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Taxi companies want B.C. Supreme Court to quash ride-hailing rules

September 5, 2019 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – A coalition of nine taxi companies in Metro Vancouver has asked the B.C. Supreme Court to quash ride-hailing rules it says were illegally created for companies such as Uber and Lyft. The companies say in their petition that…

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When “failing fast” works, and when it doesn’t: Insurtech CEO

September 4, 2019 by Jason Contant

Failing fast on small projects and establishing a feedback loop is a critical part of the innovation journey, according to one insurtech. “You have to be able to ask your customers what’s going on – what do you like, what…

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Court sides with insurer in disputed marine cargo claim

September 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A large Canadian manufacturing multinational has lost a legal battle, although not necessarily the war, with Chubb Insurance Company of Canada over a marine coverage dispute. It started in 2013 when Cambridge, Ont.-based ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. sold machinery…

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Now that Alberta’s cap is gone, what next?

September 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Giving Alberta’s auto insurance regulator discretion in allowing rate increases of over 5% is good news for the industry, but more needs to be done to address claims costs, the Insurance Bureau of Canada warns. In 2017, the province’s regulator…

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Aviva Canada takes the plunge into cross-border business

September 4, 2019 by Adam Malik

With the introduction of its new Global Corporate and Specialty (GCS) team, Aviva Canada is setting its sights on Canadian companies doing cross-border business in the United States. The GCS team will offer coverage in five key areas: corporate risk,…

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Tesla Autopilot let driver rely too much on automation: Investigator

September 4, 2019 by Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – A government investigation has found that a design flaw in Tesla’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system and driver inattention combined to cause a Model S electric car to slam into a firetruck parked along a California freeway. The National…

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How an engineer failed to spot a major basement water problem

September 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Three months after Edward Kent and Teresa Tomsky bought their Edmonton home, they noticed a musty smell in their basement. It turns out a foundation crack, which they were led to believe was minor, was actually quite serious. The foundation…

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A practical strategy for switching to customer-centric tech

September 3, 2019 by Adam Malik

What do Facebook, Google and Amazon do so well that remains a struggle for insurance? They make the customer the centre of everything they do, according to Denise Garth, senior vice president of strategic marketing at Majesco, an insurance software…

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Hurricane Dorian’s projected path into Canada

September 3, 2019 by David Gambrill

Hurricane Dorian is tracking to hit Atlantic Canada as a post-tropical storm Sunday, about a week after post-tropical storm Erin inflicted heavy rainfall over southwestern Nova Scotia. “When post-tropical storm Erin recently travelled through the Atlantic region, we didn’t see…

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Alberta axes 5% cap on auto rate hikes

September 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The 5% ceiling on Alberta auto rate increases is history, but that does not mean the sky is the limit. “Allowing [the 5%] limitation to expire is necessary to ensure a sustainable industry that can best serve the needs of…

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How this city uses technology to detect wildfire

September 3, 2019 by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Thermo-sensing cameras were installed in Alaska to help the fire department locate, analyze and monitor wildfires, officials said. The security-like thermography camera is meant to help the Anchorage Fire Department respond to fires faster by providing a…

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We will rise from those ashes:’ Ranch still rebuilding two years after

August 30, 2019 by Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Melody Garner-Skiba and her family have had some tough conversations since a wildfire raged into Waterton Lakes National Park in southeastern Alberta two years ago, spread into nearby grassland and destroyed their horse-breeding ranch. “It’s definitely taken a…