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Canadians show disconnect on distracted driving

December 29, 2017 by David Gambrill

Distracted driving is getting worse, Canadians say, even as the laws are tightening and public education campaigns are in full gear. More than four out of five Canadians (83%) believe texting while driving is a bigger problem today than it

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Christmas claims follies

December 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

In the spirit of the holiday season, insurance companies around the world are sharing their most—and least—common Christmas claims, in the hopes that people keep safe during the festive period. An obvious Yuletide tip would be to keep your lit

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Eastern Canadian earthquake risk a “huge opportunity” for industry

December 21, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Complacency about real risks, such as an earthquake affecting Eastern Canada, present a “huge opportunity” for insurance providers to educate consumers, a former Economical Insurance CEO said Monday. “Human beings really don’t like thinking about the bad things that could

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Weather service warns that black ice making Nova Scotia roads treacherous

December 21, 2017 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Nova Scotia warning of black ice forming on roads around the province. The weather service said rain that fell on highways and roads across the province overnight had been

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Regulator weighs in on disputed ridesharing claims

December 20, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Disputes among Ontario auto insurers, arising from collisions involving vehicles used for multiple ridesharing providers, will likely be handled in the same way insurers handle priority disputes in accident benefits claims, Ontario’s insurance regulator told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. Aviva Canada

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Economic losses top US$300 billion in 2017

December 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured losses from natural catastrophes in 2017, at more than US$130 billion, were more than double the average of the previous 10 years, and more than US$90 billion in losses is probably from three hurricanes alone, Swiss Re said Wednesday.

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‘Resilient, but tired:’ Mental effects of wildfire lingering in Fort McMurray

December 18, 2017 The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Firefighter Mark Stephenson says he can’t drive through Fort McMurray without being brought back to May 2016. That’s when, in the thick of battling a ferocious wildfire that destroyed 10 per cent of the northern Alberta

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FirstOnSite Restoration strengthens employee focus with newly-created role – Manager, Talent Acquisition

December 14, 2017 FirstOnSite Restoration Limited

MISSISSAUGA, ON., Dec. 14, 2017 /insPRESS/  – FirstOnSite Restoration, Canada’s leading independent disaster restoration services provider, has strengthened its commitment to current and future employees with the creation of a new role: Manager, Talent Acquisition. Filling the role is Leah Pearson,

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Uber privacy breach could affect 815,000 Canadians

December 12, 2017 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Uber Canada said late Monday that 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers may have been affected as part of its worldwide data breach announced in November. The disclosure came the same day the federal privacy commissioner said it had

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The untold story of your client’s new corporate policy

December 11, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Your commercial clients may have all kinds of policies in place to reduce risk, but do they know if their employees are complying with the policies once they are published? You might want to double-check with your clients, because it

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Does your claims app verify the car crash photos you’re getting?

December 8, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

A car crashes into a hydro pole. The driver takes pictures of the damage on a mobile device and sends the photos to the insurer through an app to start a claim. How does the insurer know the photos have

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How autonomous vehicles can reduce your claims payouts

December 8, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

More autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles on the road could potentially result in lower-speed collisions, resulting in a lower severity of damage, a collision repair industry expert told Canadian Underwriter recently. “As we start to see some of these advanced driver