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One way car repairs may become cheaper

February 20, 2018 by Jason Contant

Vehicles with special materials such as high-strength steels, aluminum and carbon fibres are now contributing to an increase in severity potential and repair costs, but these costs may eventually decrease, Mitchell International said on Thursday. Preliminary data is showing the

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‘Behind in our preparation:’ Nunavut rushing to meet pot deadline

February 20, 2018 The Canadian Press

IQALUIT, Nunavut – With marijuana legalization only months away, members of Nunavut’s new government are finally discussing how the territory will handle the change. “We do feel behind in our preparation,” said Dan Carlson, Nunavut’s deputy minister of finance. The

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How Internet of Things will change product liability

February 19, 2018 by David Gambrill

Product liability could look very different in the future once the Internet of Things (IoT) connects a variety of insured household and business products, Clyde and Co. litigator Prachi Shah told Canadian Underwriter Friday. In existing IoT literature, we hear

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Want to offer real-time claims payments? Start planning now

February 19, 2018 by Jason Contant

Canadian insurance companies should start to plan now how they will implement ISO 20022, an international standard that supports electronic payments, the chief operating officer of Payments Canada told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. “Your large insurance companies… ought to be thinking

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Artificial Intelligence, the latest cybersecurity threat

February 19, 2018 by Jason Contant

Artificial intelligence (AI) could be a double-edged sword for Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry, offering several potentially positive outcomes, but at the same time a new cybersecurity threat. AI is consistently touted by the insurance industry for its potential

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Ride-hailing on its way to B.C.

February 19, 2018 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – Ride-hailing is on its way to British Columbia after the online services received the unanimous support of an all-party committee of the legislature on Thursday. The committee made 32 recommendations to help pave the way for introducing and

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What to ask your D&O clients before a market correction

February 15, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The latest stock market roller coaster ride should prompt brokers placing directors’ and officers’ liability to ask their clients about independent audits and internal controls. The week ending Feb. 9 saw a “a steep and broad-based selloff” in the stock

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Former privacy commissioner offers tip on reporting data breaches

February 15, 2018 by David Gambrill

CEOs, not chief information officers (CIOs), should be making the call on whether to report a data breach when a company falls victim to a targeted cyberattack, a former privacy commissioner told a cyber loss management seminar organized by Crawford

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How red tape is bringing telematics to a standstill

February 14, 2018 by Jason Contant

Restrictions imposed on how insurers price usage-based insurance pricing (UBIP) are hampering innovation in the insurance industry, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) told Canadian Underwriter Monday. Canadian Underwriter asked IBC on Monday for examples of red tape that could

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Sexual harassment lawsuit? Why it pays for a risk manager to be a pack rat

February 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Risk managers who retain insurance policies for only seven or 10 years need to rethink this practice, an independent risk consultant warns. Having a copy of a 15- or 20-year-old liability insurance policy is “like owning a bank note in

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GM brings Maven car-sharing startup to Toronto

February 13, 2018 David Paddon - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – General Motors Co. is bringing its Maven car-sharing business to Canada for the first time as part of the Detroit-based company’s broader strategy for navigating through a rapidly changing automotive world. Toronto will be the first city outside

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A new way for brokerages to assign clients to advisors

February 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

An Ontario brokerage has done away with the traditional alphabetized way of assigning clients to brokers. Under the alphabetized approach, sometimes referred to as the “alpha split,” a brokerage divides its clients evenly by the number of account managers it