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How auto insurers are promoting National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Teenagers are 3.1 times more likely to follow too closely than drivers older than 45, Manitoba’s auto insurer is warning. Teens are also 3.6 times more likely to lose control or drive off the road than drivers aged 45 and

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Switching your client’s carrier? Don’t forget to tell the client

October 19, 2020 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba broker received a $250 fine recently for failing to advise a client that his policy had been moved to a different insurer until two weeks after the policy had expired. In its decision, the Insurance Council of Manitoba

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How you can cut down time spent searching underwriting manuals

October 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some brokerage staff members could be spending hours each day just searching for information in their carriers’ underwriting manuals – time that could be put to better use, the head of a technology vendor suggests. Some of the longest underwriting

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Westland Insurance reveals its M&A strategy for the future

September 14, 2020 by Jason Contant

Fresh from closing four acquisitions in western Canada, large brokerage Westland Insurance Group plans to continue exploring opportunities in the west, as well as consider deals that would move the brokerage in a more easterly direction. Westland announced on Sept.

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Province offers money for areas hit by spring and summer flooding

September 11, 2020 by The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government says it will be offering Disaster Financial Assistance to three areas hit by flooding in the spring and summer.   Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler says eligible costs from high water during spring flooding along the

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Brokerage M&A activity surges amid pandemic

September 3, 2020 by Jason Contant

Brokerage consolidation has exploded, with at least six acquisitions announced across Canada in the past week. Most recently, large brokerage Westland Insurance Group  announced Wednesday the closing of four deals, adding new retail offices in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba.

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Insurers adding pandemic exclusions in commercial policies that go beyond just BI

September 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Many insurers that did not start adding pandemic exclusions this past July may have to do so in January, a Winnipeg-based executive with commercial brokerage Gallagher reports. “The majority of insurers – or all insurers – are adding specific wording

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Auto insurer sees severe accidents spike on pandemic’s open roads

September 1, 2020 by Jason Contant

This year so far is on track to be the worst year in a decade for serious/catastrophic injuries, government auto insurer Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) reported Friday.  While traffic volumes still remain relatively low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many

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Personal info of kids with disabilities accidentally shared: Manitoba government

August 28, 2020 by The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government says human error resulted in the personal information of 9,000 children with disabilities being unintentionally shared. The province says the breach occurred on Wednesday when staff from Children’s Disability Services sent an email intended for

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Survivor recalls deadly Manitoba tornado hitting Jeep

August 24, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VIRDEN, Man. – James Blacksmith closes his eyes and goes back to the moment he saw a pine tree viciously uprooted from the earth and topple onto his Jeep’s roof. Within seconds, the windows burst from the force of a

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Community mourns Manitoba teens killed by tornado

August 10, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MELITA, Man. – The mayor of a small southwestern Manitoba town says everyone in the community is devastated after a tornado killed two well-liked teens. Bill Holden says residents in Melita are feeling profound grief since Shayna Barnesky and Carter

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Balancing Act

August 8, 2020 by CIP Society

What happens when an agreement is breached due to COVID-19? Experts share their thoughts