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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

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How vaccine rollout impacts commercial risk management

March 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If your commercial clients are bringing more workers back into the office, risk managers might be curious as to whether returning workers have received any of their COVID-19 vaccine shots. But before your clients ask their employees about their vaccine

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ICBC says COVID-19 rebate cheques delayed after cyberattack on third party

March 18, 2021 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia says it’s temporarily delaying the delivery of COVID-19 rebate cheques due to a cyberattack on a third-party vendor contracted to provide printing and distribution services. ICBC says in a statement the vendor

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Watchdog says some Microsoft Exchange servers in Canada affected by security gap

March 17, 2021 David Paddon - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Canada’s main cybersecurity watchdog has issued another warning that organizations of all sizes need to protect themselves from a recently discovered vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange email servers. The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security said it has received reports

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Feds seek post-pandemic ideas to prepare for next major disaster

March 16, 2021 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The federal government is looking beyond COVID-19 to prepare for the next large-scale calamity – be it another pandemic, a tsunami or cyberattack. In a notice posted today, Defence Research and Development Canada seeks proposals for studies, technology

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Hospitality cover? This is a job for the Business Insurance Action Team

March 15, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Hospitality clients are starting to get coverage from multiple carriers on a subscription basis through the Business Insurance Action Team, says the CEO of one of the participating insurers. Cambridge, Ont.-based Gore Mutual is participating in the BIAT, launched in

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No working smoke alarms at fatal Toronto house fire, investigators say

March 12, 2021 Liam Casey - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – There were no working smoke alarms inside a Toronto house where a fire killed four people, investigators said Friday. The Office of the Fire Marshal said an electrical failure in the ceiling of the dining room in the

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How to actually improve diversity on your board

March 11, 2021 by Jason Contant

Data show that most directors are interested in diversity — at least in theory — on their boards, but that doesn’t always translate into real change. A new blog written by the leader and a principal of PwC’s Governance Insights

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Hackers don’t care about your client’s data. Here’s what they really care about…

March 8, 2021 by Jason Contant

Businesses falling victim to cyberattacks often don’t realize that the value of data they store is not what’s important to hackers, it’s the value of the data to the company, Crawford & Company (Canada) said in a recent whitepaper. “It