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Wildfires raging across southeast Australia destroy 20 homes, injure firefighter

February 10, 2014 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MELBOURNE, Australia – Scores of wildfires raging across southeast Australia in dry and windy summer conditions have destroyed 20 homes and injured a firefighter, authorities said Monday. Victoria state Country Fire Authority chief officer Euan Ferguson said 20 homes had

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NDP calls on Tory government to ban all urban drilling in Alberta

February 7, 2014 THE CANADIAN PRESS

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – The Alberta New Democrats are calling on the provincial government to ban all drilling in urban areas. NDP Leader Brian Mason spoke with Lethbridge media Thursday just two kilometres from where GoldenKey Oil wants to drill three

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U.S. winter weather causes $1.5 billion in insured losses in January

February 6, 2014 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe winter weather in the United States in January caused insured losses in excess of $1.5 billion, according to the latest global recap report from Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development arm, Impact Forecasting. The most severe and costliest weather occurred

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Storms, floods, disasters demonstrate importance of home emergency plans

February 5, 2014 Helen Branswell, THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Last summer, surging flood waters forced the evacuation of a section of Calgary that is home to 80,000 people. Over Christmas, an estimated three million people were affected by power outages caused by an ice storm that hit

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New earthquake hits Greek island of Kefalonia; 16 people slightly hurt, roads, port damaged

February 3, 2014 Elena Becatoros, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ATHENS – A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude between 5.7 and 6.1 hit the western Greek island of Kefalonia before dawn Monday, sending frightened residents into the streets just over a week after a similar quake damaged hundreds of

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Terror threats around Sochi Games raise questions on insurance coverage

February 3, 2014 Bruce Cheadle, THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada’s highly paid Olympic men’s hockey professionals are insured against acts of terrorism when they compete in the Sochi Games but it is not at all clear the same coverage extends to their amateur brethren on the Olympic

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Police lay charges against engineer in Elliot Lake mall roof collapse

January 31, 2014 THE CANADIAN PRESS

ELLIOT LAKE, Ont. – A discredited engineer who declared a northern Ontario mall structurally sound just weeks before its roof caved in killing two women was charged Friday in what police described as a “challenging investigation.” Ontario Provincial Police said

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Hundreds file lawsuit against makers of Fukushima nuclear plant, saying they should be liable


TOKYO – About 1,400 people have filed a joint lawsuit against three companies that manufactured Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by its 2011 meltdowns. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the lawsuit,

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Government set to raise civilian liability to $1 billion for nuclear operators

January 30, 2014 Bruce Cheadle, THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Conservative government is poised to introduce legislation that will raise the liability for civilian damages for nuclear operators to $1 billion from the current $75 million. The Canadian Press has learned that will be included in an

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ICLR workshop to address earthquake risk in Ottawa, Gatineau region

January 28, 2014 by Canadian Underwriter

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction will be hosting a workshop Feb. 21 on earthquake risk in the Ottawa and Gatineau, Que. region.  The event, part of the organization’s ongoing Friday Forum series, will host Dariush Motazedian, an associate professor

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Transportation sector target for terror attacks in 2013: Aon

January 28, 2014 by Canadian Underwriter

Aon Risk Solutions announced Tuesday it has released its annual terrorism and political violence map, which displays colour-coded ratings, of 200 countries and territories, on the risk of several perils to business, including terrorism, riots, insurrection and war. The map

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Another CN Freight train derails in New Brunswick, second in three weeks

January 27, 2014 THE CANADIAN PRESS

SAINT BASILE, N.B. – Another CN freight train has derailed in New Brunswick, the second to run off the tracks in the province this month. Local authorities say at least three cars derailed late Sunday night in the Edmunston-area parish