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U.K.-based firm buys two Canada brokerages

September 12, 2023 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

Looks as if the summer 2023 P&C brokerage merger train will keep on rolling into the fall. Specialist insurance and reinsurance broker BMS Group has acquired Canada-based insurance brokers, Smith & Reid Insurance Brokers Ltd. and O’Neil Insurance. Smith &

Forest fire at night in the Okanagan
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B.C. wildfires continue to burn through September

September 12, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The latest evacuation order issued due to a wildfire in British Columbia covers a rural area north of Prince George in a region straddling the boundaries of two regional governments. The regional districts of Fraser-Fort George and Bulkley-Nechako

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Brokerage merger to form Top 10 P&C firm

September 11, 2023 by Jason Contant

Quebec brokerages Fort Assurances and Gaudreau Assurances have merged to form what the two companies call one of the Top 10 damage insurance firms in the province. The new entity, which will operate under the name Fort Insurance & Group

A gas station destroyed by the Bush Creek East wildfire in Squilax, B.C.
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B.C. sets up climate emergency task force amid wildfire crisis

September 11, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – British Columbia Premier David Eby says he’s launching an expert task force into wildfires, drought and heat emergencies that have hammered the province. Eby, who’s in the B.C. Interior touring wildfire zones, says the province is still focused

Flooding in Nova Scotia in July 2023
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Government won’t commit to buying out homes ravaged by recent N.S. flooding

September 8, 2023 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s housing minister says any request for the province to buy homes damaged in a Halifax suburb in flooding last July would have to come from the municipality. John Lohr says while he’s not prepared to say

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How potholes lead to serious brain injuries for e-scooter riders

September 8, 2023 by Brittany Sinclair, B.Sc., P.Eng. 30 Forensic Engineering

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on the biomechanics of rider falls from e-scooters. Part 1 appeared Aug. 25.   Road safety is directly linked to maintenance standards. In Ottawa, the city’s recommended maintenance quality standard

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Westland, Hub’s latest P&C acquisitions

September 8, 2023 by Jason Contant

Westland Insurance Group and Hub International Ltd. have added to their property and casualty insurance offerings through recent M&A activity.  Westland Insurance acquired Saskatchewan personal and commercial lines brokerage Insurance Matters Inc., while Hub International acquired Ontario-based cannabis insurance brokerage

The McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna, B.C.
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Feds predict parts of Canada could see wildfires through winter

September 7, 2023 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The latest federal government forecast says Canada’s already unprecedented 2023 wildfire season could continue late into the fall or winter.   Energy and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says there is potential for increased wildland fire activity from eastern

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Adjusters provide update on B.C., N.W.T. wildfires

September 6, 2023 by Jason Contant

Wildfires in British Columbia and Northwest Territories continue to present a mixed bag of claims for P&C adjusters. Claims adjusters are seeing a variety of both residential and commercial losses. “Major loss, total losses and less severe claims as well,”

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Fire activity expected to kick up in N.W.T., Mounties warn against re-entering

September 1, 2023 by The Canadian Press

YELLOWKNIFE – Fire activity along a key Northwest Territories highway is expected to kick up in the coming days, while Mounties say they’ll stop a potentially large group from trying to re-enter when an evacuation order is still in effect.

The McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna, B.C.
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Wildfire threat in B.C. continues as winds pick up during stormy weather

August 31, 2023 by The Canadian Press

Several major wildfires continue to burn out-of-control in British Columbia’s Interior, where forecasted rain had been hoped to dampen blazes in parts of the Central Okanagan and the Shuswap. But Environment Canada data shows neither Kelowna’s airport nor Salmon Arm

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N.W.T. extends wildfire state of emergency

August 30, 2023 by The Canadian Press

YELLOWKNIFE – A state of emergency in the Northwest Territories has been extended until Sept. 11. The territorial government declared it on Aug. 15 as wildfires threatened several communities, including the capital, Yellowknife. The move was meant to allow the