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Wildfire risk is elevated this year. Why the pandemic made it worse

August 7, 2020 by Adam Malik

The central and Pacific coast of British Columbia could see an increased risk of wildfires this year, a new report predicts. And COVID-19 restrictions could make the risk higher, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty warned in its 2020 Wildfire Report,

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Isaias downgraded from tropical storm as it blows through Quebec

August 5, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Environment Canada says Isaias has been downgraded from a tropical storm, but tens of thousands of people across southern Quebec are still in the dark due to power outages it caused. The agency says maximum sustained winds now

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How high cat losses could go this year

August 4, 2020 by Adam Malik

Alberta has become the epicentre for cat losses this year as combined insured damage could reach, if not exceed, $2 billion in the province alone after multiple natural catastrophes have hit various regions over a four-month span. The calculations come

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Tropical storm Isaias expected to bring heavy rain, wind gusts to eastern Canada

August 4, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A tropical storm that has lashed parts of the eastern United States should be diminished in strength by the time it reaches eastern Canada, the Canadian Hurricane Centre says. Centre forecaster Chris Fogarty said that Isaias was on

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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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How B.C. adjusters are preparing for major earthquake

July 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When the next huge earthquake hits British Columbia, some independent adjusting firms may temporarily re-locate offices inland, perhaps even as far east as Alberta. Kernaghan Adjusters is aiming to be “up and running fairly quickly if we get into an

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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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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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Separate quakes hit off B.C. and Alaska, but cause no damage, tsunami

July 22, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A moderate earthquake has occurred off northwest Vancouver Island but emergency officials in British Columbia say it has not produced a tsunami. Earthquakes Canada says the magnitude 5.4 quake struck at 4:33 a.m. and was centred 285 kilometres

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Storm causes damage but Edmonton Oilers arena structurally sound: mayor

July 17, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

Edmonton’s mayor says a preliminary assessment shows storm damage to Rogers Place is not structural and the arena will be able to hold upcoming National Hockey League games. Don Iveson says photos of Thursday night’s flooding and damage to the

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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