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Montreal borough votes to restrict Airbnb-style rentals in downtown core

June 13, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – A Montreal borough is bringing in new rules aimed at limiting the number of short-term rentals in the city’s downtown core. Councillors in the Ville-Marie borough voted in support of a new motion on Tuesday evening to restrict

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Is investing in AI worth it for Canadian insurance carriers?

June 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

While the vast majority (94%) of Canadian insurance professionals surveyed believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will transform the insurance industry, the jury is still out on whether carriers are receiving a return on investment from analytics yet. Insurance Nexus released

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Supreme Court rules against city over 2008 hockey riot vandalism

June 12, 2018 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against the City of Montreal in a case involving rioters who damaged police vehicles after a 2008 Montreal Canadiens victory. Several police cars were set ablaze and some were destroyed in

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The new threat facing Fort McMurray (and other parts of Western Canada)

June 11, 2018 by Jason Contant

With hundreds of claims from the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire still unresolved as of late last month, Alberta residents could be forgiven for still worrying about wildfire risks in their own backyard. The Canadian Press recently reported that as of

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Crews fight hotspots, flare ups in large fire

June 11, 2018 The Canadian Press

COLE HARBOUR, N.S. – Fire flared up again near a popular hiking trail in Cole Harbour, N.S., as crews continued to try to put out hotspots and quench the remnants of a large blaze that forced the evacuation of dozens

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How telematics affected this insurer’s loss ratio

June 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Could Canadian insurers cut auto claims costs by 15% by using telematics? Perhaps, if they could somehow import the experience of European insurers. An unnamed European insurer compared its auto insurance customers who were using telematics with its customers who

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More hurricanes, or just better detection?

June 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

Is the number of Canadian hurricanes getting larger, or are we just better at detecting them? Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC), raised the question during a webinar on the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

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Some business risks from marijuana regulation changes

June 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A Canadian fish oil supplement supplier, a business that hopes to enter the medical marijuana industry, is warning of the risks posed by the “rapidly-evolving” cannabis industry and uncertainty over Health Canada’s license approval process. Health, safety and environmental regulations

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Privacy Commissioner gives brokers more ammunition to sell cyber policies

June 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

Canada’s privacy commissioner is looking to add some bite to the country’s federal privacy laws. And if you need another reason to keep cyber insurance top of mind for your clients, look no further than a recent survey from the

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Feds seek input on railroad insurance rules

June 6, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Should Canada’s rules on railway insurance be changed? If your answer is yes, contact the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) within the next four months explaining why. CTA, which has the power to issue and revoke certificates of fitness for federally-regulated

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Improved traffic management cheapest way to reduce congestion: CAA

June 6, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The Canadian Automobile Association says there are a number of simple measures that could be taken to reduce congestion on roads across the country. A CAA-commissioned study released last year estimated the country’s worst bottlenecks result in 11.5

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Patience urged of insurers who don’t see value in their early AI investments

June 5, 2018 by Jason Contant

Despite all the hype about artificial intelligence (AI), and the significant investment in it, most global insurers don’t think they are getting value from their investment. In fact, 85 per cent of more than 1,000 global executives polled by McKinsey