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Judicial determination on interpretation of property Cat XOL with reinsurers sought

July 18, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Alberta Motor Association Insurance Company is looking to divide the loss arising out of the Fort McMurray wildfire, which exceeded a duration of 168 hours, into six multiple loss occurrences in line with its reading of its property catastrophe excess

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Extent of damage remains unclear as winds fan B.C. wildfires

July 17, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Wildfires across British Columbia have torn through several communities, but officials say the number of homes, businesses and other structures lost remains unclear. Hot, windy weather has fanned flames across the province, including near Ashcroft, where a

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Wildfire spreading west of 100 Mile House, B.C. as evacuation orders in effect

July 7, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. – A wildfire in British Columbia’s Cariboo region has scorched more than 12 square kilometres of bush near 100 Mile House. The BC Wildfire Service says heavy smoke makes it difficult to determine the exact size

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Canadians evacuated from homes after a wildfire can expect to suffer $11,300 in financial losses: Square One Insurance

July 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadians evacuated from their homes because of wildfires can expect to suffer an average of $11,300 in financial losses, a recent study from Square One Insurance Services Inc. has found. Those with home insurance can recover most, but not all,

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Trans-Canada Highway closed as wildfire spreads west of Kamloops, B.C.

July 6, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – An out-of-control wildfire is burning through the Cherry Creek area west of Kamloops, B.C. The BC Wildfire Service says the 15-hectare fire has damaged one outbuilding and partially effected a residence in the area. Spokeswoman Justine Hunse

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Wildfire south of Penticton, B.C. forces evacuation order, alert

July 5, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

PENTICTON, B.C. – Fire crews appear to have the upper hand on a wildfire that roared to life Tuesday in the south Okanagan community of Kaleden, B.C. BC Wildfire Service spokeswoman Justine Hunse says the fire that has scorched 6.5

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Wildfires destroy homes in southwestern U.S.

June 28, 2017 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah firefighters braced Wednesday for more high winds as they try to slow a stubborn wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people from a ski resort town. Firefighters hope to

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Cat claims out West create stress for home insurers, proactive communications can bolster customer satisfaction: J.D. Power

June 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A spike in major claims resulting in record losses from catastrophic disasters across Canada over the last few years has created significant challenges for insurance carriers in 2017, a situation that has had an impact on customer satisfaction with the

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Two wildfires break out in British Columbia

May 24, 2017 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VERNON, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service is responding to two separate blazes that broke out on Tuesday, including one that has prompted an evacuation alert. A fire in the north Okanagan, northwest of Lumby, was fanned by high winds

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Insurance industry should look ahead to even larger losses than Fort McMurray, ICLR chair suggests

May 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance industry should start thinking about what “could have been” if the Fort McMurray wildfire had been an even larger loss, the chair of Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) said on Friday at the institute’s annual general meeting.

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New FireSmart Home Development Guide targets Canadian wildfire resiliency

May 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

FireSmart Canada, in partnership with The Co-operators, has developed a new resource to help Canadian residents make their homes more resilient to wildfire. The FireSmart Home Development Guide, which will become part of the FireSmart Home Partners Program, outlines specific

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Canada lacks ‘commercially widely available wildfire models,’ Aviva Canada reinsurance VP warns

May 2, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Insurers have no “meaningful way of modelling wildfire” losses, a senior executive for Swiss Re Ltd. recently suggested to industry professionals. “If you look at it globally speaking, usually about half of the total insured losses globally are unmodelled perils,”