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Will the Maritimes be insurable if climate change left unchecked?

July 29, 2018 by Jason Contant

The financial costs of flooding in the Maritimes could increase dramatically by the end of the century under a “business-as-usual climate scenario,” even without accounting for changes people have made to the environment that could increase exposure, according to a

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New software could make it easier to “adopt and trust” AI systems that set insurance premiums

October 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

New software developed at the University of Waterloo (UWaterloo) in Ontario could make it easier to adopt and trust powerful artificial intelligence (AI) systems that set insurance premiums, generate stock market predictions and assess who qualifies for mortgages, the university

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Standard would help enhance flood resilience of new communities: report

September 26, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Research out of the University of Waterloo recommends a Canadian standard for new flood-resilient residential communities, one that employs almost two dozen best practices, be developed to bolster protection and reduce water-related losses. Requiring that new homes not be built

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New software can detect when people text and drive: University of Waterloo

September 11, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Computer algorithms developed by engineering researchers at the University of Waterloo (UoW) in Ontario can accurately determine when drivers are texting or engaged in other distracting activities, the university reported on Friday. The system uses cameras and artificial intelligence (AI)

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Ontario and Michigan launch North America’s first cross-border automated vehicle test drive

July 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario and Michigan are completing North America’s first cross-border automated vehicle test drive, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) reported on Monday. The test drive began in Detroit and will continue from the Ontario cities of Windsor and Sarnia before crossing

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Maintaining wetlands could slash riverine flooding-related damage, local pilot project has national applicability: study

July 12, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Just leaving current wetlands in their natural state could cause riverine flooding-related flood damage to plummet as much as 38% and should provide the impetus for communities to view natural infrastructure as a climate adaptation solution, notes a study from

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Majority of polled Canadians unaware of flood risks and responsibilities, half would not consider purchasing overland flood coverage: survey

May 5, 2017 by Jason Contant

Homeowners in Canada lack awareness of flood risk and the protection options available to them to reduce that risk, suggests a new study from researchers at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change and Partners for Action research network at Ontario’s

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Standards Council of Canada, Intact Centre on Climate Adaption to study flood resiliency for new residential communities

March 31, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre) at the University of Waterloo have announced that they are joining forces to develop a new report on best practices for making new residential communities

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BlackBerry creates autonomous vehicle innovation centre in Ottawa

December 20, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

BlackBerry has announced the creation of the BlackBerry QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Centre (AVIC). John Chen, executive chairman and CEO of BlackBerry Limited and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled AVIC on Monday. Housed within the BlackBerry QNX facility in

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Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation launches automated vehicle pilot program

November 28, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced on Monday that it is launching “the first automated vehicle (AV) pilot program in Canada,” led by the University of Waterloo, the Erwin Hymer Group and BlackBerry QNX. The pilot brings together a range

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Barely passable grade on flood preparedness demands immediate action: report

October 31, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

All 10 Canadian provinces and Yukon are not making the grade when it comes to flood preparedness, signalling the need for change, including not allowing municipalities to override provincial or territorial direction on development in flood-prone areas, argues a new