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July hailstorm in Calgary caused $247 million in insured damage: CatIQ

August 6, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

A massive hailstorm that hit Calgary on July 2 caused $247 million in insured damage, according to initial estimates from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Hail, rain and wind damage from the severe storm resulted in extensive flooding of

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Wildfire devastates community of Monte Lake in B.C.’s southern Interior

August 6, 2021 by The Canadian Press

MONTE LAKE, B.C. – Another British Columbia community has been devastated by a raging wildfire and more could be at risk from a blaze in the southern Interior between Kamloops and Vernon. Ken Gillis, chairman of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District,

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The claims impact of the B.C. wildfires

August 5, 2021 by Jason Contant

Wildfires raging across British Columbia have resulted in a lot of additional living expenses (ALE) claims, a property restoration firm told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. “There’s just a lot of increases on the ALE [claims],” Shane Swinson, senior vice president, insurance

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Get ready for hundreds of claims from Barrie twister

July 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The industry will probably see well over 200 claims from the July 15 tornado that hit Barrie, Ont., says a wind damage expert who has looked at the affected area. “I expect the total number of damaged houses was about

The small town of Okotoks was hit hard by the June floods of 2013, with the river valley rushing and raging through wiping out pedestrian bridges, campgrounds, river banks and pathways.
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Why your clients may not have the high ground on overland flood risk

July 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Many homeowners opt not to buy overland flood coverage and this could leave them uninsured in the event of a severe rain storm. “Overland flooding is any water that comes into your house through the windows or door or anything

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Why insured losses from Barrie twister may be higher than you think

July 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The number of Barrie, Ont. clients whose homes are damaged beyond repair by Thursday’s tornado may be more than initially reported, an industry expert predicted Friday. The tornado touched down at about 2:30 p.m. July 15, the Canadian Press reported.

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B.C. premier says he will lobby PM to enlist military for wildfire prevention duty

July 9, 2021 by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

COQUITLAM, B.C. — British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he will lobby Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to deploy Canada’s military to help clear fire danger zones to prevent future wildfires. Trudeau and Horgan met Thursday with local government and First

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Elsa’s forecasted impact on the Maritimes

July 7, 2021 by David Gambrill

Tropical Storm Elsa is tracking to hit the Maritimes this weekend as a post-tropical storm, potentially dumping up to 50 mm of rain in areas of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Currently hitting the Gulf Coast of

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Lightning sparks new fires as thunderstorms add to danger in B.C.’s Interior

July 6, 2021 by The Canadian Press

LYTTON, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says 212 wildfires are burning in British Columbia as lightning storms swept over several areas of the province. The wildfire service website shows more than three dozen small fires have been sparked across

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Lytton fire raises questions about possible subrogation

July 5, 2021 by David Gambrill

As the British Columbia Wildfire Service works with the RCMP to investigate the cause of a fire last week that burned down 90% of the village of Lytton, preliminary reports that the fire originated in the town — and not

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From one extreme to another

July 1, 2021 by Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

When attempting to sum up the industry’s business environment during the pandemic, the word ‘extreme’ comes to mind

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How reinsurance prices could come down

June 29, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Record-low interest rates are making insurance-linked securities attractive to some investors, and this could be good news for primary insurers. ILS includes but is not limited to catastrophe bonds, said Marcos Alvarez, Toronto-based senior vice president and head of insurance