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Huawei a small part of an ‘insurmountably hard problem’ of cybersecurity

May 22, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The controversy over telecommunications equipment from Chinese manufacturer Huawei is just the tip of a large cyber risk iceberg, an Internet security expert warns. “The question is, should we trust the country in which the company whose products and services…

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Insurtech launches exclusive line of insurance

May 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

An insurtech that positions itself as the first Canadian company to specialize exclusively in tenant insurance has launched after months of research and development. Montreal-based Allset launched last week, using a “matching” algorithm to compare the tenant’s needs to over…

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Bartenders’ liability for impaired driving accidents – civil versus criminal

May 22, 2019 by Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Legal experts say criminal charges like those laid against a former bar server in connection with a drunk-driving crash that killed two Ottawa-area teens are rare and difficult to prove. Ann Senack, 62, of Greater Madawaska Township, was charged in…

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Why your clients may not be covered when there’s an active wildfire

May 21, 2019 by Jason Contant

With wildfire season already underway in Alberta and British Columbia, brokers will be looking at how insurance can help their clients mitigate any losses. But brokers and clients alike may not know that the ability to bind coverage could be…

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This province’s statute of limitations ‘cries out for reform’

May 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

In trying to sue construction contractors for a leaky building, a Winnipeg hospital is actually criticizing Manitoba’s Limitation of Actions Act, a provincial appeal court judge suggested in a recent ruling. In 2003, construction finished on a new five-storey building…

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Why rewards programs are a new cyber threat

May 21, 2019 by Jason Contant

If your client offers loyalty and rewards programs, they may want to keep a closer eye on securing these “non-traditional risk points” from cyber criminals. Earlier this year, several McDonald’s customers in Canada complained that criminals had breached their accounts…

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Fairfax chief financial officer died suddenly

May 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

David Bonham, chief financial officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., died suddenly this past weekend, the Toronto-based company announced Tuesday. Fairfax is the corporate owner of Northbridge Insurance and several international property and casualty insurers, including OdysseyRe, Brit PLC, Allied…

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Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

May 21, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HIGH LEVEL, Alta. – Fire officials say the winds continue to be favourable as crews battle a large wildfire burning a few kilometres from a northwestern Alberta town. Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First…

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How this type of client is reducing fraud risk

May 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Biometrics and two-factor authentication will become more popular tactics for mitigating cyber crime risk, a British Columbia credit union executive predicts. “I feel like I do a lot of biometrics,” said Marilyn Mauritz, chief transformation and governance officer at Vancouver-based…

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Brokers await regulations on bank fintech changes

May 17, 2019 by Jason Contant

As the federal government drafts regulations related to recent Bank Act amendments, the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) is confident that the fundamental aspects of their position have been upheld. Bill C-74, which received royal assent in June 2018,…

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Job hunters are changing the rules around work

May 17, 2019 by Adam Malik

Employers are being expected to offer flexible working options. And job seekers are more than happy to turn down an offer if they aren’t included. IWG, which operates virtual offices around the world, recently released its annual global study which…

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How province is responding to growing Alberta wildfire threat

May 17, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON –  The Alberta government has imposed a fire ban and restrictions on off-highway vehicle use in the northern half of the province. The government says the decision was made due to the growing threat of wildfires. The areas affected…