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The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on March 27, 2024
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Canadian bridges are safe, officials say, after U.S. bridge rammed by ship collapses 

March 27, 2024 Jacob Serebrin – The Canadian Press

Canadian authorities tried to reassure the public about the safety of bridges in the country following the collapse of a bridge in Baltimore, Md., early Tuesday morning after it was rammed by a container ship.  Halifax Harbour Bridges, which operates

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What claims adjusters earn in Canada

March 20, 2024 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to clarify the different ways in which adjusters in Canada earn compensation.    In-field adjusters are making slightly more than their desk adjuster and claims representatives counterparts, according to Impact Recruitment’s 2024 Insurance

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Roof collapses feared if freezing rain follows heavy snowfall

January 16, 2024 by David Gambrill

Fearing a wave of roof collapses could occur in the short term, Toitures Hogue, a large Quebec roofer, is urging owners of commercial, industrial and/or institutional buildings to be cautious and proactive in advance of a freezing rain forecast over

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Will building code changes affect farm fire severity?

November 2, 2023 by Jason Contant

With changes from the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) in the process of becoming law in Ontario next spring, farm insurance experts are raising concerns that the maximum barn size restriction will be removed and Ontario’s Fire Code (OFC)

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Fight for funding to protect land link between N.S. and N.B. goes to court

July 21, 2023 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government is asking the province’s Court of Appeal to determine who has jurisdiction over the works that protect a vital link between the province and New Brunswick. In a court document filed Wednesday, lawyers for

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How the pandemic changed adjusting for the long haul

July 10, 2023 Philip Porado

COVID-19 restrictions led adjusters to shift claims work to desktop teams. The change was driven by client reluctance to meet in-person and employees’ desire to reduce site work until the risks were better understood. But those changes can make some

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Private investment needed to ramp up climate adaptation in infrastructure: report

May 16, 2023 The Canadian Press

A new report by the Canadian Climate Institute says private capital is needed to invest in climate adaptation infrastructure as extreme weather events like fires and floods become more acute by the year. The report co-authored by insurance firm The

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Can risk management companies close the talent gap?

April 20, 2023 Jason Contant

A high percentage of today’s pool of risk managers has been working in the industry a long time, and the next largest group are fairly new to the business. Those in the younger group “are excited about what they’ve done

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Why resolving claims disputes is about more than numbers

April 11, 2023 Derek Sayers

Want to increase the likelihood of a construction project insurance claim being accepted? Take the time to validate each aspect of that claim. The upfront work will make it easier for any umpires, mediators, consultants or lawyers brought in to

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Cyberattack hits Canadian engineering giant with contracts for military bases, power plants

March 9, 2023 Lee Berthiaume - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A Canadian engineering giant whose work involves critical military, power and transportation infrastructure across the country has been hit with a ransomware attack. Toronto-based Black & McDonald has so far refused to publicly comment on the cyberattack, while

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It’s time to address Canadian adjuster mobility, claims experts say

February 10, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Developing and effectively using the pool of Canadian claims adjusters for catastrophe response is a problem that continues to keep adjusting firms up at night, experts told a CatIQ Connect panel on Wednesday.  “Most people don’t realize that seven of

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Can the P&C industry navigate these 3 problems in 2023?

January 9, 2023 David Gambrill

Thanks to supply chain disruptions, labour shortages and inflation, insurance policyholders face longer and more expensive repairs. To address that, insurance industry execs said, Canada’s P&C industry needs to up its communications game during the claims process. P&C insurance professionals