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More than 100,000 Quebeckers without power after wind, freezing rain

April 10, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Premier Francois Legault says the large majority of the more than 100,000 Quebec homes still without power after Monday’s ice storm will have electricity restored by Wednesday night. Speaking to reporters in Quebec City, Legault thanked Hydro-Quebec crews,

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Two winter storms, one $70-million claims bill for insurers

April 9, 2019 by David Gambrill

The busy catastrophe season in Canada thus far is continuing with no signs of slowing down. Two severe weather storms in Ontario this year, one in February and one in March, cost insurers more than $70 million in insured damage,

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Storm leaves more than 275,000 people without power in southern Quebec

April 9, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Hundreds of thousands of people are still without power in southern Quebec after the region was hit freezing rain and strong winds. Quebec-Hydro says the storm Monday caused branches and trees to come in contact with their network,

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Some earthquake deductibles too high: IBC

April 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers are telling the Insurance Bureau of Canada that for some homeowner clients, the deductible on earthquake coverage is so high that the clients could still end up broke after a major tremor. “Right now, the deductible on some of

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Long-range weather forecast: more flood claims for the P&C industry

April 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

Coastal flooding is expected to increase in many areas of Canada, bringing with it increased risk of damage to coastal infrastructure, according to a report released Tuesday by the federal government. “Local sea level is projected to rise, and increase

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Canada ‘much closer’ to national flood program: IBC

April 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The industry is making progress on getting a national flood insurance program, but a key challenge is getting all provinces, territories and Ottawa to agree on how it should work, the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s CEO suggested Tuesday. Unlike Britain

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How the cat season so far compares to 2018

March 26, 2019 by Jason Contant

It seems that the Canadian catastrophe season is off to a strong start, with five events so far this quarter compared to the normal one. “I will say that we have had an anomalous start to the year,” said Laura

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Calgary flood protection a provincial election issue

March 25, 2019 Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – NDP Leader Rachel Notley pledged more flood protection for Calgary on Friday as she and United Conservative rival Jason Kenney accused each other of dithering on another project to help prevent a repeat of the 2013 deluge that

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How climate change affects Canada’s hurricane risk

March 21, 2019 Ryan P. Mulligan, Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, Queen's University - 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.     When tropical cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique

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Manitoba flooding could be worse than 2009

March 19, 2019 Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Heavy snowfall in the United States has raised the threat of flooding in Manitoba’s Red River Valley this spring. The Manitoba government says conditions have worsened since its first flood outlook last month. The province says, with average

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Wildfire catastrophe models need improvement: Reinsurer

March 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The world’s second-largest reinsurer is looking for partners in the artificial intelligence space to help the reinsurer get a better idea of how much insured damage future wildfires could cause. Swiss Re is working with the Massachusetts Institute of technology

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Early storm warning for insurers: $40 million for January storm in eastern Canada

March 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

A winter storm in late January that brought snowfall, freezing rain, rain and strong winds to eastern Canada caused over $39 million in insured damage, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Most of the damage occurred on Jan.