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Truck fire in Nova Scotia turns propane cylinders into projectiles

June 25, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

DEBERT, N.S. – A cleanup is underway in Debert, N.S., after a transport truck carrying over 1,000 propane cylinders caught fire. Nobody was injured in Sunday’s blaze on the Plains Road, which turned a large number of the nine-kilogram cylinders

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Why home fire risk has increased in Ontario

May 5, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario’s fire marshal says there’s been an increase in fire deaths this year as COVID-19 measures force many people to stay home and do more home cooking. Jon Pegg says there have been 51 fire fatalities between Jan. 1 and

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Commercial clients should do this before they leave for the day

January 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Are your clients checking the bathrooms before they leave work for the day? “The last thing you want is to leave someone with access to your property after the doors have been locked,” Northbridge Insurance noted in Closing time: Making

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Why this $3-million subrogated fire claim against corporate tenant failed

December 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled against an insurer in finding the parent company of a restaurant intentionally set on fire is not liable. In Austeville Properties Ltd. v. Josan, a ruling in a subrogated $3-million claim released

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Thousands displaced by this apartment fire won’t go home this year

November 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than 1,000 residents displaced by a major electrical fire in 2018 will not be moving back into their apartment building this year. A fire broke out Aug. 21, 2018 in the electrical room of 650 Parliament Street, a high-rise

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What surprised forensic engineers about massive Toronto propane explosions

October 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

After the deadly Sunrise Propane explosions caused a massive evacuation in north Toronto, the central focus of regulators came as a surprise to some engineers who investigate such disasters. Pumping propane from one truck to another was identified as a

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Fire damages historic Winnipeg building that’s being turned into a hotel

October 1, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Firefighters were forced to remain outside a blaze at a historic Winnipeg highrise on Sunday due to renovations that have been underway to turn the building into a Hyatt Place hotel. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to

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Multiple homes evacuated after Winnipeg fire destroys warehouse

July 22, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – A central Winnipeg warehouse that covers a full city block has been destroyed by an overnight fire. Emergency officials say the flames had spread through a large part of the building by the time crews arrived shortly before

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Extensive fire damage to 29-unit PEI apartment building

July 18, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

CHARLOTTETOWN – A pre-dawn fire has extensively damaged a three-storey apartment building in downtown Charlottetown displacing more than 50 people. The Canadian Red Cross says most of the tenants in the 29-unit complex on 10 Harley Street are seniors. The

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Cool weather calms B.C. wildfire, traffic disrupted

June 24, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A small wildfire is burning just above the highway connecting Vancouver and Whistler. The fire along Highway 99, the Sea-to-Sky corridor, broke out early Sunday morning on a steep, rocky slope between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay. The

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Quebec’s third biggest P&C insurer working on merger

June 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

La Capitale General Insurance and LEDOR Assurances could combine if a plan announced Wednesday is approved by regulators. The two property and casualty insurers “have embarked on an initiative to amalgamate,” Quebec City-based La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services said

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This social media risk lacks a mainstream insurance product

June 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Want to place insurance that covers a client whose revenue suddenly plummets because of a disinformation campaign? This might be easier said than done, but one commercial insurer with a Canadian branch is hoping to change this. Right now, there