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School bus collision near Montreal sends 25 kids to hospital

July 25, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – There were no serious injuries after two school buses collided and caught fire Tuesday on a highway north of Montreal. About 25 of the roughly 50 children aboard the two buses were taken to hospital by paramedics as

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Quebec reaches deal to compensate motorists trapped on highway after 2017 storm

March 14, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – The Quebec government has agreed to compensate motorists who were trapped for hours on a major Montreal highway in March 2017 following a massive snowstorm. Lawyers representing plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit said today they reached an

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Cars submerged in flooded Montreal tunnel

November 21, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A broken water pipe has flooded a tunnel on a major Montreal artery, submerging three cars. The west-end Atwater tunnel connecting downtown and neighbourhoods to the southwest flooded Tuesday morning after utility workers accidentally punctured the pipe. It

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Violent storms leave thousands without power in Quebec

July 3, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – More than 15,000 homes and businesses in Quebec were still without power and air conditioning this afternoon following violent storms. As of 2 p.m., 15,234 Hydro-Quebec customers were blacked out, mainly due to fallen trees and branches on

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Montreal borough votes to restrict Airbnb-style rentals in downtown core

June 13, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – A Montreal borough is bringing in new rules aimed at limiting the number of short-term rentals in the city’s downtown core. Councillors in the Ville-Marie borough voted in support of a new motion on Tuesday evening to restrict

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Bodily injury lawsuit against City of Montreal not barred by six-month prescriptive period

October 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The family of a Montreal woman murdered in 2010 is not barred, by the six-month prescriptive period in Quebec’s Cities and Towns Act, from suing the city, the Supreme Court of Canada suggested in a ruling released Friday. In the

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Authorities confirm tornado hit Quebec town as cleanup operations continue

August 24, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Environment Canada says a tornado touched down in a Quebec town during intense thunderstorms that caused considerable damage in different parts of the province, including the felling of century-old trees in Montreal. Meteorologist Amelie Bertrand said Wednesday a team dispatched to Lachute confirmed an EF-1 tornado with winds reaching about 175 km/h struck in the town about 85 kilometres north of Montreal.

Bertrand said an EF-1 tornado can cause wind gusts ranging from about 135 to 175 km/h, placing Tuesday’s tornado at the higher end of…

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Cleanup underway after severe storm with heavy winds rips through Montreal area

August 23, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Crews began cleaning up in Quebec on Wednesday after a suspected tornado hit one town and severe thunderstorms ripped through other parts of the province, felling century-old trees in one Montreal neighbourhood. The Montreal area and the Laurentian

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Q2 commission, fee growth flat at Willis Towers Watson

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Willis Towers Watson plc reported Thursday its commissions and fees from corporate risk and broking were $624 million during the three months ending June 30, a slight drop from $627 million during the same period in 2016. “North America organic

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Arthur J. Gallagher gains presence in Quebec with acquisition of GPL Assurance Inc.

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) announced late Thursday that it has “extended its investment in Canada and further diversified it geographic presence” with the acquisition of retail insurance broker GPL Assurance Inc. in Quebec. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Established

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Artificial intelligence saw record high investments in Canada in past five years: report

July 26, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial Intelligence (AI) attracted US$162 million in investments across 12 deals in the first half of 2017, the highest amount of funding in Canada in the past five years, according to the quarterly MoneyTree Canada Report from PwC Canada and

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Lack of safety management systems found in “numerous” marine, aviation accident investigations: TSB

July 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Fifteen years after four passengers drowned in an accident aboard an amphibious sightseeing vehicle across the Ottawa River from the nation’s capital, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada warned Thursday that there has “been only limited progress” on expanding the