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Risk factors at Humboldt Broncos crash intersection identified in report

December 12, 2018 Ryan McKenna - THE CANADIAN PRESS

REGINA – A consulting firm says sight lines are a safety concern at the rural intersection where the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash happened. A 70-page safety review done for the Saskatchewan government says a stand of trees, mostly on

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Training will be mandatory for semi-truck drivers in this province

December 3, 2018 Ryan McKenna - THE CANADIAN PRESS

REGINA – The Saskatchewan government is introducing mandatory training for semi-truck drivers almost eight months after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Starting in March, drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial license will be required to undergo at least 121.5 hours

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How this commercial brokerage addresses skills shortages

October 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokerage owners in some regions are struggling to find staff who know commercial lines. “There are very few people (in Saskatchewan) who understand commercial insurance deeply,” said David Reidy, president and CEO of Regina-based commercial brokerage Henderson Insurance Inc. To

News InsuranceMergers and Aqcuisitions

Canadian hail insurance broker acquired by Hub

September 11, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Hub International Ltd. continues to buy Canadian property and casualty brokerages, with the acquisition of Ottawa-based Access Insurance Brokers Inc. as well as a Saskatchewan provider of farm insurance. Chicago-based Hub announced Monday it has acquired Frontier Business Centre Ltd.,

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Massive fire strikes one of Saskatchewan town’s biggest employers

July 23, 2018 The Canadian Press

ROSTHERN, Sask. – The damage estimate is expected to run into the millions of dollars after a fire tore through a large central Saskatchewan farm machinery dealership. Emergency crews were called to Cervus Equipment John Deere in Rosthern just before

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The Canadian insurer that will seek a rate decrease later this year

July 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

One Canadian public insurer is bucking the trend – seen across the country – of carriers asking to raise auto rates. Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday that it plans to apply for a rate decrease later this

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Wildfire evacuees to return to Southend, Saskatchewan

June 27, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

SOUTHEND , Sask.  – Residents who had to leave their remote community in northern Saskatchewan because of a wildfire are being allowed to return. The wildfire was growing last week and was 13 kilometres away when an evacuation was ordered

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Wildfire forces hundreds of people from remote community

June 25, 2018 The Canadian Press

SOUTHEND, Sask. – The threat of a growing wildfire has forced more than 600 people from a remote community in northeast Saskatchewan. Emergency management officials say the fire is getting larger but is still about 13 kilometres away from Southend.

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The latest home insurance product for brokers to figure out

May 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With equipment breakdown and other new coverages available from homeowners’ insurance carriers, brokers need to make sure their clients or prospective clients are aware of their options, a Regina-based broker warns. “There are so many new products” available in homeowner

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How Saskatchewan brokers are handling the French fries challenge

May 17, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Roughly half the motorists in Saskatchewan lack adequate auto insurance because they are only buying the mandatory minimum required by law from the province’s government-run auto insurer, a broker warns. Saskatchewan’s 70-year-old-plus Auto Fund writes basic minimum liability, damage to

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How Saskatchewan auto insurer approaches distracted driving

March 8, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Saskatchewan motorists caught using wireless devices while driving could be hit by the province’s auto insurer with a $200 penalty; second-time offenders could lose their vehicle for a week, Saskatchewan Government Insurance warns. A distracted driving ticket costs a Saskatchewan

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Oil and gas fuel Hub’s latest acquisition

February 9, 2018 by Jason Contant

Diversification into oil and gas partially fueled Hub International‘s recent acquisition of Kindersley Insurance, the company told Canadian Underwriter Thursday. Keith Jordan, president and CEO of Hub Manitoba, said acquiring the shares of Kindersley Insurance was beneficial for both companies.