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Drought weakened trees, fall storms could mean more power outages: BC Hydro

September 17, 2021 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Residents across British Columbia are being advised to prepare a well-stocked emergency kit for what BC Hydro warns could be a stormy fall and winter made worse by the effects of a severe summer drought. The latest report

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Contrary to popular belief, Eastern Canada is more at risk of earthquakes than perceived

September 16, 2021 The Canadian Press

By Jeremy Rimando, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Structural Geology and Tectonics, McMaster University and Alexander Lewis Peace, Assistant Professor (Structural Geology), McMaster University – THE CONVERSATION This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news,

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B.C. not effectively overseeing safety of dams: auditor general 

September 15, 2021 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government has not effectively overseen the safety of the 1,900 dams it regulates, says the auditor general.   Michael Pickup said the Ministry of Forests, Land, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has not adequately verified

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Linda O’Leary found not guilty of careless driving in fatal boat crash

September 14, 2021 Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Prosecutors failed to prove Linda O’Leary was operating her boat without proper care or consideration for others when it crashed into another vessel in central Ontario two years ago, a judge ruled Tuesday as he cleared her in the fatal

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Is your IT team compromising security for business continuity?

September 13, 2021 by Jason Contant

A vast majority (91%) of IT teams surveyed across Canada and other countries felt pressure to compromise security for business continuity, admitting that security took a backseat to business continuity during the pandemic, a new report from HP Inc. reveals.

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Mandatory vaccination: Is it right for your P&C workplace?

September 11, 2021 by Jason Contant

An increasing number of organizations have been mandating that their workers get vaccinated, while many others are trying to decide whether to follow suit. For those still deliberating their options, the decision could have a significant impact on short-term productivity

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Return of events pushes hosts to address vaccination, COVID tests and masks

September 9, 2021 Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – When Sept. 11 comes, Natasha Koifman’s backyard will be awash with chatter and music as up to 100 guests gather for an elegant dinner meant to raise funds for Haitians to access education. But the public relations maven’s

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How the hail peril is changing

September 8, 2021 by Jason Contant

Once confined mostly to “hail alley” regions such as south and central Alberta, Texas and Colorado, hailstorms are now doing damage across North America in plenty of regions considered low-risk, says a new white paper from RIMS, the risk management

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The ‘Triple A’s’ to successfully navigate your company through the pandemic

September 7, 2021 by Jason Contant

The ‘Triple As’ of strategic agility — avoid, absorb and accelerate — are distinct ways that successful companies navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent blog from Harvard Business Review. Companies such as Airbnb that not just survived by

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When your commercial auto client smells a rat

September 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Tall grass and vegetation are not good choices for areas to park or store construction equipment, trucks, recreational vehicles, campers, trailers or trucks. This is because rodents tend to like tall grass, Northbridge Insurance warns. “If buildings, vehicles, and equipment

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Newfoundland and Labrador drivers urged to call a moose hotline to reduce collisions

August 30, 2021 Sarah Smellie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Linda Bishop says there’s a reason why every one of her group’s moose alerts that lands periodically in a handful of inboxes belonging to Newfoundland and Labrador journalists ends ominously with, “Urgent: Yes.” “It’s urgent because

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How Lloyd’s says your client could suffer reputational harm

August 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Up to a quarter of the value of some of your commercial clients’ firms could be their own brand and reputation. This reputational value could degrade quickly if your client is perceived to have behaved badly, a Future of Insurance