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Uber backs off plans to shutter Quebec operation, says it will continue for now

October 13, 2017 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Ride-hailing service Uber is backing down on a threat to shutter its Quebec operations, at least for now. The multinational announced Friday it won’t pull the plug on its Quebec wing as planned this weekend because it hopes

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Turo launches car-sharing marketplace in B.C., partners with car rental entrepreneurs

October 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Turo, which connects local car owners with travellers looking for adventure and in need of a vehicle, has expanded its car-sharing marketplace into British Columbia. To address provincial insurance regulations, the company has structured the expansion by partnering with local,

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Quebec, Ontario and California join forces on climate change

September 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and California Governor Jerry Brown have signed an agreement linking the carbon markets of the two provinces and one state. Couillard hosted Wynne and Brown in Quebec City on Friday. By signing

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Hub International acquires Integro (Canada) Ltd.

September 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Hub International Limited announced on Friday that is has acquired P&C brokerage Integro (Canada) Ltd. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, Hub noted in a press release. With offices in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, Integro Canada is a

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37% of Quebec tenants have no home insurance: IBC survey

September 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly four in 10 tenants in Quebec have no home insurance, “a regrettable situation that clearly puts their financial security at risk,” the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) said in a press release on Wednesday. A survey completed for IBC

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Spring flooding in Ontario and Quebec caused more than $223 million in insured damage: CatIQ

September 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Two significant spring storm and flooding events in eastern Ontario and western Quebec resulted in more than $223 million in insured damage, according to information from Toronto-based Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) released on Friday. Between April 5 and

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Quebec, Airbnb reach agreement to collect lodging tax in the province

August 29, 2017 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Airbnb and the province of Quebec have announced what is being called a first tourist tax agreement on short-term rentals in Canada. Quebec Tourism Minister Julie Boulet and officials with the Canadian arm of the home-sharing platform made

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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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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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Many polled Canadians aren’t researching options before buying financial products: LowestRates.ca survey

August 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

While Canadians may head online to compare prices on flights or when booking a hotel, most aren’t researching their options before buying financial products, according to a new survey from comparison site LowestRates.ca. The online survey, conducted last month by

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Dash 8 crew erroneously thought convective activity was not a factor in Mont-Joli approach incident: TSB

August 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A combination wind shear and turbulence was one factor in a 2016 incident in Quebec in which a pilot had “temporary difficulty” controlling a Dash 8 below 2,000 feet, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said in a recent investigation