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Windsor residents ‘disappointed’ with Ontario government response after August flooding: NDP

September 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Policy makers “need to look more closely” at government programs intended to help people recover from natural disasters, and these programs “may evolve” in the coming years, Ontario Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro said Thursday. During question period at Queen’s

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Federal bill aims to address ‘regulatory challenges’ of disruptive vehicle technologies

September 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Legislation under consideration by the House of Commons “would increase the flexibility” of federal law to address automated and connected technologies used in vehicles, a member of parliament suggested Wednesday. “Shifts in the global technology landscape are placing a growing

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‘Small number’ of RBC credit card holders affected in Equifax breach, bank says

September 22, 2017 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – RBC says “a small number” of its credit-card clients’ personal information may have been affected in the massive Equifax security breach. Bank spokesperson A.J. Goodman said in an email that RBC has not yet identified any impact to

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Nearly two billion data records compromised in first half of 2017: report

September 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than 900 data breaches led to nearly two billion records being compromised worldwide in the first half of 2017, digital security company Gemalto said in a new report. In the first six months of this year, 918 data breaches

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U.S. federal agency urging corporate cybersecurity upgrades is hacked

September 21, 2017 The Associated Press (APR)

The federal agency responsible for ensuring that markets function as they should and for protecting investors was hacked last year and the intruders may have used the nonpublic information they obtained to profit illegally. The disclosure arrived two months after

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Allstate estimates gross cat losses of US$576 for Hurricane Harvey

September 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Allstate Corporation has estimated gross catastrophe losses, excluding homeowners flood, of US$576 pre-tax for Hurricane Harvey. The losses will be reduced by US$23 million in anticipated reinsurance recoveries, for a net estimated loss of US$553 million, Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate

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Reduction in prejudgment interest rate in Ontario auto lawsuits applies retrospectively: Court

September 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A reduction two years ago, in Ontario’s prejudgment interest rate for pain and suffering damages awarded in auto bodily injury lawsuits, was intended to apply to lawsuits arising from vehicle collisions before 2015 if they go to trial after Bill

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78% of polled Canadians want to see distracted driving tech solution: Aviva Canada

September 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly four in five polled Canadians (78%) in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Alberta said they want to see a technology solution that would stop distracted driving by disabling texting and other functions while the driver is behind the wheel,

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Esurance expands online auto and home insurance to Ontario

September 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Esurance has announced that it is expanding its online auto and home insurance to Ontario. Esurance – an Allstate company with homeowner and auto insurance available across Alberta, Ontario and the United States – uses “advanced technology to offer an

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Ontario ministry searches Volkswagen offices in emissions scandal investigation

September 20, 2017 Dan Healing - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The federal government should be moving ahead with action against Volkswagen in the wake of news that Ontario has charged the company and carried out a raid on its headquarters, according to an environmental organization. On Tuesday, provincial authorities executed

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Vehicle defect correction bill debated in Commons

September 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s transport minister will have the power to “order a company to correct a defect or non-compliance in a vehicle or equipment” if a bill debated Tuesday in the House of Commons is passed into law. “If a situation arose

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Rescuers dig through collapsed buildings as Mexico quake kills 225

September 20, 2017 Christopher Sherman, Peter Orsi and Mark Stevenson - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEXICO CITY – Rescuers said Wednesday they have found a surviving child in the ruins of a school that collapsed in Mexico’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake, one of many efforts across the city to save people trapped in under schools, homes