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COVID 19 pandemic adds risk to wildfire season: B.C. forests minister


NEW HAZELTON, B.C. – The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the danger of British Columbia’s wildfire season and the province’s forests minister says public help is crucial to reduce fires. Doug Donaldson says wildfires caused by humans are preventable and divert

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Opinion: How to sell cyber insurance digitally

May 20, 2020 Nick Novinger, Regional Manager (Quebec), Canadian Insurance Brokers Inc.

We’re operating in a much more digital world than just a few months ago. As companies of all sizes scramble to make their operations work outside their physical buildings, the threat of cyberattacks increases. Small business clients intuitively understand the

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Origin and Cause makes moves out west

May 20, 2020 Origin and Cause

Vancouver, B.C.,  MAY 19, 2020/InsPRESS/ – Origin and Cause is pleased to announce the addition of Keith Ellwood, Fire and Explosion Investigator, to our team in Calgary. Keith has spent over 8 years with the Office of the Fire Commissioner

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What can go wrong if ‘actual cash value’ is not clearly defined in a property policy

May 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

After a 132-year-old Cape Breton Island building was heavily damaged by a sprinkler line failure, there was a huge disparity between the property owner and insurer’s versions of “actual cash value.” The claimant said $1.59 million, while the insurer said

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Canary joins Envista’s major loss group as technical lead, fire and explosion

May 19, 2020 Envista Forensics

CHICAGO, MAY 15, 2020/insPRESS/ – Envista Forensics, a global forensics consulting and engineering firm, announced today that Larry Canary, Vice President of Fire & Explosion for their European offices, will now join the North America Major Loss Group as Technical Lead,

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Pandemic traffic on the rise as provincial economies prepare to re-open

May 15, 2020 by Adam Malik

People are driving less, but by how much? Canadian Underwriter put the question to a number of organizations to find the answer: Anywhere from 20-70%. However, despite ongoing local travel and social distancing restrictions, and as provincial governments start to

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Despite re-openings, time is ticking on construction clients’ inactivity limits

May 14, 2020 by Adam Malik

A “snowball effect” could leave some construction companies facing major financial challenges despite the slow re-opening of some of their closed worksites, one brokerage warns. In some situations, the damage may already be done, leaving brokers scrambling to help out

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How curbside retail re-opening creates liability risk

May 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Retailers who are partially re-opening without letting customers into their stores could face liability risk if customers are somehow injured just outside the store, an insurance defence lawyer suggests. Since May 11, some Ontario retailers who were originally ordered closed

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Bank of Canada warns in report of business, household debt from COVID 19

May 14, 2020 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada says there are signs in the country’s financial markets that suggest concern about the ability of companies to weather the COVID-19 economic crisis. The central bank has spent the last two months making a

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MGB’s continued claims services to the commercial/ industrial markets following Fort McMurray flood

May 14, 2020 MGB Claims Consultants

TORONTO,ON, MAY 14, 2020/insPRESS/  – MGB Claims Consultants Inc., Canada’s leading commercial/industrial and complex claims management firm, continues to provide claims support in Fort McMurray in response to the April flooding event. The MGB team is on site to assist

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Lower auto claims frequency may not translate into reduced claims severity: Intact CEO

May 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your auto client base is driving less because of the pandemic, then its claims costs should drop in proportion. Right? Not necesessarily, suggests the head of Canada’s largest auto insurer. Intact Financial Corp. looked at its database of driving

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AssessMed’s ‘S.A.F.E.R. Way’ takes no shortcuts to protect assessors and examinees

May 13, 2020 AssessMed

MISSISSAUGA, ON, MAY 13, 2020/insPRESS/ – As we begin to see restrictions gradually lifted in the various provinces across Canada, AssessMed has shared the additional measures they have taken to protect assessors, examinees, and staff as they once again begin