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Marijuana legalization to offer pot by mail, access to banks

June 26, 2018 Gene Johnson - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mail-order weed? You betcha! With nationwide marijuana legalization in Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up differently there than the way it was established in nine U.S. states that have similarly broad legalization. Age limits, government involvement in

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The thinking behind BFL’s ‘turnkey solution’ for cyber clients

June 25, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers looking to sell cyber insurance to commercial clients should be looking to partner with non-insurance firms specializing in security and risk assessment, one Quebec-based broker advises. “Brokers need to look at not just selling insurance but partnering, and how

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Human driver distracted before fatal autonomous Uber crash

June 22, 2018 Tom Krisher and Jacques Billeaud - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHOENIX – The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show “The Voice” and looking downward just before fatally striking a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix, according to a police report. The 300-page report released Thursday

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Join WICC’s Golf Beach Party on July 11

June 20, 2018 WICC Ontario

TORONTO, June 20, 2018 /insPRESS/ – WICC Ontario’s Golf Fundraiser takes place again at the beautiful Angus Glen Golf Club. In our 19th year, we have something enjoyable for everyone! Get into our BEACH THEME and wear your best Hawaiian

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Oil sands firm could get green light for random drug and alcohol testing

June 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling opens the door to random drug and alcohol testing of Alberta oil sands workers operating heavy equipment. The outcome will no doubt affect some risk managers because employers can be held responsible for

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Get ready for the ‘internet of cows’: Farmers use technology to shake up agriculture

June 19, 2018 Ross Marowits - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Get ready for the “internet of cows.” Generations of farmers have relied on knowledge and family expertise to grow food, but the sector is set for a surge of disruption at the hands of made-in-Canada artificial intelligence-powered systems.

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The Digital Future of Insurance: Is Risk Passé?

June 19, 2018 Insurance-Canada.ca

TORONTO, June 19, 2018 /insPRESS/ – Risk is not passé just yet, but it is changing dramatically, and as it evolves in nature, insurance participants themselves are at risk. Don’t move too slowly – or too quickly! – but not

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Chris Giffin sells interest in 30 Forensic Engineering, stepping down as CEO

June 18, 2018 by Jason Contant

30 Forensic Engineering’s senior leadership team has acquired the firm, the company formerly known as Giffin Koerth announced Monday. As part of the “evolution and growth strategy of the organization,” founding partner Chris Giffin has agreed to sell his interest in

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One way of predicting whether a computer will take your job

June 15, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Despite a general consensus that many insurance tasks traditionally performed by humans will soon be done by computers, software still lacks some key human attributes, speakers said Wednesday at an industry panel. “If you are good at following and memorizing

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Regulator says company had legal obligation to fix and maintain rail line

June 15, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Federal regulators have ruled that the owners of a broken rail line to Churchill were wrong not to repair the line that kept the northern Manitoba community connected to the outside world. The Canadian Transportation Agency says the

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‘Spikes’ in marijuana use found after legalization

June 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Will the legalization of recreational marijuana encourage some Canadians to start using pot? In jurisdictions where cannabis has been legalized “we see spikes in use at the onset of sales,” Lewis Koski, former director of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division,

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A new tool for small businesses in the fight against cybercrime

June 14, 2018 by Jason Contant

The federal government has unveiled its National Cyber Security Strategy, with which it will establish a voluntary, recognizable certification intended to enable small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to demonstrate to both businesses and consumers that they meet a baseline set