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Crude production restarts as cool weather saps Canadian wildfire

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 25, 2016 - 10:20am CST

(Reuters) — Some crude oil producers restarted operations on Tuesday in Canada's energy heartland as a mass evacuation of the Fort McMurray, Alberta, oil town entered its fourth week, though cool weather and light winds were helping firefighters dampen the blaze.

Wildfire-sparked evacuation orders lifted at more Canadian work camps

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 23, 2016 - 2:29pm CST

(Reuters) — Authorities in Canada lifted evacuation orders on Monday for more work camps and oil facilities.

Wildfire losses mount as adjusters stand by

By: Rob Lenihan

Published May 22, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Wildfires sweeping through parts of Alberta for weeks are likely to be Canada's costliest catastrophe for property/casualty insurers with estimates of insured losses reaching nearly $7 billion, much of it borne by reinsurers.

OSHA cites organic food company after employee loses fingertips

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published May 19, 2016 - 10:25am CST

U.S. subsidiary of Canada's Nature's Path Foods faces $118,000 in proposed fines.

Concussion lawsuit against NHL can proceed

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 19, 2016 - 9:28am CST

Former professional hockey players are accusing the NHL of failing to protect them from head injuries and concussions.

Insurer group leader fears climate changes to add to Canada disasters

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 18, 2016 - 1:33pm CST

(Reuters) — Canada will have to set aside more money to deal with natural disasters like wildfires, storms and floods as climate change starts to bite, the head of the country’s property insurance industry group said on Wednesday.

Canada oil sands producers disrupted anew as wildfire shifts north

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 17, 2016 - 10:04am CST

(Reuters) — Canadian energy producers were hit with fresh disruptions on Tuesday after a massive wildfire burning around the oil sands hub of Fort McMurray, Alberta, shifted north, forcing the evacuation of about 4,000 people from work camps.

Canadian oil workers prepare for air commutes after wildfire

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 12, 2016 - 10:59am CST

Numerous Fort McMurray, Alberta, oil workers are going to see their commutes change as they are flown in and out of the region for work.

Canadian oilfield workers readying return after wildfire

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 11, 2016 - 2:49pm CST

(Reuters) — Workers for one of the largest oil sands companies affected by a massive wildfire in northern Canada will begin returning to the shuttered facilities on Thursday, a union official said on Wednesday, offering the latest indication that the key petroleum production area was slowly coming back online.

Canadian oil production trickles back as wildfire threat eases

Published May 10, 2016 - 2:41pm CST

(Reuters) — Oil sands companies around the Canadian energy center of Fort McMurray, Alberta, began to resume production on Tuesday after an out-of-control wildfire forced a shutdown a week ago, and energy executives met with province leaders who reported the town was less damaged than first feared.

Wildfires will hit insurers' bottom lines; inspections begin in hard-hit areas

By: Rob Lenihan

Published May 09, 2016 - 2:51pm CST

Wildfires continued to burn Monday in Alberta as rating agencies said what looks to be Canada's worst catastrophe will hit insurer earnings.

Ruling opens debate on handling miscarriage

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published May 08, 2016 - 12:01am CST

An Ontario ruling that miscarriage is a disability may have consequences for all employers with workers in Canada.

Alberta wildfires look to be Canada's worst disaster, among top 10 worldwide

By: Rob Lenihan

Published May 06, 2016 - 2:46pm CST

Wildfires that ravaged the area of Fort McMurray, Alberta, could incur insured losses of at least $7 billion, analysts say.

Convoy leads Canada fire evacuees through burning city to safety

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 06, 2016 - 2:16pm CST

(Reuters) — A convoy of evacuees from the Canadian oil town of Fort McMurray drove through the heart of a massive wildfire on Friday guided by police and military helicopters as they sought to reach safety to the south of the burning city.

Week in pictures

Published May 06, 2016 - 10:38am CST

Wildfires rage in Canada, natural disaster damages jump, automotive recalls gain speed and AIG earnings slump. All in the Business Insurance week in pictures.

Helicopters, trucks set to remove thousands north of Canadian wildfire

By: Thomson Reuters

Published May 06, 2016 - 8:39am CST

Canada's government sent trucks and helicopters on Friday to safely remove thousands of evacuees stranded north of a wildfire in Alberta.

CN Rail struggled with track improvements after fiery derailments

Published May 02, 2016 - 10:53am CST

Canada's biggest railway struggled to keep some heavily used track in adequate repair even after a string of derailments last year.

Third-biggest gold producer says computer network hit by hackers

By: Thomson Reuters

Published April 28, 2016 - 2:32pm CST

(Reuters) — Canada’s Goldcorp Inc. confirmed on Thursday that its computer network had been “compromised” and the gold mining company was working to determine the scope and impact of the data breach.

Crackdown planned on repeat workplace safety violators

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published April 27, 2016 - 2:30pm CST

Regulators could soon have additional tools to enforce safety requirements for employers that repeatedly put workers at risk.

Acquisition expands insurer's presence in Lloyd's syndicates

By: Sarah Veysey

Published April 19, 2016 - 10:46am CST

New York-based AmTrust Financial Services Inc. said Tuesday that it will acquire specialty insurer ANV Holdings B.V. from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for $218.7 million in cash.

Ontario law presumes PTSD compensable for first responders

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published April 07, 2016 - 8:41am CST

Ontario has adopted legislation that would help first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder to access workers comp benefits.

Sexual harassment protection mandate tightens employer obligation in Ontario

By: Gloria Gonzalez

Published April 07, 2016 - 7:59am CST

Employers with Ontario-based employees will have new and potentially costly obligations to protect employees from harassment.

U.S., Canada issue joint alert on 'ransomware' after hospital attacks

By: Thomson Reuters

Published April 01, 2016 - 10:51am CST

(Reuters) — The United States and Canada on Thursday issued a rare joint cyber alert, warning against a recent surge in extortion attacks that infect computers with viruses known as "ransomware," which encrypt data and demand payments for it to be unlocked.

Canadian pension plans' financial health declines in first quarter

By: Thomson Reuters

Published April 01, 2016 - 9:23am CST

(Reuters) — The financial health of Canadian pension funds declined in the first quarter of 2016, affected by volatile currency markets, weakness in equity markets and lower bond yields, Aon-Hewitt said Thursday.

Golf courses' popular beverage carts under drone attack?

Published March 31, 2016 - 9:45am CST

Risk managers the world over are coming to grips with the risks — and opportunities — posed by drone technology.

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