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Ontario adds $20.5 million in funding to fight wildfires, including for training and drones

October 12, 2023 The Canadian Press

TIMMINS, Ont. – Ontario’s natural resources and forestry minister says the government will spend an additional $20.5 million over three years to help fight wildfires. Graydon Smith, making an announcement in Timmins, Ont., says this recent fire season has been

A forest fire burning in B.C.'s Okanagan Valley
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Drones tackle Okanagan blaze as cool weather helps bring B.C. wildfires under control

August 11, 2022 by Jason Contant

PENTICTON – Drones are helping map hot spots in a wildfire burning in British Columbia’s Okanagan region as cooler conditions helped firefighters elsewhere in the province bring blazes under control. Crews were making progress on several wildfires Wednesday, including a

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Eyes in the sky: coverage for drone usage

September 21, 2021 Brooke Smith

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — known commonly as drones — were originally a tool solely for the military. Now they’re used regularly for civilian purposes such as photography, monitoring traffic and fighting fires, said Janarthan Sivarajah, senior new business manager,

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Flying high: Drone use in insurance

September 16, 2021 Brooke Smith

By 2022, 2.85 million small drones will be flying the friendly skies, according to projections by the Federal Aviation Administration. Our numbers are nowhere near as high. According to Transport Canada, as of Aug. 31, 63,200 drones were registered in

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Up in the Air

April 8, 2018 Sean Tindale, Lawyer, Partner, Hughes Amys LLP

Your client’s liability for negligent drone use is a gray area. Here’s what insurers should consider when assessing the civil liability of drone operators.

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Drone collisions on radar of risk managers

February 15, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A recent collision between a passenger plane and a drone has prompted Canada’s airplane accident investigation agency to warn of the risk of flying drones near airports. “The use of drones near an aerodrome or within controlled airspace poses a

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When drone damage could trigger a home insurance claim

February 8, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

When consumers fly unmanned aerial vehicles as a hobby, will their home insurance policies cover them for any lawsuits arising from property damage or personal injury caused by the drones? For the most part, aircraft is excluded in the wording

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How lawsuits arising from stolen vehicles could affect drone claims

February 7, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Liability risk for operators of unmanned aerial vehicles (commonly known as drones) will be affected by past court rulings concerning parked vehicles, a lawyer suggested Tuesday during a claims conference. And based on precedents set in the vehicle cases, it

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Catastrophe event? Where’s the company drone?

January 12, 2018 by David Gambrill

Using drone technology to process high volumes of claims during catastrophe events is one of several ways the claims process may become automated in the future, RSA Canada reports. “Drone-type technology (satellite and remote camera technologies) will enable us to

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Insurtech startup releases commercial drone package for property insurance inspections and claims

November 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurtech startup Betterview, a service provider for capturing and analyzing data from drones, has announced a commercial drone inspection package for insurers. The pre-assembled package, which is available in Canada, includes a DJI drone, software and training to “provide and

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Plane suffered minor damage after hitting drone near Quebec City

October 17, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

QUEBEC – A collision between a commercial aircraft and a drone near Quebec City’s airport last week highlights the potential danger posed by unmanned aerial vehicles, authorities and aircraft experts said Sunday. Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he was “extremely

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Global drone-powered solutions market for power and utilities worth as much as US$9.46 billion a year: PwC

October 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global market in drone-powered solutions for the power and utilities industries is worth as much as US$9.46 billion a year, PwC estimated in a new report. Clarity from above: Leveraging drone technologies to secure utilities systems, released on Thursday,