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OneEleven and Aviva Canada to host Canada’s “first ever” DisasterTech Hackathon

September 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

OneEleven, described as “North America’s largest scaleup innovation hub,” and Aviva Canada have announced that a 48-hour DisasterTech Hackathon will be held next month in Toronto. The event will kick off at OneEleven’s office at 325 Front St. West in

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SGI Canada customers evacuated by Saskatchewan wildfires have mass evacuation coverage

September 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

SGI Canada policyholders in areas affected by the wildfires in northern Saskatchewan will have mass evacuation coverage in place for 30 days and should be assured that personal and commercial property policies will not be cancelled for 30 days in

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Huge wildfires in B.C. could smoulder until next spring, says official

September 1, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – A municipal leader in British Columbia’s central Interior says he wouldn’t be surprised if wildfires that have chewed through more than 10,600 square kilometres of woodland won’t be fully out until 2018. Chairman Al Richmond of

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Smoke from forest fires forces general evacuation of Pelican Narrows, Sask.

August 30, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

PELICAN NARROWS, Sask. – A general evacuation has been ordered for a northeastern Saskatchewan community because of smoke and road closures caused by wildfires. The Saskatchewan government says emergency social services is preparing to receive an additional 1,100 people from

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ICBC reports 124 claims and $500,000 in costs from wildfires to date

August 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) reported on Wednesday that it has received 124 claims to date, at a cost of $500,000, from the wildfires burning in the province. Most vehicle damage claims were related to extreme heat and smoke damage, with some vehicles even rendered as total losses, ICBC reported in a press release.
Recognizing that it is experiencing the “worst wildfire season in the province’s history,” ICBC added that it has made formal changes to its policies to reflect “these special circumstances for customers on evacuation…

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B.C. and federal governments assessing impact of wildfires on province’s agriculture sector

August 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The governments of British Columbia and Canada have announced that they are working under the federal-provincial AgriRecovery disaster framework to determine the type of assistance that may be required by the province’s agriculture sector to recover from the impact of wildfires. The announcement was made on Wednesday following the first meeting between Lawrence MacAulay, the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham.

Government officials are working together to quickly assess the “extraordinary costs” farmers are incurring and what additional assistance may be required to recover and return to production following the wildfires, noted a joint statement from B.C.’s Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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Backcountry closures due to wildfires put further economic damper on B.C. region

August 14, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Businesses in British Columbia’s wildfire-ravaged Cariboo region are bracing for more economic hardship after the closure of much of the backcountry during peak tourism season. Executive director Claudia Blair of the Williams Lake Visitor Centre says

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B.C. considers closing wide swath of backcountry because of wildfire risk

August 11, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – A mix of dry conditions and forecast lightning has officials in British Columbia considering closing access to a vast section of its backcountry to mitigate the wildfire risk. Restrictions on access to all Crown land in

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CatIQ enters into agreement with Impact Forecasting to use cat event flood response footprints for Canada

August 11, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Toronto-based Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) announced that they have entered into an agreement whereby Impact Forecasting’s cat event response flood footprints for Canada will be made available as a layer on CatIQ’s CatHUB module. “Aon Impact Forecasting’s Canadian

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B.C. tourism businesses feeling effects of wildfires, reporting cancellations

August 10, 2017 The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Tourism officials are starting to assess the impact of devastating wildfires in British Columbia and have received mixed feedback on the toll so far on the travel sector. Maya Lange of Destination BC, the province’s tourism planning

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Insurers should ensure consumers are ‘better able to understand’ home insurance policies: CCIR

August 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

In a paper released Wednesday, Canada’s insurance regulators’ association suggests that insurers need to better educate consumers so they can understand the terms – including limitations, exclusions and deductibles – of their property insurance contracts, while sharing aggregated property risk

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Asia records US$11 billion economic loss from heavy flooding in July, western Canada affected by wildfires, severe weather: Aon

August 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Relentless seasonal flooding that began in mid-June resulted in continued fatalities and damage across parts of Asia in July, causing an estimated US$11 billion in economic losses, according to Impact Forecasting’s latest Global Catastrophe Recap report. On Tuesday, Impact Forecasting,