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Will Ottawa-Gatineau insured losses set a record for tornado damage?

September 28, 2018 by Jason Contant

Official catastrophe estimates will not be ready for awhile following the tornadoes that struck the Ottawa and Gatineau areas Sept. 21, but it will definitely be a cat event, industry observers say. Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) defines a

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Why your clients are increasingly exposed to wildfire losses

September 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Climate change has turned the risk of wildfire into a year-round peril in Western Canada, a geography expert says. In the past, wildfire season started in April or May and ended some time in October, said Dominic Ford, senior geospatial

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How cell phone records proved this insurer’s auto fraud case

September 26, 2018 by David Gambrill

Cell phone records proved to be the deciding factor in an insurance fraud case in which a B.C. driver falsely claimed that his truck had been stolen. Parker Winterbottom, 22 at the time, reported to police in October 2011 that

News CatastrophesClaimsInsuranceMarkets / Coverages

Claims whack-a-mole: what’s going on in property lines?

September 25, 2018 by David Gambrill

As if mounting auto insurance losses aren’t enough, the industry now has a new emerging issue to worry about this year – an alarming spike in home and commercial property claims. Catastrophe losses and fire are among the chief culprits

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Tornado damage: View from the ground

September 25, 2018 by Jason Contant

Claims adjusters are reporting a wide range of claims from the two tornadoes that tore through the Ottawa-Gatineau area Friday. “The tornado event is considered to be more like a ‘pocket storm,’” Kumar Sivakumaran, vice president of national operations with

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What made the Dunrobin tornado so unique

September 24, 2018 by Jason Contant

One tornado that struck the Dunrobin, Ont. area Friday was only the second EF3 twister to touch down in the province in September or later – and the first during this time period in 120 years, said Glenn McGillivray, managing

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Third spill of sulphuric acid reported in Trail, B.C.

September 24, 2018 The Canadian Press

TRAIL, B.C. – The movement of sulphuric acid by truck through a southeastern British Columbia city has been halted while officials try to determine why there has been a third leak of the corrosive liquid in less than six months.

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This vehicle accident ‘speaks for itself’

September 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal from a motorist found to be liable for a single-vehicle collision. Brad Gaebel was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Gordon Lipka, who lost control after moving to the

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How commercial insurers are addressing this D&O coverage gap

September 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If your corporate client goes under and occupies polluted land, what happens if individual directors are left on the hook to clean up environmental contamination? This is the subject of “long, complex discussions” that Aon Canada brokers are having with

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Diesel fuel leaks into river after fatal train derailment

September 20, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – A train that derailed in northern Manitoba on Saturday that killed a railway worker is leaking diesel fuel into the Metishto River. Manitoba Sustainable Development says the fuel is from one of the locomotives. The province says spill

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How corporate mergers impact cyber risk

September 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Cyber risk goes up if a company goes through a merger or acquisition, an information security consultant suggests. One way your client can reduce cyber risk is to know what hardware and software is on their computer network, Jeremy Hurst,

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The ‘Big Three’ indicators of address fraud

September 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

Insurers looking to verify a claimant’s address should focus on bank, credit card and cellphone records, an insurance defence lawyer said Tuesday. Andrew Grayson, a lawyer specializing in insurance defence litigation with Regan Desjardins LLP, called those records the “Big