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Dispute erupts between Quebec and Ottawa over personal cultivation of pot plants

February 9, 2018 The Canadian Press

QUEBEC – Ottawa’s plan to legalize marijuana is causing a rift with Quebec over how many plants are allowed to be grown at home. The federal government’s bill allows Canadians to cultivate up to four pot plants, while Quebec doesn’t

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B.C. and federal governments assessing impact of wildfires on province’s agriculture sector

August 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The governments of British Columbia and Canada have announced that they are working under the federal-provincial AgriRecovery disaster framework to determine the type of assistance that may be required by the province’s agriculture sector to recover from the impact of wildfires. The announcement was made on Wednesday following the first meeting between Lawrence MacAulay, the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham.

Government officials are working together to quickly assess the “extraordinary costs” farmers are incurring and what additional assistance may be required to recover and return to production following the wildfires, noted a joint statement from B.C.’s Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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With marijuana legalization impending, now is not the time to lower the legal alcohol limit, CAA-Quebec argues

August 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government’s proposal to explore lowering the legal alcohol limit for drivers in a bid to improve road safety is “commendable,” but with cannabis due to be legalized in less than a year, now is not the right time

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Proposed new pilot rest regulations published for public comment until Sept. 29

July 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s aviation regulator is proposing new regulations that would reduce the maximum number of hours that pilots would be allowed to be on flight duty and mandate a “holistic risk management approach” in some cases, to addressing the problem of

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Auto, cargo theft funding terrorist activity: Insurance Analytics Canada Summit speaker

July 4, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

The proceeds of cargo theft and auto theft are in some cases funding terrorist activity, while accident benefits fraud in Ontario continues to be a problem, an Insurance Bureau of Canada speaker suggested to attendees at the Insurance Analytics Canada

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IBC applauds Toronto port lands flood protection funding

June 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Investments in flood mitigation will help make Toronto’s under-used Port Lands safer for mixed-use development, Insurance Bureau of Canada suggested Thursday in reaction to a June 28 announcement that the federal and provincial governments will contribute $1.185-billion towards a project

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Bill eliminating federal tax exemption for farming and fishing insurers passed into law

June 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government passed Thursday a law eliminating the tax exemption for insurers covering farming and fishing properties. Bill C-44 is omnibus legislation that implements, among other things, some provisions of the federal budget 2017-18, tabled March 22. In addition

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More use of aircraft voice and data recorders would ‘help identify hazards:’ TSB chair

June 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is calling on the federal government to make cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders mandatory on more aircraft and to allow use of the data in safety management systems. “In Canada, only multi-engine,

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TSB calls for ‘explicit risk management processes’ for commercial passenger vessel operators

June 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada reiterated Wednesday a 13-year-old recommendation that the federal government mandate safety management systems for small passenger enterprises. TSB released Wednesday an investigation report into the fatal capsizing Oct. 25, 2015 of the Leviathan II

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Government of Alberta invests in debris dam to protect homes, businesses and infrastructure in Canmore

May 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta announced on Friday that it is investing an additional $10.3 million to protect homes, businesses and infrastructure in Canmore. The money represents the final funding towards a $48.6-million debris dam at Cougar Creek and is part

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Canadians want more regulatory review of emerging technologies: Accenture

May 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadians prioritize regulatory reviews of drones, autonomous vehicles and online user agreements above those of other emerging technologies, according to new research from global professional services company Accenture. For the research, an Ipsos I-Say panel interviewed a sample of 1,003

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Criminal Code changes proposing mandatory alcohol screening of drivers tabled for second reading

May 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government is aiming to remove the “bolus drinking” loophole with amendments to the Criminal Code provisions on impaired driving, Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould suggested Friday on Parliament Hill. If Bill C-46 is passed into law, Canadian