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What stops this insurer from measuring effectiveness of winter tires

October 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than half a million Manitoba motorists are taking advantage of a winter tire financing program, but the jury is still out on whether the program has reduced accident frequency or severity. There are about 580,000 registered passenger vehicles in

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Power fully restored two weeks after major snowstorm, cleanup continues

October 25, 2019 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Electricity is back on in all communities that lost power two weeks ago, when Manitoba was hit by a major snowstorm that brought down power poles and transmission towers. Manitoba Hydro says crews have replaced more than 4,000

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How online policy administration could put brokers at risk

October 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

When clients want to make policy changes online, brokers have a vested interest in being in the loop, suggests a consultant who advises insurance companies. More customers these days are expecting their insurance providers to give them the same kind

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Thousands of homes and businesses still without power one week after storm

October 18, 2019  Steve Lambert - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – More Manitoba residents saw their electricity restored Thursday – one week after a major snowstorm brought down power poles and transmission towers and delivered another wallop to farmers. Manitoba Hydro said some 6,500 homes and businesses remained without

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What claims adjusters are seeing from the Manitoba storm

October 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

An “unprecedented” snowstorm that resulted in a provincial state of emergency in Manitoba and left more than 100,000 hydro customers without power does not seem to be a significant event so far from a claims perspective. In the past week,

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Early winter weather cripples southern Manitoba

October 11, 2019 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – A first, early blast of windy, winter-like weather has knocked out power and made travel nearly impossible in many parts of southern Manitoba. Heavy, wet snow started Thursday and is expected to last into the Thanksgiving weekend, making

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Manitoba farm fire kills 800 cows

August 12, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

STEINBACH, Man. – Hundreds of cattle have been killed in a fire that destroyed a large dairy complex in southeastern Manitoba. The fire broke out sometime before 5 a.m. Monday at the four-barn Pennwood Dairy, northeast of Steinbach. Kelvin Toews,

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Owner of deliberately burned Manitoba store ordered to repay

April 12, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – A judge has ruled a fire that destroyed a hardware store in the western Manitoba town of Neepawa more than four years ago was deliberately set. The decision follows a lawsuit filed by the owner of the Home

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Manitoba’s flood fears ease a bit with dry weather

March 27, 2019 Steve Lambert - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Dry weather and a slow melt so far have somewhat eased the flood potential in Manitoba, although it will be a few more weeks until the threat passes. The provincial government says with average to unfavourable weather, the

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Manitoba flooding could be worse than 2009

March 19, 2019 Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Heavy snowfall in the United States has raised the threat of flooding in Manitoba’s Red River Valley this spring. The Manitoba government says conditions have worsened since its first flood outlook last month. The province says, with average

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How railway is dealing with Manitoba oil spill

February 22, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

LAZARE, Man. – CN is still tallying up the amount of oil spilled in a train derailment on a ranch in western Manitoba. “We are still determining volume estimates at this time,” company spokesman Jonathan Abecassis said in an email

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How this ‘gap’ in privacy law affects tow-truck operators

December 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If your client’s vehicle is towed in Manitoba, the auto insurer will not normally tell the towing company who owns the vehicle. “There is a gap in the [Manitoba privacy] legislation or, at a minimum, the administrative practices of the