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Mobile telematics data can offer rich insights into distracted driving and impact loss trends, Insurance Analytics Canada speaker suggests

June 28, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Mobile telematics data, while sometimes providing “noisy,” or meaningless information, can also offer rich insights on distracted driving that could impact loss trends, a speaker suggested on Wednesday at the third annual Insurance Analytics Canada Summit in Toronto. Ted Gramer,

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Disruption spawns opportunities for middle market, but risk preparedness concerning: Capital One

June 28, 2017 Disruption

There appears to be a divide between middle-market companies fully expecting that disruption will unfold and taking concrete steps to address whatever risk that change may bring, suggest findings of a new study from New York-based Capital One Commercial Bank.

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Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators releases 2017-2020 strategic plan

June 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators (CCIR) has published its strategic plan for 2017-2020, which focuses its efforts on cooperative supervisory activities, fair treatment of consumers, risks and coverages related to nat cats, and a cooperative approach to financial services

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MSA calls for ‘sustainable solution for underinsurance’ in overland flood

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A potential solution to overland flood risk in Canada “could follow” the model of Britain’s Flood Re, MSA Research Inc. suggested in a report released Monday to Canadian Underwriter. Toronto-based MSA released its Quarterly Outlook Report for Q1 2017. In

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New cyberattack causes mass disruption globally

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

One month after the massive global WannaCry ransomware attack, “a new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across the world, hitting companies and governments in Europe especially hard,” the Associated Press reported

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Fire destroys N.L. apartment complex, leaves dozens homeless in St. John’s

June 27, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

JOHN’S, N.L. – A massive, fast-moving fire at a public housing complex has forced about 35 people out of their homes in a blaze that sent large plumes of smoke billowing above St. John’s, N.L. Fire platoon Chief Brian Tucker

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Investment income doubles for Canadian P&C industry: MSA

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian property and casualty insurance industry had essentially no underwriting income during the first three months of the year but Q1 net investment income more than doubled year over year, figures from a report from MSA Research Inc. suggest.

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Canadians “greatly overestimate” their financial literacy skills, including those related to auto insurance: survey

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than two-thirds (67%) of polled Canadians responded incorrectly when asked if an expensive car always costs more to insure that a cheaper car, according to a new survey on Canadians’ financial literacy. Commissioned by Toronto-based LowestRates.ca, which provides a

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Municipality of North Perth, OPP and Trillium Mutual Insurance join forces on reducing auto thefts

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario’s Municipality of North Perth, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Trillium Mutual Insurance have joined resources to help reduce auto thefts in the area. The Municipality of North Perth, located west of Toronto, said in a press release

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New Zealand proposes shaking up earthquake commission scheme to smooth claims resolution

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Zealand will continue to flesh out the details of proposed changes aimed at simplifying and improving the Earthquake Commission (EQC) scheme to help support more timely response to affected policyholders. Reforms to the Earthquake Commission Act seek to “simplify

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TSB calls for ‘oversight for all commercial fishing operations’ in Canada

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An investigation into the sinking of a fishing vessel on Lake Superior “highlights several factors as to risk” in Canada’s commercial fishing industry, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said in a recent report. TSB released Wednesday a report into

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U.S. earthquakes estimated to cost US$6.1 billion annually in building stock losses

June 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Earthquakes are estimated to cost the United States US$6.1 billion annually in building stock losses, according to an updated report published last week by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The new loss estimate represents a 10% increase over the