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 Out of control Saskatchewan wildfire triggers state of emergency, evacuation

April 23, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

BIGGAR, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s fire commissioner is urging people across the province not to have open fires as a wildfire around the town of Biggar sparked a state of emergency and some evacuations. Duane McKay says crews are assessing what

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Toronto van attack survivor deemed catastrophically injured

April 22, 2019 Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Aleksandra Kozhevnikova doesn’t remember being hit by the van that careened through north Toronto and mowed down pedestrians on a busy thoroughfare last April. Nor does the 92-year-old woman, one of the 16 injured who survived, want to

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Spring melt floods thousands of Quebec homes

April 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

Nearly 2,400 homes in Quebec have been flooded following the spring melt in the province, according to statistics released early Monday morning by the provincial government. The flooding has resulted in the evacuation of more than 1,500 residents. The city

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BMW adds nearly 185,000 vehicles to recall over fire risk

April 18, 2019 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – BMW is adding nearly 185,000 vehicles in the U.S. to a 2017 recall for possible engine fires. Two years ago the company recommended that the vehicles be parked outdoors until problems are fixed. The recall expansion covers a

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This aging infrastructure problem could force residents out of homes

April 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A substantial number of Ontario residents are at risk of becoming temporarily homeless because they live in old high-rise buildings with critical infrastructure that needs to be replaced, a politician told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. “Across Toronto and across Ontario we

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Condo flooding liability 101

April 18, 2019 by David Gambrill

You are the owner of a condo unit. The toilet in the condo unit above you overflows, causing water damage to your ceiling and floor. No, your upstairs neighbour does not have to reimburse you for your $1,000 insurance policy

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How insurers can turn their salvage into social purpose

April 17, 2019 by Jason Contant

If your client has filed a claim after experiencing a major event like a flood or fire, it’s likely that contractors have removed salvageable materials that are still usable. For example, in the event of a kitchen flood, contractors may

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CU Total Loss Series: To repair, or not to repair?

April 17, 2019 by David Gambrill

Total Loss Series, Part 1:  Cycle Times Imagine Canada’s auto insurance industry saving millions of dollars each year in total loss costs and passing that along to Canadian drivers in the form of premium decreases. And all by simply reducing

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One critical piece of advice to your client about BI cyber claims

April 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

Preparing in advance for how a cyber-related business interruption loss may play out can help transform the claims process, speakers said earlier this month at NetDiligence’s Cyber Risk Summit in Toronto. A lot of the “claims frustration” can be avoided

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Uber-style platform for expediting appraisals now in Canada

April 16, 2019 by David Gambrill

An Uber-style platform to expedite home and auto claims appraisals has made its way into Canada. Offered by WeGoLook, the online and mobile sharing-economy platform provides personalized, onsite data capture for inspections and low-complexity services across the United States. Now

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How brokers can stop a flooded basement

April 16, 2019 by David Gambrill

A recent study suggests brokers have a golden opportunity to talk to homeowners one-on-one about how to protect homes from basement floods. With the right information and often for less than $500, homeowners can protect themselves from the increasing risks

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Feds to relocate Ontario First Nation community that was built in a flood plain

April 16, 2019 Kristy Kirkup - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The pain of spring flooding at a First Nation in northern Ontario is hitting harder this year, as government promises for a permanent new location remain far from reality. Starting on Monday, more than 2,500 members of the