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Why leaking sewers are contributing to higher flood risk

February 11, 2019 by Jason Contant

Brand new storm and sanitary sewers are leaking water at an unacceptable rate, putting individual homes at higher risk of flooding, a civil engineer said last week at the CatIQ Connect conference in Toronto. “We have allowable leakage, a little

News Commercial LinesInsuranceRisk

The “perfect storm” conditions for commercial rate increases

February 4, 2019 by Jason Contant

The past few years have created a perfect storm leading to an increase in commercial insurance rates, Signature Risk Partners Inc. says in a white paper released last week, entitled Hard Commercial Insurance Market on the Way. One factor is

News Risk

Transportation Safety Board involved in probe of crane collapsing on ship

February 1, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – The Transportation Safety Board is deploying a team of investigators to the Port of Vancouver following the collapse of a large crane onto a loaded container vessel. A statement from the safety board says the ship, the Ever

News ClaimsCommercial LinesInsurance

Why the cyber market has become so crowded

January 31, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Clients shopping for cyber insurance today can choose from among far more carriers than they could a few years ago, because it’s such a profitable line of business. However, one reason cyber is more profitable than other lines of coverage

News InsuranceLegal

Don’t give up on commercial waivers

January 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

Properly constructed and worded waivers will be upheld in court, with one commercial and insurance lawyer strongly recommending their continued use. “There are policies and procedures and ways to draft agreements where I promise you the waivers will be upheld,”

News AssociationsInsuranceMarkets / Coverages

Signs of progress on national flood program for Canada

January 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

Canada is making good progress on a national flood program, pending a final decision by federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers responsible for emergency management. “What they are looking at is one national insurance solution to improve outcomes for high-risk

News CatastrophesInsuranceMarkets / CoveragesRisk

Private flood insurance cited in new emergency management plan

January 28, 2019 by Jason Contant

Federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments could “engage the private sector to develop an affordable private flood insurance model for the entire population, including clear incentives for mitigation of flood risks,” says a newly released emergency management strategy. Ministers have

News Employment

Want a flexible workplace? Throw out the policy guide

January 28, 2019 by Jason Contant

Looking to create a flexible workplace culture? Toss out the rule book and don’t formalize the process, recommends PwC. “A policy guide or a formal program can work against you,” wrote Anne Donovan, the U.S. people experience leader at PwC,

News ClaimsClimate ChangeInsurance

Flood risk guidance for commercial brokers coming soon

January 25, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A standard on flood resiliency for commercial real estate could be coming out this year. The Intact Centre for Climate Adaptation is working on a document intended to help commercial insurance brokers and real estate companies reduce flood risk for

News Climate ChangeConstructionInsurance

Insurer involvement urged in the building code process

January 24, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) want to restore direct insurance industry involvement in the building code process. “At some point in the distant past, perhaps four decades ago or more, the Canadian

News InsuranceMarkets / Coverages

Quebec’s cannabis agency cuts back expansion plans amid shortages

January 24, 2019 Julien Arsenault - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec’s cannabis agency generated about $40 million of sales in its first three months of operation, but supply shortages are forcing the public retailer to reduce its expansion plans. The province expects to have 40 points of sale

News InsuranceLegislation / Regulation

Driverless cars are now allowed on Ontario roads

January 23, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek has announced that, as of Jan. 1, participants in Ontario’s automated vehicle pilot program can test driverless cars on public roadways, under strict conditions. The program’s nine participants – including BlackBerry’s QNX, Magna, Uber and the