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What lies behind the unexpected Alberta quake

March 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

Perhaps the largest-ever earthquake to hit a section of central Alberta caused no immediate reports of damage, but knocked out power for more than 4,000 customers. Could fracking be the culprit? In this case, Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is probing

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How this city is mitigating autonomous vehicle risk

March 5, 2019 Ramesh Santanam - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PITTSBURGH – Companies testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh will have to immediately report crashes resulting in any injuries as part of new guidelines announced Monday intended to boost public confidence in the testing after a deadly accident in Arizona last

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$75-million shareholders’ lawsuit proposed against SNC Lavalin

February 26, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. faces new legal troubles as a shareholder aims to launch a class action lawsuit in connection with the criminal charges against the embattled engineering firm. Law firm Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP has filed a proposed class action

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These three work tasks make the most sense to automate

February 26, 2019 by Jason Contant

If you’re looking to automate at your brokerage or insurance company, scrutinize specific tasks, not entire jobs, recommends a blog from Harvard Business Review. There are three fundamental work characteristics that lend themselves to automation: Repetitive vs. variable work –

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How railway is dealing with Manitoba oil spill

February 22, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

LAZARE, Man. – CN is still tallying up the amount of oil spilled in a train derailment on a ranch in western Manitoba. “We are still determining volume estimates at this time,” company spokesman Jonathan Abecassis said in an email

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Next step for $2-billion building collapse lawsuit against Loblaws

February 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A $2-billion class-action lawsuit against Canada’s largest food retailer could reach the Supreme Court of Canada. The bodily injury lawsuit against Loblaw Companies Limited was filed in 2015 in Ontario by victims of a 2013 commercial building collapse in Bangladesh.

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How this province is handling autonomous vehicle testing

February 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The Ontario government wants to expand testing of autonomous vehicles in the province. “Our government is taking active steps to open the door for expanded testing related to connected and autonomous vehicles in Ontario,” Michael Parsa, parliamentary assistant to the

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How your client’s directors could be blamed for cyber losses

February 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Cyber risk awareness is on the rise among corporate directors, who could face liability risk if they are accused of being lax on governance. “Corporate clients are more likely to be aware today, compared to a few years ago, of

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Behind on your digital strategy? Three ways to catch up quickly

February 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

Merging with or buying digital firms, and cooperating with digital natives rather than trying to fight or resist them, can pay dividends for a majority of businesses, according to a blog published Tuesday by Harvard Business Review. The blog, 3 Digital

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Why your clients will buy insurance only after a disaster

February 12, 2019 by Jason Contant

Due to six decision biases, consumers will typically not protect themselves against low-probability, high-consequence events until it is too late, a keynote speaker said recently at the CatIQ Connect conference in Toronto. When consumers decide not to purchase insurance or

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OSFI provides guidance on reporting cyber incidents

February 12, 2019 by Jason Contant

Months after Canada’s mandatory data breach notification law came into effect on Nov. 1, 2018, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is now providing guidance on when to report cyber incidents to the financial regulator. In an

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New risk management measure mandatory for all Canadian railways

February 12, 2019 Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Canada’s transport minister has ordered the use of handbrakes on all trains stopped on mountain slopes following a deadly derailment earlier this week in the Rocky Mountains. Marc Garneau said in a statement late Friday that the order