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Ontario to introduce zero tolerance legislation for drug-impaired driving

September 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of Ontario announced on Monday morning that it will introduce legislation this fall that will include zero tolerance for drug-impaired driving for several classes of motorists. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca announced the

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Proposed model law could beef up U.S. insurers’ cyber risk management

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New cyber-related obligations being proposed south of the border, if approved, could promote more rigorous cyber risk management practices in the U.S. insurance market, Fitch Ratings suggests. The CyberSecurity Working Group of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has

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Economical launches data breach coverage for Canadian businesses

August 2, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical Insurance announced on Wednesday that it has launched EXPERT Cyber, coverage that is available to commercial policies for Canadian businesses in the event of a data breach. “Cybersecurity is a growing area of concern for businesses of

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Alberta advisory group recommends penalties for heavy oilsands emitters if cap hit

June 19, 2017 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Oilsands producers could face steep fines and suspended projects if industry comes close to hitting a mandated 100-megatonne limit under recommendations proposed by Alberta’s Oil Sands Advisory Group. But the non-binding report sets out a series of policies

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ENCON Group announces standalone cyber policy for Canadian companies

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian managing general agent (MGA) ENCON Group Inc. announced on Thursday the introduction of a standalone cyber insurance policy that provides coverage for network business interruption, ecommerce trading exposure, crime and intellectual property risks. Ottawa-based ENCON Group said in a

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Gore Mutual launches cyber and data breach product for Canadian small businesses

June 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Gore Mutual Insurance Company has announced a cyber and data response product for Canadian small businesses as well as a partnership with a global home automation company to provide flood sensors to select commercial and personal customers. Gore Mutual announced

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Enhancements to Alberta wildfire regulations take effect

April 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New wildfire protection regulations have taken effect in Alberta. The enhancements to the Forest and Prairie Protection Act regulations took effect on March 31, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry noted in a press release issued last week. The enhancements include: new

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Bill proposing increase in careless driving fines to be tabled soon in Ontario

March 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A bill proposing a minimum $2,000 fine, under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, for careless driving causing death or bodily harm, will be re-introduced in the legislature, a Hamilton-area MPP said Thursday. Bill 213, An Act to amend the Highway Traffic

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Takata pleads guilty in air bag scandal, agrees to pay $1B

February 28, 2017 Tom Krisher and Ed White - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. pleaded guilty to fraud Monday and agreed to pay $1 billion in penalties for concealing an air bag defect blamed for at least 16 deaths, most of them in the U.S. The

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SGI records more than 350 impaired driving offences in Saskatchewan in December

January 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) reported on Monday that there were 353 offences related to impaired driving in the province in December, compared to 308 in December 2015. “Too many people still made the poor decision to drive after drinking in

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Alberta government introduces bill aimed at reducing human-caused wildfires and enhancing firefighting operations

November 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of Alberta announced on Monday that it has tabled a bill introducing measures aimed at reducing the number of wildfires caused by humans and enhancing firefighting operations in the province. Bill 24, the Forest and Prairie Protection Amendment

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Alcohol, drugs different, drug-impaired driving a growing concern: panel

September 22, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

Alcohol and drugs are different and approaches to addressing related impairment issues will likely need to be different as well, Doug Beirness, senior research associate with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), suggested Wednesday during a State Farm-sponsored event