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Powerful aftershocks, some as high as magnitude-6.5, strike New Zealand after original M7.8 earthquake: AIR

November 15, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Powerful aftershocks have shaken New Zealand since a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck South Island near Hanmer Springs at 12:02 a.m. local time on Nov. 14, some as strong as magnitude-6.5, AIR Worldwide said on Monday. Although damage has been relatively light,

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Information availability key to enhancing coverage in construction

November 14, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

Having as much solid information as possible – as early as possible – can help open up the marketplace when it comes to available coverages for construction projects, Peter Campbell, Halifax branch manager for Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada, suggested during

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Some increased risks developing in surety space, but these can be managed: panel

November 14, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

The outlook for surety in Canada is healthy, but a number of developments are introducing increased risk that need to be taken into account and properly managed, speakers suggested during the Toronto Risk and Insurance Education Forum last week in

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‘Work performed’ exclusion in builder’s liability policy does not apply in allegations of consequential damage: Court of Appeal for Ontario

November 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A “work performed” exclusion in a commercial general liability policy for a building contractor does not apply if a lawsuit against a contractor alleges consequential damage, the Court of Appeal for Ontario suggested in a ruling released Tuesday. Parkhill Excavating

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Hurricane Matthew causes up to US$15 billion impact to U.S. and Caribbean economies in October: Aon Benfield

November 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Hurricane Matthew, which swept through parts of the Caribbean and United States last month, is expected to cost up to US$15 billion to both economies, according to Aon Benfield’s latest Global Catastrophe Recap. Released on Wednesday, the report from Aon

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Regulators: Close more disposal wells after Oklahoma quake

November 9, 2016 by The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma regulators are ordering the shutdown of more disposal wells and restricting the volume of others near where a magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck. The plan released Tuesday by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Division requires

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Vancouver planning additional measures to combat damage, costs associated with sea level rise

October 31, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

“Sitting on the sidelines is not an option while climate change threatens our future,” Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson emphasized last week in announcing the city’s next moves to prepare for sea level rise over the next century. “The massive costs

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Barely passable grade on flood preparedness demands immediate action: report

October 31, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

All 10 Canadian provinces and Yukon are not making the grade when it comes to flood preparedness, signalling the need for change, including not allowing municipalities to override provincial or territorial direction on development in flood-prone areas, argues a new

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Combined ratio improves 2.7 points at Arch

October 27, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Arch Capital Group Ltd. of Hamilton, Bermuda, reporting a 7.5% overall increase in net premiums written, a 2.1-point improvement in loss ratio and a drop in reinsurance premiums partly due to a decline in casualty, marine and aviation lines premiums.

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Disputed course of construction claim involving LEG exclusion remanded back to B.C. appeal court

October 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A disputed $14.5-million claim on a course of construction policy, arising from an incident when concrete slabs over-deflected during the building of a hospital addition, was recently remanded by the Supreme Court of Canada to the British Columbia Court of

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Coastal wetlands prevented more than US$625 million in property damages during Hurricane Sandy in 2012: report

October 25, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More than US$625 million in property damages were prevented during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 by coastal wetlands along the coast northeast coast of the United States, according to a new report released on Tuesday. Using the latest modelling techniques, scientists

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Estimated insured losses for U.S., Caribbean from Hurricane Matthew US$2.5 billion to US$8 billion: RMS

October 21, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

RMS has estimated Hurricane Matthew will produce insured losses of US$1.5 billion to US$5 billion for the United States and US$1 billion to US$3 billion in the Caribbean, making it the reinsurance industry’s costliest Atlantic hurricane since Sandy four years