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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

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Toronto mayor says masking bylaw possible if apartment buildings don’t comply

July 23, 2020 by Jake Kivanc - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Toronto Mayor John Tory said he’s prepared to extend the city’s mandatory masking order to shared spaces inside apartment and condominium buildings if management companies refuse to do it voluntarily. Current mandatory masking bylaws in cities such as Toronto apply

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What risks keep mining clients up at night?

July 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you have clients in the mining sector, chances are their biggest concerns are how much their customers will pay for their products and how easily they can raise investment capital. Commodity prices and access to capital placed first and

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How pandemic is making a common marine risk problem worse

July 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The pandemic is making it difficult for shipping companies to get spare parts and technical professionals aboard to perform essential maintenance and repair, a new report from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty suggests. For the insurance industry, the most common