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Dozens injured in tornadoes across southern Louisiana

February 8, 2017 Kevin McGill - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS – Brittany Ross remembers she was savoring the smell of her aunt’s simmering white beans when the storm that injured about 40 people in southeastern Louisiana hit. “The place started shaking, kind of twisting,” she said Tuesday as

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Economic losses from nat cat events in 2016 total US$210 billion, the highest loss amount in four years: Aon Benfield

January 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Three hundred and fifteen natural catastrophe events in 2016 generated economic losses of US$210 billion, the highest loss amount in four years and 21% above the 16-average of US$174 billion, according to Aon Benfield’s 2016 Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe

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Severe weather, nat-cats cause record insurable damage in Canada: IBC/CatIQ

January 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Severe weather last year exacted a heavy toll in terms of insured losses, with the $4.9 billion hit dwarfing the previous annual record of $3.2 billion in 2013, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports. Flooding in southern Alberta and the

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Government of Alberta announces additional $45 million for flood and drought protection

December 19, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of Alberta has announced an additional $45 million in funding for flood and drought protection. Over the next four years, the government will invest an additional $31 million in the Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP) and $14 million

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IBC applauds federal government’s approach to carbon pricing

October 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has applauded the Government of Canada’s pan-Canadian approach to pricing carbon pollution. “IBC congratulates the government on today’s carbon pricing announcement,” IBC president and CEO Don Forgeron said in a statement on Monday. “Severe

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Intact estimates $170 million in cat losses for third quarter of 2016

October 4, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Financial Corporation (IFC) has announced estimated catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, of approximately $170 million on a pre-tax basis for the third quarter of 2016. The estimate equates to about $124 million or $0.95 per share for the quarter,

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New mobile app issues verbal safety warnings to Edmonton drivers

September 13, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The City of Edmonton has launched a new mobile app that warns drivers of school zones, speed limit changes and high collision locations. City of Edmonton Councillor Dave Loken said in a press release from the city on Monday that

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Almost $65 million in insured damage from severe summer storm in Alberta, Saskatchewan

August 24, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

A severe storm that swept through southern Alberta and Saskatchewan in the third week of July has prompted an insured damage estimate of almost $65 million, reports Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), based on figures provided by Catastrophe Indices and

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Tale of two summers: Farmers deal with drought in the east, rain on the prairies

August 11, 2016 Ian Bickis and Peter Goffin -THE CANADIAN PRESS

It’s a tale of two summers this year in Canada, with rain – and the lack of it – causing concerns about the state of the country’s crops. In Ontario, officials are forecasting a strong fruit harvest but add that

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Ontario, City of Burlington support Home Adaptation Assessment Program pilot launch

August 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Burlington, Ont. will serve as the pilot site for Intact Centre on Climate Change’s (ICCA) Home Adaptation Assessment Program (HAAP), meant to enhance homeowner awareness of how to reduce flood-related damage and limit the level of losses seen during events

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Alberta invests in flood and drought resiliency projects

July 21, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of Alberta is investing nearly $1 million in flood and drought resiliency projects in Calgary and other communities to help protect against the effects of severe weather. Twelve organizations in southern Alberta “and other vulnerable communities across the

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Flood recovery centres open in Estevan, Sask.

July 14, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of Saskatchewan announced on Thursday that a temporary Provincial Disaster Assistance Program (PDAP) flood recovery centre will open in the city of Estevan to provide immediate support and advice to residents affected by recent severe weather and flooding.