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Intact’s Brindamour: Why the hard market could last for up to two more years

August 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A hard market in reinsurance is among three main reasons why primary insurance rates will continue to rise for brokers’ clients for at least another year or two, Intact Financial Corp. CEO Charles Brindamour suggests. In a recent virtual fireside

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Why it’s hard to make telematics ‘commercially viable’ in Canada

August 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If regulators continue to prohibit auto insurers from imposing surcharges when they detect risky driving behaviour through telematics, it will be difficult for usage-based insurance to be commercially viable, an Aviva Canada data science expert suggests. “Telematics is a good

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Why regulation holds auto insurers back from using advanced modelling

August 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Auto insurers could potentially use artificial intelligence to improve risk segmentation but some of the newer modelling techniques may not be a good fit with the way rates are currently regulated, a data science expert for one insurer suggests. Ontario’s

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New 250 person public gathering limit fairly low risk: Quebec health official

August 4, 2020 by Morgan Lowrie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – The decision to allow public gatherings of up to 250 people comes with a relatively low risk of COVID-19 transmission compared to other riskier social activities, Quebec’s public health director said Monday. Dr. Horacio Arruda said there weren’t

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Who’s getting funding for new research in wildfire prediction, responses

July 31, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A university located in the heart of one of British Columbia’s most volatile forest fire regions will lead new research in wildfire prediction, prevention and response. Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was chosen for the research that

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Canada’s arts and recreation businesses face greatest risk of closure: CFIB

July 30, 2020 by David Friend - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Canada’s struggling independent businesses in the arts, entertainment and recreational sectors are at the highest risk of permanently closing due to COVID-19, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. A new report released by the advocacy group

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New boiler inspection rules coming to Ontario agriculture

July 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An exemption from inspection rules for boilers and pressure vessels in Ontario’s agricultural sector is coming to an end. Starting next year, boilers and pressure vessels will have to get a certificate of inspection from the province’s Technical Standards and

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Why Travelers is confident it does not have to cover many COVID-19 business interruption losses

July 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Travelers Companies Inc. will have to spend money defending itself in business interruption coverage lawsuits arising from the pandemic, but officials with the New York City-based insurer do not expect it will actually have to pay out on many

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Insurer working on future pandemic coverage for school boards, post-COVID

July 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the Ontario government prepares its school re-opening plan, the insurer for the majority of the province’s boards is working on a plan to provide pandemic coverage, albeit for future pandemics and not for COVID-19. Within the next six to

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Why it’s difficult for insurers to forecast future COVID-related losses

July 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial insured losses caused by the ongoing pandemic cost The Travelers Companies Inc. more than $100 million during the three months ending June 30, but it’s difficult to predict how much more it will cost the insurer in the long

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Edmonton man recalls comforting victims of fatal bus rollover

July 24, 2020 by Lauren Krugel -  THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ahad Saheem and his friend were taking pictures and drinking cold, clean water from the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park when they heard a loud noise behind them. A red-and-white sightseeing bus with giant tires, just like the one

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Northbridge’s advice to restaurants upon re-opening

July 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As restaurants in much of Ontario re-open July 24, a major commercial insurer is warning companies to train their staff carefully. “Servers should bring items such as glasses, cutlery, and single-serve condiments to the table only after the party is