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Looking into the Crystal Ball
by Christian Bieck

Are you interested in knowing the future? I certainly would - the more accurate, the better. (Next week’s winning lottery numbers, anyone?) Unfortunately, as the old Danish proverb goes, “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future

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Flood apparently trumps fire
by Glenn McGillivray

The Fort McMurray wildfire will end up costing government (read: taxpayers) and insurers considerably more than the flooding in southern Alberta in 2013. However, it appears to be the flood that is having – and will continue to have - the longest las

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Coffee Cup Coverage Case Causes Concern
by Daniel Strigberger

I recently read a Superior Court decision about a woman who burned herself with hot coffee at a McDonald’s drive-through. Sound familiar? This case has nothing to do with the notorious hot coffee tort case in the U.S. that made headlines many y

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Post-Social Media: The Emergence of Platform Strategy
by Catherine Smola

As technology evolves quickly, the terminology to describe it – and the ways in which we implement it – evolves even faster. Remember when the insurance industry first discussed “digital strategies,” only to be told shortly thereafter that beca

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Thinking — it’s mission critical
by Peter Hohman

Critical thinking is key to success in today’s knowledge-based economy. Good, creative thinking and clear analysis can be the difference between a huge commercial success and a business venture doomed to extinction. Elaine Pohl of SGI Canad

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ATVs, Automobiles, and Jurisdictions (Oh My!)
by Daniel Strigberger

Does an ATV become an “automobile” under Ontario insurance law if it is involved in an accident outside Ontario? In Benson v. Belair, an Ontario resident fell off the back of an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) in Fort Nelson, British Columbia. He sust

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Alberta is already preparing for wildfire season. Why?
by Glenn McGillivray

It’s early March and Alberta has already ramped-up preparations for the 2017 wildfire season. Indeed, the province - through an amended Forest and Prairie Protection Act - has codified the start of wildfire season as March 1. According to the Whitec

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Fintechs as a potential disruptor or enabler for the insurance industry
by Peter Morris

Whenever a new technology emerges, there is always the question as to whether it will assist or threaten existing industries. With the surge in activity from fintechs, the property and casualty insurance industry is facing this question on a number of

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Say “Happy Valentine’s Day”​ the Smart Way!
by Daniel Strigberger

I don't think there's a better way to say "I love you" than to give that special someone their very own copy of Auto Insurance Coverage Law in Ontario. For those dark and lonely nights when your loved one wants to read about the meaning of "accident

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Digitization: “Get a horse!”
by Steve Kaukinen

“Get a horse!” people would yell in the early 1900’s as motorized vehicles were starting to gain in popularity. The majority of the population would not believe or could not understand that the trusted horse used for over 1,000 years could be dis