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Power fully restored two weeks after major snowstorm, cleanup continues

October 25, 2019 by The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Electricity is back on in all communities that lost power two weeks ago, when Manitoba was hit by a major snowstorm that brought down power poles and transmission towers. Manitoba Hydro says crews have replaced more than 4,000…

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What surprised forensic engineers about massive Toronto propane explosions

October 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

After the deadly Sunrise Propane explosions caused a massive evacuation in north Toronto, the central focus of regulators came as a surprise to some engineers who investigate such disasters. Pumping propane from one truck to another was identified as a…

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Snow-battered province faces flood advisory

October 23, 2019 by The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Some areas of Manitoba are watching rivers and lakes closely as the province warns rain could bring high water – or even flooding – after a devastating snowstorm more than a week ago. Rain forecast for southeastern Manitoba…

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Sedgwick Canada exec appointed to lead CIAA

October 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

John Jones has been appointed as the new president of the Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association (CIAA), the association reported Tuesday. Jones assumed the role of 35th president of the association from outgoing president Sarah Hirst during the CIAA Annual General…

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Take-up rates low in this line of commercial insurance: Lloyd’s

October 22, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Is your client’s loss of income covered if the business got interrupted because of a catastrophe that hit a supplier? That depends on what the policy says and whether the client actually bought contingent business interruption (CBI) insurance. And these…

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Investigation continues after van dragged pedestrian several blocks

October 21, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A 24-year-old woman must undergo multiple surgeries to reconstruct her face after a van dragged her for several blocks in downtown Vancouver last weekend An online fundraising page for the woman, only identified as Desiree, says doctors at…

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What vulnerabilities are getting in the way of insurance?

October 18, 2019 by Adam Malik

Insurance leaders are aware they’re not moving fast enough to keep up with change, be it around technological or customer expectations. But, as they said at a recent summit, they have no choice but to figure it out. For Pat…

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Thousands of homes and businesses still without power one week after storm

October 18, 2019 by  Steve Lambert - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – More Manitoba residents saw their electricity restored Thursday – one week after a major snowstorm brought down power poles and transmission towers and delivered another wallop to farmers. Manitoba Hydro said some 6,500 homes and businesses remained without…

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What’s changed about Millennials in the workplace?

October 17, 2019 by Adam Malik

Millennials aren’t necessarily job hoppers, but they don’t want to feel stuck. So if you want to keep your young, talented staff – and attract new ones – make sure you’re showing them how the insurance industry can offer stability…

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Supreme Court of Canada mulls liability for reputational harm from tainted meat

October 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If a restaurant loses business because it served meat from a batch later discovered to be unsafe, is the supplier of that meat liable, in tort, to the restaurant for its economic loss due to a tarnished reputation? That question…

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Flood risk in southwestern Ontario: It’s not just rainfall…

October 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Higher-than normal levels on the Great Lakes are increasing water damage risk in Windsor, Ont., which was hit two years ago with flooding that cost the industry more than $100 million. “We are well above where we typically are for…

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What claims adjusters are seeing from the Manitoba storm

October 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

An “unprecedented” snowstorm that resulted in a provincial state of emergency in Manitoba and left more than 100,000 hydro customers without power does not seem to be a significant event so far from a claims perspective. In the past week,…