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Welcome to the new era of online flood maps

June 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The organization responsible for flood risk mitigation in and near Kitchener, Ont. is contemplating enabling online access to maps that would let some clients see whether they are in a high-risk flood zone. For the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA),

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How an insurtech uses pre-fill data to a homeowner’s best advantage

June 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

One insurtech based in the United States is pre-filling data in home insurance application forms to help answer questions that customers may not be able to answer themselves. California-based home insurance company Hippo Insurance uses trusted public data sources like

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How the EU’s data privacy law will apply to your Canadian clients

June 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The European Union’s new data privacy law can affect your clients even if they don’t have offices in Europe, a cyber security expert with one of the world’s biggest brokerages warns. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which took effect

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How budget cuts will affect flood risk mitigation

June 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Flood risk mitigation in Ontario could start to depend a lot more on the willingness of corporations and individuals to donate money to the conservation authorities. “The conservation authorities are going to have to make a better case for outreach

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Another small-town Saskatchewan brokerage gets bought by large U.S. firm

June 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Hub International Ltd. has bought its second Saskatchewan property and casualty insurance brokerage in less than a month. Chicago-based Hub said Tuesday it has acquired Kamsack-based Cottenie and Gardner Inc. Kamsack is a town of about 1,800, situated near the

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How warning signs factored in this ski resort’s lawsuit defence

June 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A warning sign and the plaintiff’s work experience were among the reasons a personal injury lawsuit against Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd. has been dismissed. Jason Apps was catastrophically injured while snowboarding in March, 2016 at Grouse Mountain. The ticket

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This commercial line could get a lot more exciting soon

June 4, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Canadian marine insurance market could get a lot more interesting in the next year-and-a-half as major infrastructure projects get underway. “There are more large infrastructure projects on the drawing board and it could be a very interesting 18 months

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Aon appoints president of commercial risk and health solutions in Canada

June 4, 2019 by Jason Contant

Aon plc has appointed Stéphane Lespérance as president of commercial risk and health solutions in Canada. In his new role, Lespérance will be responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the commercial risk and health solution teams in Canada, Aon said

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When ‘residence employee’ is key in home insurance wording

June 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A coverage dispute, arising from severe electric shock injuries to a baby in a rented house, shows disagreement over the exact meaning of “residence employee” in a home insurance policy. Doris Wong and her brother Johnny Wong were sued in

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Is climate change to blame for Alberta wildfires?

June 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

Is climate change causing the massive wildfires that are burning out of control in Alberta, which are now reportedly nearing half the size of the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire? Not on its own, but climate change can mean a fire

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Terrorism is changing. How coverage is following suit

June 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

As the terrorism threat shifts from large-scale attacks to softer targets, coverage options from insurance carriers are evolving as well. Some policies cover incidents when an attacker uses a gun, knife or acid for example, Tarique Nageer, Marsh LLC’s terrorism

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Brokers concerned about blanket approach to binding authority restrictions

May 31, 2019 by Jason Contant

With wildfires raging in northern Alberta and Ontario, brokers are reporting some funky outcomes associated with insurers’ binding authority restrictions. Under the restrictions, brokers cannot bind coverage in areas under civil authority, forest fire alerts, flood alerts and certain earthquake