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Etiquette for asking if your employees are vaccinated

April 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Asking your workers whether or not they got their COVID-19 vaccine shot is not necessarily a good idea. “If you are going to require employees to disclose their vaccination status, you need to consider the nature of the workplace,” said

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Canadian Museum of History CEO resigns after probe into alleged workplace harassment

April 9, 2021 Teresa Wright - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The head of the Canadian Museum of History has resigned following reported allegations of workplace harassment at the national institution. Museum CEO Mark O’Neill has been on a medical leave since last summer, when an independent investigation was

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Review hears closing arguments into proposed reservoir to protect Calgary from floods

April 7, 2021 Colette Derworiz - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – A lawyer for Alberta Transportation says there’s a serious and urgent need for a proposed reservoir that could protect Calgary from future flooding. Ron Kruhlak made the comment during his closing argument Tuesday before the Natural Resources Conservation

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The future of carbon removal insurance: As big as oil and gas?

April 1, 2021 by David Gambrill

Carbon removal is poised to become a booming industry over the next 30 years, providing an opportunity for innovative P&C insurers to pioneer in carbon removal insurance products, Swiss Re’s chief risk officer predicts. “By 2050, the industry of carbon

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Families reach $5.5 million settlement in lawsuit against Quebec long-term care home

April 1, 2021 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Lawyers for residents and families suing a Montreal-area long-term care home ravaged by the pandemic’s first wave said Wednesday they had reached a $5.5-million settlement with the facility’s owners. The private Residence Herron was among the hardest hit

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Pandemic distraction: Is Canada ready for the next big disaster?

March 30, 2021 by David Gambrill

Focused narrowly on responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic — and preparing for the next one — Canada may be losing sight of preparing for other, potentially more likely disaster scenarios, P&C insurance industry executives commented at the Swiss Re

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Northern Alberta pipeline leak spills estimated 100,000 litres of oilfield liquids

March 30, 2021 The Canadian Press

CALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says an oil and gas company under court protection from creditors is reporting the leak of an estimated 100,000 litres of oilfield liquids from a pipeline in northern Alberta. The provincial regulator says it

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The biggest property risks for green energy

March 29, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Floods, hail, fire, and lightning strikes are among the concerns for underwriters who insure green energy projects, an expert with RSA Canada says. And also, solar panel placement. Perhaps not many would link solar panel placement with flood risk, but

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The rationale for Intact expanding its commercial appetite

March 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Mid-sized commercial clients are going to get bigger, so executives with Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer want to continue their expansion in specialty lines. “We are really scaling up our specialty lines capability here in North America,” Intact Financial

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What would a hybrid workplace even look like?

March 26, 2021 by David Gambrill

Canadian property and casualty insurance professionals would like a more flexible, hybrid workplace, a recent survey shows, but the question for employers now is what such an arrangement might look like. About 87% of the more than 1,150 P&C insurance

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Plaintiff loses right to sue after slip-and-fall on a sanded sidewalk

March 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision means a slip-and-fall lawsuit against an Alberta school board is dismissed. Shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2013, Angelina Hannam slipped and fell on a sidewalk outside River Heights Elementary School in

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RCMP breached policy on collection of online information: audit

March 23, 2021 Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – An internal review says the RCMP routinely flouted its own policies when gathering information from the internet, potentially endangering investigations and prosecutions. The newly released audit report says many members across the RCMP use “open source information” in