Provincial appeal court rulings guide employers wanting to limit entitlements following termination without cause: Lawyer

March 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Two recent appeal court rulings “highlight the importance of having clearly worded provisions in employment agreements” when employers want to limit the entitlements of workers who are dismissed without case, a lawyer wrote on a recent blog post. “Frequently, employment