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Supreme Court of Canada bars lawsuits against hospital, police by auto accident victims compensated by SAAQ

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An auto accident victim who is compensated by Quebec’s public automobile insurance plan cannot sue a third party for an “aggravated” or “separate” aspect of the injury, provided there is a “plausible, logical and sufficiently close link” between the accident

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Saskatchewan government announces steps to improve pipeline regulations following 2016 Husky spill

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of Saskatchewan has announced steps to improve pipeline regulations after the completion of its investigation into last July’s Husky pipeline oil spill. Energy and Resources Minister Dustin Duncan announced last week that the Ministry of the Economy had

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TSB reiterates recommendation to require all fishing vessels have anti-exposure worksuits or survival suits

March 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal agency responsible for investigating boating accidents reiterated this week a warning that many small fishing vessels are permitted to operate in cold waters without anti-exposure worksuits or survival suits. In March, 2016, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada

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Present Canadian approach to wildland/urban interface fires requires “radical and sweeping strategic shift”: ICLR

March 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The present Canadian approach to wildland/urban interface fires requires a “radical and sweeping strategic shift,” the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) said in a newly released report into the Fort McMurray wildfire. The final report was titled Why some

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Ottawa plans to eliminate tax exemption for farm property insurers, amend anti-money laundering laws

March 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The federal government said Wednesday it is proposing to eliminate a tax exemption introduced in 1954 for insurance carriers providing property insurance for farming and fishing properties. In its budget document, the ruling Liberals suggested they want to give the

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BHSI launches professional liability, network security and privacy policy in Canada

March 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has introduced a product designed to address the needs of a variety of enterprises, from systems integrators to telecommunications providers to IT staffing firms. The Professional First Professional Liability and Network Security & Privacy Policy,

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Government of Manitoba announces legislation to reduce red tape imposed on businesses, industry and local governments

March 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Manitoba has announced proposed legislation that would reduce outdated, contradictory, complicated or ineffective regulatory requirements imposed on businesses, industry and local governments, provincial Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said last week. Friesen said in a statement that the

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Uber self-driving cars are coming back to California roads

March 10, 2017 The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Uber’s self-driving cars will return to California’s streets, though the ride-hailing company doesn’t immediately plan to pick up passengers. Uber received a permit Wednesday to test two Volvo SUVs on public roads, the California Department of Motor

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Ontario private member’s bill proposes 15% cap on personal injury lawyers’ contingency fees

March 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A bill tabled Wednesday in the Ontario legislature, by a backbench Liberal MPP, would limit lawyers’ contingency fees in the province, for personal injury claims, to 15%. If passed into law, Bill 103 would stipulate that “contingency fees be capped

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Ridesharing anticipated in B.C. by “end of 2017,” province unveils measures to help taxi industry modernize

March 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of British Columbia announced on Tuesday a series of improvements for the taxi industry in anticipation of “ride-sharing services coming to British Columbia by the holiday season at the end of 2017,” including improving certain insurance products, potentially

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ICBC, B.C. government and police unite for enforcement crackdown on distracted driving

March 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), the provincial government and police across B.C. are joining forces in March to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of distracted driving. “Despite tougher penalties and increased education, distracted driving still contributes

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Garneau calls for tough national standard for distracted drivers using cellphones

March 3, 2017 Ross Marowits - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Transport Minister Marc Garneau is calling for the creation of a tough national standard to penalize distracted drivers using their cellphones on the road. Garneau said Wednesday that having consistent national rules with stiffer fines and demerit points