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We will get more cases’; Calgary implements state of emergency over COVID 19

March 16, 2020 Bill Graveland -  THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – The City of Calgary is in a local state of emergency to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Downtown streets were mostly empty Monday and traffic was light as many Calgarians heeded public warnings about the novel coronavirus

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One business interruption risk from COVID-19 that your clients may overlook

March 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Will your business get interrupted because people working from home due to COVID-19 cannot log into their computer systems? “If you are asking staff to work from home, make sure that the technology systems to enable them to do that can

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Court approves settlement for women suing RCMP over discrimination

March 11, 2020 Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A group of women won final court approval on Tuesday for their multimillion-dollar class action against the RCMP over gender-based abuse and discrimination. The open-ended settlement will allow each plaintiff to claim between $10,000 and $220,000 – depending

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Northbridge reveals your client’s biggest risk of commercial property water damage

March 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Improper installation of pipes and connections is one of the biggest risks your clients face when it comes to water losses, Northbridge Insurance suggests. “Most water damage losses occur as a result of faulty workmanship. If contractors improperly install pipes

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Ingredients are there for N.B. flooding, but too early to forecast: officials

March 10, 2020 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Public safety officials in New Brunswick say people living in flood-prone areas of the province should be prepared for rising waters, but it’s too early to say what this year’s flood season will bring. The province launched its

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How not to handle a lawsuit alleging historical environmental contamination

March 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers wanting to advise commercial clients on pollution liability risk might learn a lesson or two from London Transit Commission v. Eaton Industries (Canada) Company, released this past Friday by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. London, Ontario’s city bus

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Ontario unveils new flooding strategy, but minister mum on funding

March 9, 2020 Allison Jones - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario’s new flooding strategy is focusing on increasing public awareness and preparedness, but it’s not clear if it will come with any new funding. Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski announced in Minden, Ont., that the strategy builds on the recommendations

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Three strategies to help insurance pros deal with coronavirus anxiety

March 6, 2020 by Jason Contant

With the number of coronavirus cases increasing in Canada and “coronavirus anxiety” now a reality, there are some strategies insurance professionals can take to ensure their teams continue to collaborate effectively and maintain momentum in the business. Among those strategies

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Canadian military equipment vulnerable to cyberattacks, officials say

March 6, 2020 Lee Berthiaume - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada and the United States are working together to make their high-tech military equipment less hackable, top defence officials said in Ottawa Thursday, but they have a lot of work to do. Speaking to the Ottawa Conference on

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Why this religious organization wants to appeal sexual abuse lawsuit

March 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A corporate defendant found vicariously liable in a multi-million-dollar sexual abuse lawsuit wants to go to the Supreme Court of Canada and seek a new jury trial, a lawyer in MacLeod v. Marshall told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. In 2018, a

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Why more insurance reciprocals could form in Canada

March 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Don’t be surprised if more reciprocals and self-insured pools emerge, a past president of the RIMS Canada Council suggests. “In some cases, pools and reciprocals will become popular if this market stays hard,” said Tina Gardiner, a Canadian member of

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Cause of 2018 Enbridge gas pipeline blast revealed

March 5, 2020 Dan Healing - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – A delayed inspection and a failure to predict how fast cracks could develop from corrosion are cited in a report describing the cause of an explosion and fire in an Enbridge Inc. natural gas pipeline northeast of Prince