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The trick to getting blockchain to work for insurance

July 30, 2018 by Jason Contant

The trick to getting blockchain to work in the insurance space is getting all the players in the market to align and agree on common standards and a way to govern the blockchain, Aon Benfield’s chief information officer said Friday.

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Questions to ask clients who serve alcohol

July 30, 2018 by Jason Contant

Risk managers in the restaurant and bar business need to “mine” for information from potential insureds to make sure they exercise their duty of care in serving alcohol responsibly. “From a risk management standpoint, what’s key is the insured is

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What your hospitality clients need to know about their liability limits

July 29, 2018 by Jason Contant

In the restaurant and bar business, those serving alcohol are trained to recognize the symptoms of intoxication to prevent an “overservice” problem, and subsequent liability to the business. But what happens when a customer has been drinking in multiple establishments before

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Two lesser-known risks in the restaurant industry

July 26, 2018 by Jason Contant

Besides the obvious liquor liability risk in the restaurant and bar sector, risk managers should also pay attention to cyber and sexual harassment risks, says a broker with Holmes Murphy who specializes in the area. Over the past few years,

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Nova Scotia defends controversial plan to sell cannabis in liquor stores

July 26, 2018 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia is defending its unique cannabis retail scheme that will sell weed in existing liquor stores amid criticisms the arrangement poses a public health risk. A Halifax psychology professor issued a news release criticizing the model, which

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How brokers can help risk managers sort out counterparty insurance

July 25, 2018 by David Gambrill

Courting a new business partner and relying on your counterparty’s insurance coverage to respond to a loss? For a risk manager, it’s a good idea to engage in a form of insurance “prenup” conversation with the potential business partner, says

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Travel insurance program targets those not buying through brokers

July 23, 2018 by Jason Contant

Specialized travel insurance provider TuGo has launched an Affiliate Program, a secondary distribution channel to reach travellers who aren’t currently buying products through traditional channels such as brokers. TuGo’s CEO, Patrick Robinson, told Canadian Underwriter Monday that TuGo’s Affiliate Program

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How much it cost the industry when baseball-sized hail hit western Canada

July 23, 2018 by Jason Contant

A severe storm that affected parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba in mid-June resulted in more than $90 million in insured damage, according to data released by Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Strong winds and large hail – in some

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The preferred way to transfer risk of automated cars: Travelers

July 22, 2018 by Jason Contant

The public policy division of Travelers is recommending that a “clear risk transfer mechanism” be in place to adapt auto insurance for autonomous vehicles. “While there has not been widespread attention paid to how liability and compensation will be addressed as

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Trade war? There may be insurance for that

July 22, 2018 by David Gambrill

As the U.S. Commerce Department contemplates imposing a 25 per cent tariff on all vehicles imported into the United States, including vehicles from Canada, risk managers are starting to contemplate where all of this heightened rhetoric around protectionism may take

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Where Canadian drivers pay the most (and least) for auto insurance

July 19, 2018 by Jason Contant

When it comes to auto insurance premiums in Canada, drivers in British Columbia pay the most, followed by Ontario, data supplied by Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) revealed Wednesday. In B.C. last year, average annual auto premiums were $1,680. The

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After leak causes $3-million damage to dream home, plumbing contractor loses bid to block insurer’s subrogation

July 19, 2018 by David Gambrill

A plumbing contractor facing a subrogation lawsuit from a homeowner’s insurer is not eligible for coverage under the homeowner’s purchased Residential Builders–All Risks [RBAR] insurance policy, an Ontario court has ruled. Joseph and Lidia Maio had their dream home built