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Rapid-intensity Hurricane Laura ultimately headed for Newfoundland

August 26, 2020 by David Gambrill

The path of Hurricane Laura — which is currently located off the U.S. Gulf Coast and described as one of the fastest-intensifying storms in history — is tracking to hit St. John’s, Nfld., next Monday as a post-tropical storm, according

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The world’s biggest waves: How climate change could trigger large landslides and ‘mega tsunamis’

August 20, 2020 Ryan P. Mulligan, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Queen's University, Ontario and Andy Take, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Queen's University, Ontario - THE CANADIAN PRESS

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Authors: Ryan P. Mulligan, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Queen’s University,

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The impact of Calgary’s hailstorm on North American H1 storm losses

August 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canada’s costliest-ever hailstorm contributed to the largest insured losses in North America since the first half of 2011, according to preliminary natural catastrophe estimates from Swiss Re. The hailstorm that struck Calgary in June cost the industry $1.2 billion based

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Property claim cycle times are on the rise: Xactware data

August 10, 2020 by David Gambrill

While everyone in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry knows that quick claims response times are critical to consumer satisfaction, cycle times for property claims in Canada increased overall between 2018 and 2019, according to the latest property damage

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Tropical storm Isaias expected to bring heavy rain, wind gusts to eastern Canada

August 4, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A tropical storm that has lashed parts of the eastern United States should be diminished in strength by the time it reaches eastern Canada, the Canadian Hurricane Centre says. Centre forecaster Chris Fogarty said that Isaias was on

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Swiss Re Group books $2.5 billion for pandemic-related losses

July 31, 2020 by David Gambrill

Swiss Re today reported COVID-19 claims and reserves totalling $2.5 billion across the Group, resulting in a net loss of $1.1 billion in the first half of 2020 (all figures in U.S. dollars). “Based on current information and a prudent

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The business line that drove Intact’s profitability in 2020 Q2

July 31, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you placed homeowner’s insurance with Intact during 2020 Q2, your business helped propel Canada’s largest P&C insurer to its most profitable second-quarter personal property result in more than 10 years. Intact Financial Corp. reported that its combined ratio in

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Who’s getting funding for new research in wildfire prediction, responses

July 31, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A university located in the heart of one of British Columbia’s most volatile forest fire regions will lead new research in wildfire prediction, prevention and response. Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was chosen for the research that

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Multiple townhouse units damaged in Hamilton fire

July 27, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HAMILTON – Firefighters were called out early this morning to battle a massive wind-whipped blaze in a townhouse complex (pictured, above) in Hamilton, Ont. The Hamilton Fire Department says the multi-alarm inferno erupted in the city’s east side on Edenrock

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Lloyd’s proposes “open source” frameworks for future pandemic coverage

July 6, 2020 by David Gambrill

Lloyd’s of London is proposing three “open-source frameworks” to provide a blueprint for better protecting society against systemic catastrophic events such as pandemics, after noting the market will pay out between $3 billion and $4.3 billion to its global customers

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Lac Megantic marks seventh anniversary of 2013 rail disaster with memorial site

July 6, 2020 Stephanie Marin – THE CANADIAN PRESS

Seven years after a rail disaster decimated its downtown, Lac-Megantic sought Monday to honour both its past and future by inaugurating a long-planned memorial space at the site at the heart of the tragedy. On July 6, 2013, a runaway

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COVID-19 sparks debate about U.S. adjuster use in Calgary

July 3, 2020 by David Gambrill

COVID-19 appears to be kindling proud sentiments about employing Canadian adjusters, after social media posts triggered an age-old debate about using U.S. adjusters to handle catastrophe claims in Canada. Twitter was abuzz with comments after Global News posted a piece