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This storm preparation tip is a myth

September 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

As Newfoundland gets hit by the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon and Hurricane Florence threatens the Carolinas, brokers can make a difference in advising homeowners what not to do as nasty weather approaches. “In Canada, there are not many hurricane-type

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Insurers subsidize Toronto basement flood pilot

July 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A pilot program aimed at getting homeowners to reduce basement flood risk is getting a subsidy from the Insurance Bureau of Canada and Intact Centre for Climate Adaptation. The Toronto Home Resilience Program, which involves 200 homeowners, aims “help home

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Auto Use

November 1, 2017 Daniel Strigberger Partner; and Andrew Mercer, Associate; Samis + Company

For both auto and non-auto policies, parties sometimes disagree over whether or not property losses or personal injuries are, ultimately, caused by use or operation of a vehicle.

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Understanding of quake protective measures, insurance coverage faulty in Quebec: survey

October 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The lion’s share of polled Quebecers remain unprepared for an earthquake, with a mere 8% of respondents understanding the immediate protective measures that should be taken in the event of a quake, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports. The concerning

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Insured costs for Cyclones Debbie and Cook in New Zealand upgraded to NZ$109 million from NZ$84 million in June

August 28, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) has upgraded the insured costs associated with Cyclones Debbie and Cook to NZ$109 million from the NZ$84.4 million estimate in June. The two cyclones swept through New Zealand during April (Cyclone Debbie from

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Insurers should ensure consumers are ‘better able to understand’ home insurance policies: CCIR

August 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

In a paper released Wednesday, Canada’s insurance regulators’ association suggests that insurers need to better educate consumers so they can understand the terms – including limitations, exclusions and deductibles – of their property insurance contracts, while sharing aggregated property risk

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17% of secondary rental suites in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. considered illegal: Square One Insurance survey

August 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Seventeen per cent of rental suites in detached houses in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia are considered illegal, a new survey from Vancouver-based Square One Insurance Services Inc. has found. The study involved a survey of more than 5,500 homeowners

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Insured losses from Tropical Cyclone Debbie reach nearly AU$1 billion: Insurance Council of Australia

June 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insured losses from Tropical Cyclone Debbie have reached nearly AU$1 billion as of June 28, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) said on Thursday. As of June 28, insurers had received more than 58,000 claims stretching from North Queensland to

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High River finishes rebuilding but abandoned neighbourhood reminder of flood

June 19, 2017 Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HIGH RIVER, Alta. – Even as High River finishes rebuilding, an abandoned neighbourhood full of million-dollar homes is a stark reminder of devastating flooding four years ago. Floods in parts of southern Alberta in June 2013 caused billions of dollars

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Quebec homeowners face potential post-flooding woes: mosquitoes, critters, parasites

June 12, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Even as swollen rivers have receded in Quebec, some experts suggest historic flooding this year could mean critter and pest-related woes in months and years to come. For now, heavy water accumulation has created standing pools of water

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Q1 claims and claims expense ratio improved 5.6 points for Allstate

May 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

For the second year in a row, hail in Texas in March has cost The Allstate Corp. millions of dollars in claims and claims expenses. Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate released May 2 its financial results for the first three months of

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New FireSmart Home Development Guide targets Canadian wildfire resiliency

May 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

FireSmart Canada, in partnership with The Co-operators, has developed a new resource to help Canadian residents make their homes more resilient to wildfire. The FireSmart Home Development Guide, which will become part of the FireSmart Home Partners Program, outlines specific