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City in Quebec renews state of emergency for neighbourhood facing landslide threat

June 23, 2022 by The Canadian Press

SAGUENAY, Que. – Officials in the City of Saguenay, Que., have renewed a state of emergency for a neighbourhood under threat of another landslide. On Wednesday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault toured the area and met with residents, announcing the government

A landslide destroyed a house and forced evacuations in Saguenay, Que.
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Quebec extends state of emergency in Saguenay because of landslide threat

June 21, 2022 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Quebec is extending a state of emergency in a city north of Quebec City where a neighbourhood is threatened by landslides. Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault tweeted late Monday afternoon that she signed a decree allowing Saguenay to

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Quebec court approves $200.9M settlement against Desjardins over data breach

June 20, 2022 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – The Superior Court of Quebec has approved a nearly $200.9-million settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Desjardins over a data breach – the largest to date in the Canadian financial services sector. Siskinds Desmeules and Kugler Kandestin say

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Canada’s most-exposed flood regions

June 10, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Quebec has the highest historical average annual loss (AAL) for flood faced by any region across the country, at $861.3 million, but Yukon’s average annual loss per residential address (RA) stands at $925, well above Quebec’s $229 loss per residence.

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How the derecho impacted claims service levels

June 7, 2022 by Jason Contant

It’s only natural claims adjusting service levels will drop, given the large number of claims arising from the derecho that struck parts of Ontario and Quebec in May, says the president of the Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association (CIAA). “Things like

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Becoming better at planning for disasters

June 6, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

If the ongoing flooding in Manitoba and the Ontario/Quebec derecho storm of last month taught us anything, it’s that we must change how we think about natural disasters, argue the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction’s Glenn McGillivray, and PhD candidate Korey Pasch,

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Why this province’s approach to adjuster capacity needs to go national

June 6, 2022 by Jason Contant

The president of the Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association (CIAA) is hoping other provinces take note of how Ontario’s insurance regulator has approached adjuster capacity and licensing issues following the May 21 derecho that struck Ontario and Quebec. On May 31,

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Hot summer temperatures, big storms to sweep much of Canada, Weather Network predicts

May 31, 2022 by David Friend - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Seasonal or higher than normal temperatures across much of the country will offer Canadians a chance to enjoy the summer, but predictions from a prominent national forecaster warn the humidity could welcome a rather stormy few months. Chris

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Where the derecho falls among Canadian Cat events

May 30, 2022 by David Gambrill

Canada’s rare and deadly derecho last week seems likely to rank among the country’s Top 10 costliest insured catastrophes, Aon plc predicts. “In Canada, a rare derecho impacted densely populated metropolitan areas in Ontario and Quebec on May 21 that

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Emergency alerts when severe weather happens can be improved: Environment Minister

May 26, 2022 by Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Emergency weather alerts that are broadcast over the mobile network should be improved to make sure they are getting to the right people at the right time, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Wednesday. Guilbeault is in Germany for

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How to speed up claims response for NatCats

May 25, 2022 by Yasser Korany, Mario Delorme and Mazen Habash

Extreme weather events have become common, some bringing unprecedented levels of destruction to structures and facilities, overwhelming owners, property managers and insurers. In response, nearly all major insurers have created centralized Cat units dedicated to handling claims arising from extreme

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Was derecho storm damage caused by climate change?

May 25, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The Long Weekend derecho storm in Ontario and Quebec, which spawned a tornado in Uxbridge, Ont., and resulted in over 1,000 kilometers of damage, is “very difficult” to credit as a climate change event, even though the industry is seeing