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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

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By how much did your clients’ auto rates increase last quarter?

January 24, 2019 by David Gambrill

Ontario auto insurance rates increased by an average of 3.35% in the fourth quarter of 2018, with several companies receiving approval for double-digit rate increases, the province’s regulator reported. Overall, 23 insurers representing approximately 51% of the market based on

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Why the global protection gap is the lowest it’s been in 14 years

January 22, 2019 by David Gambrill

Globally, the protection gap in 2018 shrunk to 60% – the lowest level it has been in 14 years, according to a new report on global catastrophes by Aon plc. Extreme weather drove the majority of the globe’s $225-billion worth

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Why CBI insurance is on the rise in Canada

January 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

Contingent business interruption (CBI) insurance is on the rise in Canada, with an increase in both demand and higher limits, says the CEO and chief agent for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Canada. “This is one of the most

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New Brunswick earthquake ‘widely felt’

January 11, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD, N.B. – A minor earthquake rattled windows and knocked dishes off shelves in a small community in southern New Brunswick on Thursday. “It felt like something ran into the building _ it was a big bang,” said Troy

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Public insurer’s Top 5 fraud cases of 2018

January 9, 2019 by Jason Contant

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has released its annual Top 5 list of insurance fraud cases for 2018. The list is compiled based on the unique circumstances of each fraud, financial savings to MPI ratepayer and “investigative excellence in unearthing the

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Massive fire continues on Halifax-bound container ship

January 7, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A second offshore support vessel has arrived off Canada’s east coast to help fight a fire that has been burning for days aboard a large container vessel bound for Halifax. “Several containers are still burning,” Tim Seifert, a

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How not to deal with a ransomware attack

December 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Your client should never have to negotiate with a cyber criminal even if that client has suffered a ransomware attack, cyber security experts advise. Ransomware is a type of computer malware that prevents clients from either using their computers or

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Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

December 17, 2018 Christopher Reynolds - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The flying cars depicted in science fiction classics such as “Blade Runner” and “The Fifth Element” have long been seen as flights of fancy, but their arrival is closer than you think. At least a dozen companies are prototyping or

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How costly is the fire peril for Canadian insurers?

December 13, 2018 by Jason Contant

The traditional fire peril continues to cost Canadian insurers, with fire/explosion accounting for almost a quarter (23%) of commercial claims by value, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) said in its new Global Claims Review report, released Thursday. AGCS analyzed

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Bank robbery involves improvised explosive device

December 13, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Two security guards were injured in an explosion during an overnight armed holdup at a Scotiabank branch in northeast Edmonton. Police at the scene said the guards – a man and a woman employed by GardaWorld – suffered

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How many Canadians actually understand water damage coverage?

December 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

Only about half of Canadians polled by Canada’s third largest insurer understand what kind of water damage is covered by their insurance policy, providing an opportunity for brokers to educate clients on the coverage. “For insurance brokers and agents, understanding