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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.

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This province recorded its lowest number of traffic deaths in almost 70 years

February 8, 2018 The Canadian Press

REGINA – Preliminary figures show that in 2017 Saskatchewan recorded its lowest traffic fatality numbers since the 1950s. Saskatchewan Government Insurance says in a release that there were 102 deaths last year compared with 125 in 2016. SGI says the

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Independent brokerage grows in Western Canada

January 23, 2018 by Jason Contant

Regina-based brokerage Harvard Western Insurance has acquired Saskatchewan brokerage Hoff Insurance, effective immediately. Harvard Western president and CEO Dave Pettigrew told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday that Hoff Insurance approached his firm because they wanted to be part of a larger brokerage.

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Government insurer sees drunk driving offences plunge

January 22, 2018 by Jason Contant

December 2017 saw the lowest number of impaired driving offences reported that month in the four years since Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) began doing its monthly traffic safety spotlights, even with increased enforcement. “Overall, we think attitudes are changing in

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Tougher laws a mere distraction for cell-using drivers

December 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Distracted driving offences in Saskatchewan were at an all-time high in November 2017, despite the government’s attempts to toughen the laws around driving with a cellphone. “Police reported a whopping 636 distracted driving offences during the November [Traffic Safety Spotlight],

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Province’s ridesharing law requires minimum policy limit

December 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Saskatchewan has introduced legislation allowing for ridesharing services to operate in the province, with an interesting insurance twist. The Vehicles for Hire Act requires the ridesharing company to file written evidence of a motor vehicle liability insurance policy with a

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Man ordered to pay $41K in fines for starting wildfires in northern Saskatchewan

November 29, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

LA RONGE, Sask. – A man who admitted he started several wildfires in northern Saskatchewan by flicking lit wooden matches into the forest has been fined tens of thousands of dollars. Donald Halkett Jr. recently appeared in La Ronge provincial

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Province’s distracted drivers are on the rise

November 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Despite the consequences of distracted driving – a $280 fine and four demerit points under Saskatchewan Government Insurance’s (SGI) Safe Driver Recognition program – it continues to be the leading cause of all traffic collisions. Police in Saskatchewan issued a

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Saskatchewan police looking for drivers with suspended licences, non-current plates

November 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Police in Saskatchewan will be looking for people driving with suspended licences and those driving vehicles that don’t have current plates as part of November’s traffic safety spotlight, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) announced on Friday. Provincial police will be helped

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Fires force evacuations in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan

October 18, 2017 Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Residents in the Crowsnest Pass are still without power after a wind-whipped fire that forced about 150 people living in the town of Coleman from their homes. The blaze in the Alberta mountain community was one of several driven by

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Saskatchewan police focusing on distracted drivers in October

October 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Police in Saskatchewan will focus on distracted driving as their traffic safety spotlight for the month of October. Throughout the month, police across the province will be using a variety of tactics to catch distracted drivers in the act, including