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Why liability insurance did not cover the defence of a remediation order

June 18, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An eastern Ontario municipality does not have coverage with any of its four former liability insurers for a dispute with the provincial environment ministry over alleged pollution occurring more than six decades ago. That’s because the insurance policies in question

The small town of Okotoks was hit hard by the June floods of 2013, with the river valley rushing and raging through wiping out pedestrian bridges, campgrounds, river banks and pathways.
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Progress report: Canada-wide flood mapping is well underway

June 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A nationwide estimate of coastal, pluvial, and fluvial flood hazard is one part of the ongoing effort to come up with a national approach to insuring or re-locating homes at high risk of flood, a federal government official suggests. Flood

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Restoration firms beware: Did clients authorize payment for your work?

June 14, 2021 by David Gambrill

A recent flood damage claim in B.C. speaks to the importance of getting in writing from clients exactly what restoration services have been authorized for payment, be it a repair or a full investigation into the cause of the water

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Where Canada sits with national low-cost residential flood insurance 

June 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Six possible flood insurance models for homes at high risk of flood are about to go through an actuarial review, a federal government official suggests. The Task Force on Flood Insurance and Relocation is going to hand off those possible

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In pollution claim, ‘sudden’ could mean several months, court finds

June 8, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurance coverage for a “sudden and accidental” release of diesel fuel can include a discharge that continued over several months, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has ruled in a commercial coverage dispute. As a result of Zurich Insurance Company

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Tribunal sides with Intact in home insurance co-payment spat

June 3, 2021 by David Gambrill

A B.C. homeowner who is listed along with a second person on his home insurance policy has lost his bid to have Intact issue him a payment directly for his own personal items damaged in a flood, instead of issuing

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Insurers faced with barrage of COVID-19 coverage disputes

June 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

More than a dozen coverage disputes arising from business interruption from lockdowns and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic are making their way through Ontario courts. Law firm McCarthy Tetrault has served 17 individual statements of claim with the Ontario Superior

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A drastic (but effective) way to keep water out of the basement  

June 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A foundation membrane could cost a homeowner client $15,000, and it is probably not something your clients should try installing themselves, but it is “often the most effective method” of waterproofing a basement, a Bobvila.com author suggests. A foundation membrane

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How video conferencing misbehaviour creates commercial liability risk

June 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Inappropriate behaviour during video conferences can lead to employment practices liability claims, an expert with The Travelers Companies Inc. warns. New York City-based Travelers is observing “Zoom etiquette claims,” said the insurer’s employment practices liability product manager, Chris Williams, during

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Restoration firm suing DKI Canada over termination of agreement

May 30, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Restoration firm DKI Canada Ltd. is being sued in British Columbia by Coquitlam-based Canstar Restorations Limited Partnership, a former member of the DKI network. Allegations in the lawsuit have not been proven in court. Until 2020, Canstar was operating multiple

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Appeal court rules for insurers in handling of HST in auto AB claims

May 27, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurance claimants cannot take insurers directly to court over how carriers treat sales tax on accident benefits claims, the province’s appeal court has ruled. This is because the province’s Licence Appeal Tribunal, not the Superior Court of Justice,

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Why your clients could expect price reductions in home insurance

May 25, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If insurers can achieve combined ratios of less than 80% in personal property, homeowners should expect to see lower prices and possibly even rebates, the CEO of LowestRates.ca suggests. “For consumers, if insurance companies are making money, then it means