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Why home fire risk has increased in Ontario

May 5, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario’s fire marshal says there’s been an increase in fire deaths this year as COVID-19 measures force many people to stay home and do more home cooking. Jon Pegg says there have been 51 fire fatalities between Jan. 1 and

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Why the court upheld Intact’s enforcement of a 2-year deadline to rebuild

February 20, 2020 by David Gambrill

A company that had its commercial building destroyed in a 2011 fire is not entitled to a $3-million payment from Intact Insurance to replace the building, because the company did not rebuild within the two-year time limit specified in a

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Ottawa eases speed restrictions imposed after Saskatchewan derailment

February 18, 2020 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Transport Minister Marc Garneau is easing speed restrictions placed on certain trains following a derailment in Saskatchewan earlier this month that spilled 1.2 million litres of crude oil and started a massive fire. Garneau says the move is

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Commercial clients should do this before they leave for the day

January 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Are your clients checking the bathrooms before they leave work for the day? “The last thing you want is to leave someone with access to your property after the doors have been locked,” Northbridge Insurance noted in Closing time: Making

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Unfinished business

January 5, 2020 By Kevin Shipley, Partner, XCG Consulting Limited

Why a winter construction fire should give underwriters pause before covering the risk of unfinished buildings

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Crews still battling fire from Saskatchewan train derailment

December 11, 2019 The Canadian Press

LANIGAN, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s public safety agency says crews are working in frigid temperatures as they continue to battle a fire that started when a freight train carrying crude oil derailed. The province says crews are taking precautions as Environment

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Why this $3-million subrogated fire claim against corporate tenant failed

December 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled against an insurer in finding the parent company of a restaurant intentionally set on fire is not liable. In Austeville Properties Ltd. v. Josan, a ruling in a subrogated $3-million claim released

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Train derailment sparks fire that closes highway

December 9, 2019 The Canadian Press

LANIGAN, Canada – A Canadian Pacific freight train hauling crude derailed overnight sparking a fire that forced the closure of part of a major highway south of Humboldt, Sask. A release issued by the RCMP said traffic on Highway 16

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Thousands displaced by this apartment fire won’t go home this year

November 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than 1,000 residents displaced by a major electrical fire in 2018 will not be moving back into their apartment building this year. A fire broke out Aug. 21, 2018 in the electrical room of 650 Parliament Street, a high-rise

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The burning question: where is Canada’s national wildfire plan?

October 1, 2019 by Adam Malik

Enough talk about wildfire risk has taken place, says Zurich Canada’s risk boss. Now there needs to be real action around building a national strategy on wildfires. It’s been three years since the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta., for which

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Multiple homes evacuated after Winnipeg fire destroys warehouse

July 22, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – A central Winnipeg warehouse that covers a full city block has been destroyed by an overnight fire. Emergency officials say the flames had spread through a large part of the building by the time crews arrived shortly before

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Extensive fire damage to 29-unit PEI apartment building

July 18, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

CHARLOTTETOWN – A pre-dawn fire has extensively damaged a three-storey apartment building in downtown Charlottetown displacing more than 50 people. The Canadian Red Cross says most of the tenants in the 29-unit complex on 10 Harley Street are seniors. The