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What stops this insurer from measuring effectiveness of winter tires

October 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than half a million Manitoba motorists are taking advantage of a winter tire financing program, but the jury is still out on whether the program has reduced accident frequency or severity. There are about 580,000 registered passenger vehicles in…

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How B.C. plans to address nat cat risk management

October 29, 2019 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The challenges of preventing and responding to devastating wildfires and floods in British Columbia and the prospect of more disasters to come has prompted the government to reassess its emergency management laws. The Emergency Program Act needs to…

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$2.2-million credit score class action settlement with The Personal approved

October 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A $2.2 million settlement of a class-action privacy lawsuit against The Personal has been approved by a judge, plaintiffs’ law firm Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation announced Monday. The lawsuit arose after The Personal asked some auto claimants if it could…

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Final pieces of storm toppled crane removed off top of Halifax building

October 28, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – The final pieces of a crane that collapsed onto a building in Halifax last month, during post-tropical storm Dorian, have been removed. A government release says the pieces that were lying on the top storey of the Olympus…

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Expert witness rule in auto personal injury lawsuits deemed unconstitutional

October 25, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A 22-year-old Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of a marine cargo insurer is a sword that could cut the other way for Canadian auto insurers. The British Columbia government brought in a rule this past March limiting parties…

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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…