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PACICC to participate in federal government’s review of insolvency legislation next year

April 18, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC) will participate in the federal government’s review of financial sector regulations next year, including the examination of an act that has not “really been reviewed” in more than a century. The Winding-up

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New Ontario financial authority should monitor auto insurers with ‘unusual number’ of LAT appeals: Marshall

April 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Neither the behaviour of personal injury lawyers nor “excess profits” of insurers are to blame for high auto premiums in Ontario, but the government should consider restricting lawyers’ contingency fees, a special advisor to the provincial government suggested in a

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Unlicensed entity selling false proof of auto insurance: FSCO

April 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) has issued a warning to consumers that an organization known as Switzerland Imperial Bank AG, or S I B AG Corporation, is not licensed to conduct insurance business in Ontario. “Switzerland Imperial Bank

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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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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The Government of Manitoba has announced proposed legislation that would reduce outdated, contradictory, complicated or ineffective regulatory requirements imposed on businesses, industry and local governments, provincial Finance Minister Cameron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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Insurance Bureau calls on Ontario to implement file-and-use process for private passenger auto, allow e-signatures

February 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario government should apply a file-and-use process for private passenger auto coverage, Insurance Bureau of Canada suggested in a paper released Monday. Auto insurers’ rate changes are subject to approval by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. FSCO actuaries

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Ontario launches consultations to cut red tape in financial services sector

December 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The province of Ontario is launching consultations until the end of January 2017, asking businesses and the public to help identify and improve regulations that are “unclear, outdated, redundant or unnecessarily costly” for the financial services sector. Feedback can be

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Requirement to cover auto accident benefits is “policy-specific” in Ontario: Court

November 8, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

In a case arising from an injury on an all-terrain vehicle, an Ontario court recently ruled on the interrelationship between the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) and the system of determining priority disputes, between auto insurers, under the province’s Insurance

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Court challenge to Ontario auto dispute resolution system ‘scheduled to proceed’ to hearing Feb. 13

November 4, 2016 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

A constitutional challenge to Ontario’s auto accident benefits dispute resolution system is scheduled for a three-day hearing next February, but the retired judge who recommended that AB disputes go before a public sector administrative tribunal suggested Wednesday that it would

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No Vacancy

September 2, 2016 Glenn Minnis, Manager, Property, Markel

When it comes to “vacant” properties, a number of potential risks and liabilities may come into play. It is critically important to take a wide view when assessing how best to manage and mitigate associated risks. It is also advisable to remember that the longer a property sits idle, the more difficult obtaining coverage may become.

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Single Recovery

May 1, 2016 Matthew Owen, Associate, Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP

In its ruling in Basandra v. Sforza, the Court of Appeal for Ontario upheld decision of a trial judge who reduced a jury’s award, from $105,000 to nil, for past and future attendant care, medical/rehabilitation and housekeeping costs. The decision was made to ensure the plaintiff did not recover from the same losses both from no-fault accident benefits and from a tort award.