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Federal rail safety bill would set ‘strict criteria’ on how locomotive voice and video recorder data could be used: Garneau

June 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s transport minister says federal legislation mandating locomotive voice and video recorders would, if passed into law, give the rail industry “opportunities to mitigate risks” but an opposition MP recently warned such a law could violate employees right to privacy.

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Loader truck operator who tested positive for cocaine not fired due to addiction: Supreme Court of Canada

June 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A coal mining company that fired an employee who tested positive for cocaine after an accident did not violate the Alberta Human Rights Act, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in a divided decision released Thursday. Court records indicate that

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Generali Global Assistance launches identity protection platform in Canada

June 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Generali Global Assistance (GGA), part of the Generali Group, announced on Tuesday that its proprietary identity protection platform is now available for the Canadian marketplace. The offering provides an integrated approach to the four pillars of identity protection: prevention, monitoring,

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73% of U.S. businesses believe their organizations are highly protected from cyber threats, but “low cyber IQ” remains: Willis Towers Watson

June 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of businesses in the United States believe that their organizations are highly protected from attempts by outsiders to gain access to their systems and data, but “low cyber IQ” among employees poses a threat, according to a

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Innovation-based disruption in personal lines insurance will drive new business models: Conning

May 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Technology-focused investments are pushing business model changes across industries, and insurance is not immune to these pressures, a new study by global investment management firm Conning suggested. Released on Wednesday, the study examines the changes that are underway in personal

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Modernization of payment systems long overdue amid rapid changes: Bank of Canada official

May 26, 2017 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The country’s payments infrastructure is long overdue for an update to ensure financial system stability amid the rapid advance of new technologies and the risks that accompany them, a senior Bank of Canada official said Thursday. Deputy bank governor Sylvain

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Canadians want more regulatory review of emerging technologies: Accenture

May 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadians prioritize regulatory reviews of drones, autonomous vehicles and online user agreements above those of other emerging technologies, according to new research from global professional services company Accenture. For the research, an Ipsos I-Say panel interviewed a sample of 1,003

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Mandatory locomotive recorder bill ‘addresses a key safety issue,’ says Transportation Safety Board

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Amendments to the federal Railway Safety Act mandating recording devices, if passed into law, could provide “essential information” to Transportation Safety Board of Canada staff investigating rail accidents and could help prevent such accidents in the future, TSB suggested Tuesday.

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Workplaces should consider the value of staff reporting, observation in combating potential terrorism, violence

April 25, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – The value of staff monitoring and reporting to identify behaviours that may seem linked to the risk of terrorism and workplace violence should not be underestimated, Harry Rhulen, chief executive officer of Firestorm, suggested Tuesday during an educational

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Police are conducting ‘search’ when knocking on door to investigate allegations of drinking and driving: Court

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s highest court announced Thursday it will not hear a crown appeal of an impaired driving acquittal, in which a Saskatchewan Provincial Court judge ruled that a police officer knocking on the apartment door of a registered vehicle owner constituted

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Artificial Intelligence set to transform insurance industry, but integration challenges remain: Accenture

April 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Artificial intelligence (AI) will “significantly transform” the insurance industry in the next three years, with insurers investing in AI to empower agents, brokers and employees to enhance the customer experience with automated personalized services, faster claims handling and individual risk-based

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Court finds Toronto Transit Commission has ‘demonstrated workplace drug and alcohol problem’

April 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A judge has denied an application for an injunction that would have prohibited the Toronto Transit Commission from randomly testing 20% of its employees every year for drug and alcohol use. In a ruling released Monday, Mr. Justice Frank Marrocco