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Arbitration glitch sidetracks $147-million Fort Mac reinsurance dispute

March 21, 2018 by David Gambrill

A $147-million reinsurance dispute involving Fort McMurray wildfire claims got off to a rocky start because the insurer and its reinsurers could not initially agree on the method of arbitration. At the heart of the matter was a broad reference

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Alberta: Canada’s poster child for climate risk

March 21, 2018 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Canadian reinsurers see the spread of catastrophe risk becoming increasingly concentrated in Alberta, where a population boom has led to unparalleled storm exposure.

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Southwestern Ontario storm that flooded Brantford cost insurers $57 million

March 20, 2018 by Jason Contant

A February storm that affected Brantford, Ont., as well as other areas of southwestern Ontario and Quebec, is estimated to have cost more than $57 million in insured damaged, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) said Tuesday. Between Feb. 19

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Munich Re not saying how many Canadian jobs may be cut as part of worldwide staff reductions

March 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Munich Re, which spent over $4 billion in 2017 for three hurricanes alone, is not saying how many jobs – if any – it is cutting in Canada. Published reports Thursday quoted Munich Re officials as saying the German reinsurer

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Third Nor’easter in two weeks pummels Atlantic Canada

March 14, 2018 Michael Tutton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX –  A small steeple that’s a part of Halifax’s urban landscape toppled early Wednesday in a fierce winter storm that left thousands of Maritimers facing power outages, school closures and flight cancellations. Rev. Betsy Hogan, the minister at the

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New method can predict where lightning will spark wildfires

March 12, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Apparently lightning can strike the same place twice after all. A study by researchers at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering suggests it’s possible to predict where lightning will strike and how often. They say satellite

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Aon Benfield suggests Brantford flooding will cost “tens of millions”

March 9, 2018 by Jason Contant

Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team, Impact Forecasting, is estimating total economic and insured losses in the tens of millions (U.S. dollars) for the recent flooding in southern Ontario. Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) told Canadian Underwriter in late

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Aviva Canada seeks average 5% rate increase in personal home and auto lines

March 8, 2018 by David Gambrill

Aviva Canada is putting through an average rate increase of 5% in personal home and auto lines after reporting a combined operating ratio of 102% in its 2017 year-end results. Aviva Canada’s net written premium increased by 15% in 2017

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January winter storm largely battered one province

March 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

A winter storm in central and eastern Canada at the beginning of the year caused more than $54 million in insured damage, with the majority of damage being in Quebec, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) reported Thursday. Of the

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Ontario flooding a “wakeup call” for homeowners to check their policies: IBC

February 27, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Ongoing flooding issues in southern Ontario are a “wakeup call” that homeowners should be reviewing their water damage coverage, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) cautions. Several communities, including Brantford, Chatham and London, experienced flooding due to mild temperatures and several

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Court closes door on homeowner plan to build a basement walkout below a flood line

February 22, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A Grande Prairie, Alta.-area property owner who installed a basement door below the one-in-100-year flood line should replace it with a window above the flood line, the Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled, upholding efforts by the municipality to stop

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B.C. lacks climate change policies, especially on wildfires and flooding: audit

February 15, 2018 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s auditor general says the provincial government is working to adapt to the risks posed by climate change but it has no clear plan for wildfires and flooding. Carol Bellringer says there is little monitoring of progress