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Summer storms in this Canadian region cost over $200 million in insured damage

September 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

Summer storms across the Prairies have caused more than $200 million in insured damage so far this year. This brings total weather-related insured damage on the Prairies to $464 million since May 2017. The numbers from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification

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The ‘touchy topic’ in Canadian home insurance

September 6, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Lack of flood coverage in high-risk areas raises the controversial question of whether owners of high-risk properties should have their insurance premiums subsidized. Overland flood coverage was generally unavailable on home insurance policies in Canada until 2015. Now dozens of

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How carriers envision the future of independent claims adjusters

September 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Despite increased costs of outsourcing claims adjustment, an extreme wind event this past May serves as a reminder that insurers will continue to need independent claims adjusters and brokers should be prepared to field calls from claimants. The future of

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B.C. wildfire not expected to grow further

September 4, 2018 Spencer Harwood - THE CANADIAN PRESS

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – British Columbia’s wildfire service says precipitation and favourable weather have allowed it to contain one of the province’s largest active wildfires, more than a month after it was initially discovered. After growing to more than 900

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The absurd effect of commerce law on claims adjusting

September 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

It is easier for Canadian insurance companies to bring in adjusters from the United States than to move Canadian adjusters from one province to another, due in part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), speakers said at the

Storm surge as high as 30 ft in Biloxi, Mississippi destroyed most of the structures right on the coast.
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The exclusion that no longer applies to this home insurance coverage

August 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Fifteen years after Nova Scotia was hit by Hurricane Juan, a Canadian home insurer is offering storm surge coverage in all four Atlantic Canada provinces. Storm surge is a rise in sea level resulting from atmospheric pressure changes and wind

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Toronto’s density, old sewer system lead to flooding, observers say

August 22, 2018 Gabriele Roy - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Steady rain and thunderstorm warnings in Toronto on Tuesday had residents bracing for waterlogged streets and transit delays for the third time in as many weeks, with the city saying it was prepared to respond quickly to urgent

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What Canada’s P&C industry has learned from catastrophes

July 31, 2018 by David Gambrill

Each catastrophe presents a unique learning opportunity for today’s risk and insurance professional; over time, savvy risk experts will use these broad-scale “teachable moments” to better prepare their clients and employers to be more resilient in the future. Canadian Underwriter

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Dozens of forest fires continue in northern Ontario

July 13, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – The mayor of a northern Ontario community says residents have been allowed to return to homes they were forced to leave earlier this week as forest fires burned nearby. But Lorie Hunter, the mayor of Temagami, Ont., says

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Cyber catastrophe bonds: Coming soon?

July 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With computer security incidents causing business interruption and privacy breaches, there is a “very real possibility” that a catastrophe bond covering cyber risk might be available, the head of a cyber risk modelling vendor predicts. Catastrophe bonds are a form

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Tropical Storm Chris could make landfall on Newfoundland

July 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula could get wind gusts of up to 100 km/h this week as a result of Tropical Storm Chris, which is expected to be upgraded to hurricane status Tuesday. Tropical Storm Chris was in the Atlantic Ocean more

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Tropical Storm Chris tracks towards Nova Scotia

July 9, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Storm weather arising from a hurricane could hit Nova Scotia Wednesday night, with a low but not zero probability of hurricane-force winds hitting Canada’s east coast. Tropical Storm Chris is expected to start moving northeast and reach hurricane status Tuesday,