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Electronic logs will be mandatory for truck, bus drivers

June 14, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

ETOBICOKE, Ont. – Transport Canada says it will require all commercial drivers to have electronic logging devices – one of the recommendations from a coroner’s report into the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. The federal department says the tamper-resistant devices will

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Regulator greenlights Echelon Insurance acquisition

May 31, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A $166-million deal aimed at getting CAA Insurance some new non-standard auto customers is a done deal. CAA Club Group’s acquisition of Echelon Insurance got final regulatory approval, Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. announced Thursday. The deal officially closed on May

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BrokerLink makes third acquisition in May

May 31, 2019 by Jason Contant

BrokerLink has made its third acquisition in May with the purchase of Alberta independent insurance brokerage Thomson Schindle Green Insurance & Financial Services Ltd. (TSG). With branches in Medicine Hat, Calgary, Brooks, Bassano and Edmonton, TSG has been providing insurance

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Intact’s BrokerLink makes double acquisition

May 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

BrokerLink has announced the acquisition of two brokerages: the Athabasca, Alta. branch of JDR Insurance and Guelph, Ont.-based Amplex Insurance Brokers Ltd. Both transactions were effective May 1 and terms of the transactions were not disclosed, BrokerLink said in a

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Owner of truck in Broncos crash admits to safety offences

March 28, 2019 Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – The owner of the transport truck involved in the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash has admitted he did not follow provincial and federal safety rules in the months leading up to the collision. Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol

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Eight years jail time for truck driver in Broncos bus crash

March 22, 2019 Bill Graveland and Stephanie Taylor - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MELFORT, Sask. _ A truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos crash has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary had pleaded guilty earlier this year to 29 counts of dangerous driving. He stood

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One politician’s idea for reducing the severity of school bus crashes

March 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Seatbelts with shoulder harnesses should be mandatory on all school buses, an opposition member of Ontario’s provincial parliament told Canadian Underwriter Friday. “We should have the use of three-point seat belts on school buses to prevent injury and even death,”

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Multiple trucking violations by Humboldt semi driver noted in government report

January 29, 2019 Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MELFORT, Sask. – A Saskatchewan government report says the driver of a semi-truck should not have been on the road the day he flew through a stop sign and caused a crash with the Humboldt Broncos team bus. The report

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Alberta insurance tech provider acquires Ontario specialty insurer

January 23, 2019 by David Gambrill

Besurance Corporation, a Calgary-based insurance and technology company, has agreed to acquire Fenchurch General Insurance Company, an Ontario-based specialty insurer that offers insurance programs across Canada. Specifically, Fenchurch provides programs in warranty, trucking, surety and accident and sickness. Its products

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Sale of Echelon Insurance to CAA gets shareholder approval

January 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Non-standard auto insurer Echelon Insurance is a step closer to being acquired by The CAA Club Group of Companies. Shareholders of Echelon Financial Holdings Inc. voted Wednesday in favour of the $175 million deal, Echelon said in a release. In

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Jones Brown acquired by large international brokerage

January 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian brokerage Jones Brown Inc. has been acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Itasca, Ill.-based Gallagher announced Tuesday. Jones Brown, which places both commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Hamilton. “The

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Training will be mandatory for semi-truck drivers in this province

December 3, 2018 Ryan McKenna - THE CANADIAN PRESS

REGINA – The Saskatchewan government is introducing mandatory training for semi-truck drivers almost eight months after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Starting in March, drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial license will be required to undergo at least 121.5 hours