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Making auto reform happen

May 16, 2019 by Adam Malik

Insurance reform is long overdue, says the head of a medical evaluation company. Don Kunkel, president of Ontario-based AssessMed, which operates in eight provinces, says previous efforts to reform auto insurance have produced results that have been less than desired.

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Making ICBC a co-op one option for B.C., competition must be part of any option selected: taxpayers federation

August 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The British Columbia government has options at its disposal to address auto insurance problems in the province – ranging from leaving the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC) to shuttering the insurer – but all should include reintroduction of competition, concludes a new report commissioned by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). CTF argues that “fast and furious changes” are needed in light of the “looming 30% hike to car insurance,” a figure noted in an Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y) report made public last month. Among its many observations, the…

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Maintaining wetlands could slash riverine flooding-related damage, local pilot project has national applicability: study

July 12, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Just leaving current wetlands in their natural state could cause riverine flooding-related flood damage to plummet as much as 38% and should provide the impetus for communities to view natural infrastructure as a climate adaptation solution, notes a study from

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New Zealand proposes shaking up earthquake commission scheme to smooth claims resolution

June 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New Zealand will continue to flesh out the details of proposed changes aimed at simplifying and improving the Earthquake Commission (EQC) scheme to help support more timely response to affected policyholders. Reforms to the Earthquake Commission Act seek to “simplify

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Legislation allowing alcohol testing of drivers without prior suspicion tabled on Parliament Hill

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

If legislation tabled last week is passed into law, Canadian police officers would be able to test any legally-stopped driver for alcohol impairment and the Criminal Code of Canada would be amended to clarify that police drug recognition experts could

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Alberta government provides $15M a year for FireSmart program, up from $3.8M last year

April 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta has announced it is providing $15 million a year for its FireSmart program, up from $3.8 million last year, to help communities boost their wildfire protection activities. FireSmart uses preventative measures to reduce wildfire threat to

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“New normal” may be emerging in global energy insurance markets: Willis Towers Watson

April 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The energy sector is still beset by some significant challenges, including low oil prices, but there may also be a “new normal” emerging in the global energy insurance market, according to global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson

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Saskatchewan government introduces act aimed at enhancing regulatory oversight of provincial pipelines

November 29, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Saskatchewan announced on Monday that it has introduced new legislation aimed at enhancing regulatory oversight of the province’s oil and gas industry. The government introduced The Pipelines Amendment Act in the Legislature, replacing The Pipelines Act, the

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Ontario to introduce legislation to establish new Financial Services Regulatory Authority

November 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario government has announced that it will introduce legislation to establish the initial parameters for the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), “a new independent and flexible regulator of financial services and pensions that, once established, would be more consumer-focused

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RIBO overhauls spot check program to include consideration of conduct requirements, expectations: Hitchlock

November 10, 2016 Angela Stelmakowich, Editor

The Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) has embarked on a major overhaul of its spot check program with the twin goals of promoting better consumer protection and improved broker risk management, says Norma Hitchlock, RIBO’s outgoing president. While the

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Government of Saskatchewan to introduce strengthened impaired driving legislation

November 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of Saskatchewan announced on Monday that it will add amendments to The Traffic Safety Act this fall to strengthen impaired driving legislation. This fall, the government will introduce the following amendments: Add a three-day vehicle seizure for experienced

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Ontario government to table home inspector licensing legislation

August 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Six months after a bill proposing to regulate home inspectors was tabled in the Ontario legislature, the provincial government said Wednesday it plans to “introduce legislation this fall that would, if passed, regulate the province’s home inspection industry.” Bill 165,