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Why is New Brunswick’s loss ratio the highest in Canada?

June 12, 2019 by Jason Contant

What is contributing to New Brunswick’s skyrocketing loss ratio? According to Canadian Underwriter’s 2019 Statistical Issue, the total (direct) loss ratio for the province last year was 100.8%, up 22 points from 78.8% in 2017. This makes it the highest…

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June 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

What’s blocking Canada from establishing its own national flood insurance program?

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Cause of large B.C. hotel fire still under investigation

June 11, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – Councillors in Victoria are being asked to authorize demolition of what remains of the Plaza Hotel after a fire that burned for four days in the city’s downtown last month. The three-storey, 108-year-old vacant structure had been designated…

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Nova Scotia Health Authority investigating possible privacy breach

June 10, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – The personal health information of nearly 3,000 people may have been compromised in a phishing attack, the Nova Scotia Health Authority says. The health authority said Monday that it is investigating a “potential” privacy breach affecting 2,841 patients.…

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Sexual abuse class-action against Montreal oratory can proceed

June 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you provide commercial liability coverage for religious organizations, you might want to check Friday’s Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in L’Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal v. J.J. The decision paves the way for a class action lawsuit against Montreal’s St.…

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How this auto client got bus-ted

June 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia motorist whose sharp right turn made a bus brake suddenly has lost his dispute with the Insurance Corporation of B.C. Wen Sheng Li was involved in an accident in Vancouver on June 1, 2018. ICBC found him…

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Spring flooding not sinking cottage markets in Ontario, Quebec: report

June 7, 2019 by Ross Marowits - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Spring flooding has failed to sink Ontario and Quebec’s cottage real estate markets, according to Royal LePage’s annual recreational property report. Parts of Quebec cottage country were inaccessible for weeks because of road closures and some Ontario properties…

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How AI can help shape a more effective disaster response

June 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

Artificial intelligence (AI) should be used not only to predict what will happen, but to shape and influence that outcome, the president of IBM Canada said Wednesday. “Predicting it is good, but the value that you get as an enterprise…

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Welcome to the new era of online flood maps

June 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The organization responsible for flood risk mitigation in and near Kitchener, Ont. is contemplating enabling online access to maps that would let some clients see whether they are in a high-risk flood zone. For the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA),…

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Ottawa’s spring floods put last round of repairs to the test

June 6, 2019 by Christian Paas-Lang - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A new round of repairs is in store for pathways around Parliament Hill, after the second major flood in three years. Water levels on the Ottawa River remain a metre above normal and crews working for the National…

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How the EU’s data privacy law will apply to your Canadian clients

June 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The European Union’s new data privacy law can affect your clients even if they don’t have offices in Europe, a cyber security expert with one of the world’s biggest brokerages warns. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which took effect…

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How budget cuts will affect flood risk mitigation

June 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Flood risk mitigation in Ontario could start to depend a lot more on the willingness of corporations and individuals to donate money to the conservation authorities. “The conservation authorities are going to have to make a better case for outreach…