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Probe points to discarded smoking materials as likely cause of B.C. apartment building fire

February 24, 2021 The Canadian Press

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Improperly discarded smoking materials likely played a part in a recent fire in an Abbotsford, B.C., apartment building that left more than 100 people homeless. Assistant chief Ron Hull, with Abbotsford Fire Rescue Services, says the extent

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Four dead, several injured in three-alarm house fire in Toronto’s east end 

January 29, 2021 Liam Casey and John Chidley-Hill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Four people were killed and several others were injured after flames ripped through an east-end Toronto home early Friday.   Toronto’s fire service said six people were taken from the home and two were in hospital.   Deborah Bies, who

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Nighttime fire in western P.E.I. seniors home forces evacuation

January 19, 2021 The Canadian Press

WELLINGTON, P.E.I. – A fire inside a seniors home in western P.E.I. forced 47 residents from the building on Monday night, but there were no reports of serious injuries. Desmond Arsenault, spokesman for the Wellington Fire Department, says soon after

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Fire aboard shrimp trawler off Newfoundland started in sauna: investigation report

November 12, 2020 The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Transportation Safety Board says a fire in January aboard a large factory-freezer trawler started in the ship’s sauna as the vessel was catching and processing shrimp off the coast of Newfoundland. The independent agency, in

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House fire in small Newfoundland town spreads to other buildings

October 7, 2020 The Canadian Press

HEATHERTON, N.L. – A number of buildings are on fire in the small town of Heatherton, N.L. Muriel Brown works at the local Home Hardware store and says all she sees is smoke and flames when she steps out of

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Aon exec urges the industry to ‘try to do better’ at offering basic coverages

September 22, 2020 by Adam Malik

The property and casualty insurance industry needs to to a better job of ensuring that basic coverages — such as protection from water and fire — are available to clients and that there isn’t a protection gap, said Matt Wolfe,

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Flames rip through waterfront park in New Westminster, B.C.

September 14, 2020 The Canadian Press

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A waterfront park along the Fraser River in New Westminster, B.C., has been extensively damaged by a major fire. New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote called the situation at Pier Park “devastating” in a social media message

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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