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Lithium-ion batteries are proving to be serious fire hazards
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Lithium-ion batteries leading to deadly fires – and lawsuits

February 5, 2024 Philip Porado

Canadian property and casualty insurers may need to review their exposure to e-scooter claims, based on fresh claims emerging in the courts. A Vancouver woman is suing several makers of e-bikes and e-scooters following an apartment fire in 2022 in

Insurance losses going down the drain
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How insurers can manage losses as NatCat events ramp up

December 18, 2023 Philip Porado

Whatever’s driving increasingly devastating storms over the past decade, one thing is certain — insurers have watched NatCat losses ramp up over the past decade. “It used to be an unusual year where you’d have more than a billion dollars

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How Canada’s fire departments are responding to COVID-19

March 20, 2020 Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Vancouver’s fire department is preparing to stop responding to the site of non-critical medical calls to preserve its ability to respond to major fires and other emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fire Chief Darrell Reid told a news conference this

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One simple way to reduce the severity of barn fires

March 4, 2019 by Jason Contant

Enhancing building codes to include early detection systems could help generate a faster response in the case of farm fires, said Ken Worsley, who leads Cowan Insurance Group’s national agri-commercial industry practice. Early response systems include things like heat, fire

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Multiple fires burn through downtown Brandon, Manitoba

May 22, 2018 The Canadian Press

BRANDON, Man. – A blaze that Premier Brian Pallister called “massive” has burned through several buildings in downtown Brandon, Man., including one with dozens of apartments managed by community groups. “It’s just devastating. We’re thinking of all the families that

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Fires force evacuations in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan

October 18, 2017 Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Residents in the Crowsnest Pass are still without power after a wind-whipped fire that forced about 150 people living in the town of Coleman from their homes. The blaze in the Alberta mountain community was one of several driven by

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Shipping losses continue to decline but “perfect storm” of regulation, cost savings and cybersecurity looms: AGCS

June 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Large shipping losses have declined by 50% over the past decade, but a “perfect storm” of regulation, cost savings and cybersecurity looms, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) fifth annual Safety and Shipping Review 2017. The report, released

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Storms pummel central U.S., as tornadoes kill at least two

May 17, 2017 The Associated Press (APR)

ELK CITY, Okla. – Storms whipped through a wide swath of the central U.S., forming tornadoes that flattened a Wisconsin mobile home park and an Oklahoma subdivision and killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others. The storms