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Why insured losses from Barrie twister may be higher than you think

July 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The number of Barrie, Ont. clients whose homes are damaged beyond repair by Thursday’s tornado may be more than initially reported, an industry expert predicted Friday. The tornado touched down at about 2:30 p.m. July 15, the Canadian Press reported.

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Wildfire in Lytton, B.C. a ‘wake-up call’ to take precautions: safety board

July 15, 2021 by Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A wildfire in Lytton, B.C., during historically high temperatures points to a serious need to prevent similar occurrences, says the chairwoman of the Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the possibility that a freight train could have been linked to

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Saskatchewan crews ‘fully engaged’ fighting more than 100 wildfires

July 14, 2021 by The Canadian Press

Provincial fire crews in Saskatchewan are now fighting more than 100 wildfires in the province. The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency says hot, dry weather forecast for the rest of the week, along with scattered storms producing lightning, is going to

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First Nations seek emergency declaration from province over northern Ontario wildfires

July 13, 2021 by The Canadian Press

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – An organization representing 49 First Nations in northern Ontario is urging the province to declare a state of emergency over wildfires that it says are threatening several remote communities. The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says the declaration

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Former Aviva Canada VP now CEO of TD Insurance

July 7, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

James Russell, a former senior executive with The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and Aviva Canada, is now leading The Toronto-Dominion Bank’s property and casualty insurers. Russell’s appointment results from a re-assignment of several TD senior managers. Russell has

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Why your clients’ basements will probably leak eventually

July 7, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Homeowner clients are battling the elements just by living below the ground floor, and so they will need to act quickly if they notice water pooling in their basement, a building supply vendor suggests. “Creating a comfortable living space in

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How this brokerage pivoted to forge community ties online

July 6, 2021 by Adam Malik

When a global pandemic shut down in-person events, one brokerage created a new communications strategy to reach people where much of the world shifted — online. For Antigonish, N.S.-based brokerage AA Munro Insurance, it was important to tell their clients,

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Lightning sparks new fires as thunderstorms add to danger in B.C.’s Interior

July 6, 2021 by The Canadian Press

LYTTON, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says 212 wildfires are burning in British Columbia as lightning storms swept over several areas of the province. The wildfire service website shows more than three dozen small fires have been sparked across

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Northwest Territories government to pay repair costs from spring flooding

June 30, 2021 by The Canadian Press

YELLOWKNIFE – The government of the Northwest Territories says it will cover the cost to repair or replace homes damaged by spring flooding. The government says 70 homes were affected in Fort Simpson, 16 to 18 in Jean Marie River

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Evacuation alerts issued for areas near two out-of-control wildfires in B.C. Interior

June 30, 2021 by The Canadian Press

The B.C. Wildfire Service is dealing with two out-of-control blazes in the Interior that have prompted evacuation alerts. The McKay Creek fire was discovered Tuesday burning about 23 kilometres north of Lillooet, and has grown to approximately 50 square kilometres

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Home renovations during COVID: What your clients need to know

June 29, 2021 by Jason Contant

With more of your clients staying home during the pandemic, more are renovating their homes. And that means your clients need to make sure that they have the right insurance coverage in place, and that the renovations are properly reflected

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Tornado touchdown causes damage in midwestern Ontario

June 28, 2021 by The Canadian Press

Environment Canada says that at least one tornado touched down late Saturday afternoon in midwestern Ontario. Agency meteorologist Brian Owsiak says that reports from the ground, as well as radar signatures, confirmed that a twister hit just east of Chatsworth,