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A fire in Old Montreal that gutted a heritage building.
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Questions raised about safety of Old Montreal building destroyed by fatal fire

March 27, 2023 by Morgan Lowrie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – More than a week after a fatal fire tore through a building in Old Montreal, accounts from former tenants and victims of the blaze are raising questions about the safety of the heritage property. Five bodies had been

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Want lower liability exposure for athletes? Don’t play sports in B.C.

March 21, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

A recent Supreme Court of British Columbia case points to the difference between the standard of care for sports negligence claims in B.C. compared to the rest of Canada.   In Miller v. Cox, the court found that a recreational soccer

Ice melting and combining with rum.
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Two companies, one shareholder, only one named insured. What happens next?

March 14, 2023 by David Gambrill

A man who is the sole shareholder of two companies — one that owns a title deed to a building (and the only named insured on the policy), and one a commercial tenant of that same building — has an

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New earthquake model considers eastern Canada risk

March 9, 2023 by Jason Contant

Aon plc has launched a new earthquake model for Canada, one that takes into account the well-known risk in western provinces but also the lesser-known risk in eastern Canada. The model is based on the latest scientific research from Natural

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Westland acquires brokerages in two provinces

February 15, 2023 by Jason Contant

Westland Insurance continues its expansion across Canada with acquisition of Quebec-based Niche Assurance Inc. and Saskatchewan-based Heritage Insurance, effective Feb. 1. The latest acquisitions come a month after industry veteran Doug Morrow joined Westland as its new vice president of

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Five charged after Edmonton police recover stolen vehicles bound for export

February 14, 2023 by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Police in Edmonton say five men face charges in an auto theft ring where high-end trucks and SUVs were allegedly stolen for export overseas. Investigators began looking into a series of 14 auto thefts in late November of

A crushed vehicle from a fallen tree following a tornado in Tweed, Ont. on July 25, 2022.
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Is Canada seeing more tornadoes every year?

February 14, 2023 by Jason Contant

Canada saw 117 recorded tornadoes across the country during the 2022 season, tying 2021 for the highest-ever single season on record, according to the Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP). As with 2021, 29 of the tornadoes reached up to EF2 on

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Quebec brokers build aggregator to benefit the broker channel

February 10, 2023 by David Gambrill

Quebec’s broker association has built a new online quote aggregator system by brokers for brokers. “Some insurance companies would call it an aggregator, but I would say it’s more like an online rocket,” said Mathieu Brunet, vice president of MP2B

Earthquake in central Montreal
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What’s the best way to increase earthquake insurance take-up in Quebec?

February 8, 2023 by Jason Contant

The best way to get consumers to buy earthquake insurance in provinces like Quebec is to find a balance between highlighting the benefits of early intervention and not making the narrative too scary, a research social scientist told delegates at

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What’s next for Wawanesa after senior executive shuffle?

January 30, 2023 by Jason Contant

As Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company changes its leadership structure with the appointment of three industry professionals to more senior leadership roles, industry veteran Carol Jardine — currently the insurer’s president of Canadian P&C operations — is also set to retire

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Wawanesa appoints two industry veterans to new leadership roles

January 26, 2023 by Jason Contant

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company has changed the leadership structure of its Canadian operations with the appointment of industry professionals Anna McCrindell and Graham Haigh to senior vice president and chief operating officer roles. As SVP & COO – East, McCrindell

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How Canada’s insured cat losses stack up globally

January 25, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Severe weather made 2022 the third costliest year on record for Canadian insurers, and the fifth costliest year globally, said a report this week from Aon.  These events point to a severe gap in insurance protection in some parts of