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B.C. report calls for co-ordinated heat alert system to prevent future deaths

June 8, 2022 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia is better prepared to withstand a hot weather emergency like that which caused more than 600 deaths last summer, but more must be done to protect people and communities, says the chief medical officer at the

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Aviva Canada’s eco-friendly approach to claims

June 7, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Aviva Canada is piloting an eco-friendly claims process, part of its plan to become a net-zero company by 2040. Notably, the company is mobilizing its efforts to respond to climate change by recycling and sorting materials during the claims process.

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How the derecho impacted claims service levels

June 7, 2022 by Jason Contant

It’s only natural claims adjusting service levels will drop, given the large number of claims arising from the derecho that struck parts of Ontario and Quebec in May, says the president of the Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association (CIAA). “Things like

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Flood watches remain in parts of B.C.

June 7, 2022 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Emergency officials say as many as 20 buildings are flooded in three northwestern British Columbia communities. But a break in the weather has slowed rising waterways across the region. The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine ordered the evacuation of

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Becoming better at planning for disasters

June 6, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

If the ongoing flooding in Manitoba and the Ontario/Quebec derecho storm of last month taught us anything, it’s that we must change how we think about natural disasters, argue the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction’s Glenn McGillivray, and PhD candidate Korey Pasch,

Damage from the May 21 derecho in Ontario
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Why this province’s approach to adjuster capacity needs to go national

June 6, 2022 by Jason Contant

The president of the Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association (CIAA) is hoping other provinces take note of how Ontario’s insurance regulator has approached adjuster capacity and licensing issues following the May 21 derecho that struck Ontario and Quebec. On May 31,

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Evacuations, local state of emergency in northwest B.C. as flood risk rises

June 6, 2022 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Evacuation orders have been issued for three small communities in northwestern British Columbia as the flood risk rises across the region. Residents of the Terrace-area communities of Old Remo, New Remo and Usk were ordered out of their

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Insurer must defend negligence case, despite pollution exclusion

June 3, 2022 by David Gambrill

Canada’s top court has essentially confirmed that an insurer’s duty to defend in a commercial insurance case involving a pollution exclusion will depend on the cause of the legal action. In refusing to hear an appeal by The Co-operators, the

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Why adjusters are feeling squeezed during Cat response

June 3, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

As NatCats increase in frequency, getting adjusters to the scene of a claim has been “tougher than it’s been in years past.” Claims experts blame economic strain and inflationary pressures, as well as to the ongoing war for talent.  Following

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B.C. government urges people to prepare for possible flooding as weather warms

June 2, 2022 by The Canadian Press

TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Warming weather is causing rivers to rise in northern British Columbia, prompting the province to encourage people to prepare for possible flooding.   A joint statement from the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Management B.C. says

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Brokers want more consistency in overland flood policies

June 2, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Despite Manitoba being battered by flooding and severe weather since mid-April, many homeowners may find themselves without overland flood coverage, according to the CEO of the Insurance Brokers Association of Manitoba.   Following an “unseasonably cold spring,” significant snowmelt in

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Why insureds might need parametric coverage alongside conventional policies

June 1, 2022 by Megan Linkin

When Hurricane Ida made landfall on Aug. 29, 2021, a handful of parametric insurance policies in Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ portfolio were affected and potentially triggered. By Sept. 1, all relevant data for determining if the hurricane’s winds met policy-defined