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No ‘silver bullet’ for bus passenger safety: Commons committee

June 13, 2019 Teresa Wright - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A committee of MPs who probed bus-passenger safety in Canada has decided not to call for seatbelts to be installed in Canadian school buses, urging further study instead. The House of Commons transportation committee launched an investigation into

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Why off-road vehicles could get more mileage in Ontario

May 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you insure off-road vehicles in Ontario, some of those machines could soon be driven more frequently on the road. Bill 107, which would ease restrictions on driving off-road vehicles on municipal roads, passed second reading and was referred Tuesday

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School bus accident on highway injures 12

May 23, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON -Twelve people, including 11 children, were taken to hospital Thursday after a school bus crash on one of Edmonton’s busiest freeways. Emergency officials said the collision happened at about 8:15 a.m. on Whitemud Drive near the Quesnell Bridge over

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How this property restoration firm got in and out of trouble

May 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A restoration contractor whose employee drove a company vehicle with a suspended licence is getting its truck back from police impoundment. A man identified as “C.S.” was pulled over in Barrie late Friday evening March 15 while driving a  2017

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BFL Canada acquires B.C. brokerage

May 15, 2019 by Jason Contant

Large commercial brokerage BFL Canada announced Tuesday the acquisition of British Columbia-based Summit Insurance Brokers Inc. Summit, based in Prince George, was founded in the late 1990s and brings expertise in industrial, commercial and farm risks to BFL Canada. Summit

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How ride-sharing insurance on leased vehicles will change in this province

May 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Limiting financial risk to firms that lease out vehicles used for ride sharing is one aim of legislation before Ontario law makers. Right now, the Insurance Act has limits on lessors’ vicarious liability but it “does not account for the

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Waters to rise again in Ottawa area, even as N.B. turns to flood recovery mode

May 10, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Water levels are expected to rise again this weekend between Ottawa and Montreal, even as New Brunswick’s floods are effectively over. Officials warned late Thursday that “significant” rainfall is expected to raise water levels in the Ottawa/Gatineau area down to

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An explainer on the Ontario government’s move to review highway speed limits

May 6, 2019 Adam Burns - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario’s government plans to launch a review of speed limits on provincial highways, with the transportation minister musing that some of those roads can safely handle traffic at 120 kilometres per hour. Here’s a look at the context

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Hub acquires full-service Saskatchewan brokerage

May 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

Global insurance brokerage Hub International announced Monday it has acquired the assets of Saskatchewan brokerage Kelliher Agencies. Headquartered in Kelliher, Sask., the brokerage is a full-service, independent insurance brokerage that provides personal, commercial, farm and specialty products insurance. “Its focus

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Southern New Brunswick still flooded but waters are slowly receding

April 29, 2019 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Officials in New Brunswick are urging patience while floodwaters are receding, saying there’s a long way to go before the response can become a recovery effort. The province’s Emergency Measures Organization says that while water levels are slowly

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Rising Saint John River frustrating swath of southern New Brunswick

April 24, 2019 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Thane Mallory says the picturesque water view out the back window is what keeps him going back every day to Gulliver’s World Cafe, his restaurant in Gagetown, N.B. “I wake up every morning and look out the back

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Is the industry taking a consistent approach to overland flood coverage?

April 23, 2019 by Jason Contant

Are carriers taking a consistent approach to covering overland flood? The flood waters sweeping across New Brunswick and Quebec have brought the issue to the forefront. In general, overland flood was not covered in Canada until 2015; only sewer backup