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How Chuckegg Creek Wildfire could affect Canadian insurers

May 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The wildfire affecting northern Alberta is much larger than the one that devastated Slave Lake in 2011 but property losses seemed minimal on Thursday afternoon. “At this point we are hearing there are no major structures that have been lost,”

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Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

May 21, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HIGH LEVEL, Alta. – Fire officials say the winds continue to be favourable as crews battle a large wildfire burning a few kilometres from a northwestern Alberta town. Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First

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How province is responding to growing Alberta wildfire threat

May 17, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON –  The Alberta government has imposed a fire ban and restrictions on off-highway vehicle use in the northern half of the province. The government says the decision was made due to the growing threat of wildfires. The areas affected

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Intact ready to work with new Alberta government, likes Ontario budget

May 8, 2019 by Adam Malik

All signs point to positive for Intact when it comes to working with Alberta’s new government. Jason Kenney led the United Conservative Party to victory in April, returning a Conservative government to power after four years of rule by the

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Alberta election leaves IBC ‘cautiously hopeful’ on auto file

April 26, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Alberta brokers should touch base with the new provincial government and explain how auto insurance rules needs to change, suggests the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s CEO. “Our campaign for change moves into a new phase with the recent election of

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What Alberta is doing to reduce collision risk

March 6, 2019 Colette Derworiz - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Drivers using Google Maps are getting a last-minute warning as they approach some photo radar camera locations. The feature, which is currently being rolled out by Google, allows users to see speed limits, speed cameras and mobile speed

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Why your clients are increasingly exposed to wildfire losses

September 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Climate change has turned the risk of wildfire into a year-round peril in Western Canada, a geography expert says. In the past, wildfire season started in April or May and ended some time in October, said Dominic Ford, senior geospatial

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Why this brokerage is not looking to hire insurance experts

September 18, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

When Matt Alston hires workers for his property and casualty brokerage, he is not looking for a walking encyclopedia of insurance. At Surex Direct, personality “always trumps technical skills and accreditations,” said Alston, Surex Direct’s co-founder and chief operating officer.

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Where private auto insurance rates are rising the fastest in Canada

July 31, 2018 by Jason Contant

Ontario’s premium rates are rising the fastest among Canada’s private passenger auto insurance regimes, according to the Q2 2018 Auto Insurance Price Index from LowestRates.ca. A measure of only private passenger auto insurance regimes in Canada, the index from the

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Canada’s best province for flood risk management

June 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Five years after Albertans lost billions as a result of record floods, Ontario leads the nation when it comes to keeping properties out of high-risk areas, a catastrophe loss expert contends. “Ontario has been most aggressive at trying to make

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Judges divided on how claimants prove involvement of unknown vehicles

May 29, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Court of Appeal of Alberta has ruled that motorists who claim to be hit by unidentified vehicles must prove that there was “physical contact,” and produce some kind of corroborating evidence of the involvement of an unknown vehicle. The

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Southern Alberta community battles overland flooding again

April 19, 2018 The Canadian Press

SIKSIKA, Alta. – A First Nation east of Calgary is working on making roads passable as many rural areas of southern Alberta contend with overland flooding. “Road conditions are showing signs of minor improvement and crews have now begun the