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Barrie tornado will cost more than originally estimated

October 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A bad storm system this past July will probably cost the industry about $100 million. On July 15, several tornadoes touched down in central Ontario. One caused irreparable damage to dozens of homes in Barrie, about 100 kilometres north of

The roof of Mary Queen of Peace elementary school was torn off after Hurricane Larry crossed over Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula in the early morning hours, in St. John's, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly
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Hurricane Larry will probably cost the industry this much

October 27, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers will probably pay out $25 million towards claims from Hurricane Larry. That is the initial estimate from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ), the Insurance Bureau of Canada said Wednesday in a press release. Hurricane Larry made landfall on

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Solar storms pose risks to Canada’s aging electric power grid

October 26, 2021 by Philip Porado

The sun brings light, warmth … and solar flares that pose risks for aging power grids in Canada and worldwide, panellists told a recent Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC) webinar on emerging risks. While routine blackouts generally happen

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How much are reinsurers underestimating climate change risk?

October 18, 2021 by Jason Contant

Global reinsurers could be underestimating climate change exposure by up to 50%, according to a recent analysis by S&P Global Ratings.  “Our scenario analysis suggests that reinsurers’ estimates of their exposure to natural catastrophe risk — and therefore physical climate

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Wildfire that destroyed Lytton, BC was not train-related, safety board finds

October 15, 2021 by Jason Contant

There is no evidence that railway operations contributed to the wildfire that destroyed the town of Lytton, British Columbia this summer, an investigation from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has found. “The TSB has not identified any link

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Peatlands protect against wildfire and flooding, but they’re still under attack in Canada

October 13, 2021 by The Canadian Press

By Edward Struzik, Fellow, Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, Ontario. This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure

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A fire season like none other

October 6, 2021 by Jason Contant, Online Editor

Even as B.C. wildfires continue to burn, investigations begin and claims start rolling in.

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Tornado blows change through Ontario bylaws

October 5, 2021 by Jason Contant, Online Editor

Municipalities respond to series of tornadoes with new rules governing building construction.

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Warm… but no longer cosy

October 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Rising sea levels, more intense rainfall and an increase in fire weather are among the effects the Canadian industry could feel from climate change.

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Storms in Saskatchewan and Alberta cost $120 million: CatIQ

September 27, 2021 by Jason Contant

Two storms this summer across Saskatchewan and Alberta caused a total of $120 million in insured damage, according to initial estimates from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Severe storms beginning Aug. 31 brought flash flooding and large hail that

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Okanagan Lake area wildfire could cost the industry nearly $80 million

September 24, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An interior British Columbia wildfire this past August, which forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 properties, will cost the industry an estimated $77 million, the Insurance Bureau of Canada said Thursday. The White Rock Lake fire began on Aug.

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Canada’s warming may hurt access to insurance: DBRS

September 24, 2021 by James Langton - Investment Executive

An increase in extreme weather events may threaten the availability of property insurance in Canada, warns DBRS Morningstar in a new report. The rating agency said that Canadian property and casualty (P&C) insurers have, so far, proven resilient in the