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Why home fire risk has increased in Ontario

May 5, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario’s fire marshal says there’s been an increase in fire deaths this year as COVID-19 measures force many people to stay home and do more home cooking. Jon Pegg says there have been 51 fire fatalities between Jan. 1 and

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Report recommends measures to avoid repeat of flooding in Quebec community

May 4, 2020 Stephanie Marin- THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A report into the rupture of a dike in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que., during spring flooding last year suggests several problems including a lack of awareness among the population about the associated risks of living in the area. The report

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Envista Forensics announces noteworthy staffing updates to their Canadian Operations

April 28, 2020 Envista Forensics

TORONTO, ON, APRIL 28, 2020/insPRESS/ – Envista Forensics, a global forensic engineering and consulting firm announces a noteworthy staffing update to their Canadian Operations. Kirsten Hoedlmoser, M.Eng., CHSC, CIH, P.Eng.., has joined Envista’s Toronto office as Envista’s Canadian Technical Lead,

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Afterburn

April 8, 2020 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Home insurers in Quebec may be on the hook for major fire losses on their property policies in the aftermath of an earthquake

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How commercial lease terms affect gas bars’ pollution liability

March 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If a retail gas station has to remove underground tanks and contaminated soil, is the landlord or tenant responsible for the costs? Much of it depends on the terms of the lease and case law around commercial tenants’ trade fixtures,

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The breach from the throne

February 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Faulty toilet supply lines, often the source of six- and seven-figure water claims, are leading to subrogated claims against manufacturers, installers and others involved in the supply chain leading to your clients’ washrooms. The way a toilet works is that

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How much damage a toilet malfunction can cause

February 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Your property client’s flood risk could arise from a weak link in the bathroom. Water damage claims of over $100,000 can result if the supply line feeding water to the toilet breaks, says metallurgist Paul Okrutney, founder of Toronto-based insurtech

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What underwriters can learn from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

February 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Hail is a major driver of insured property damage in Canada, but testing resilience of roofing material by dropping steel balls on it has limited value, a CatIQ Connect speaker suggested Wednesday. Roy Wright, president and CEO of the Insurance

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How this buried oil tank came back to haunt former homeowners

January 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your clients are selling their home, should you ask whether prospective buyers want written assurance that any oil tanks are removed and the soil cleaned up? Scott Warren and Antonia Camille Fantillo sold their home in early 2016. They

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Commercial clients should do this before they leave for the day

January 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Are your clients checking the bathrooms before they leave work for the day? “The last thing you want is to leave someone with access to your property after the doors have been locked,” Northbridge Insurance noted in Closing time: Making

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Why this town is not liable for electric shock hazard at sports field

January 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario municipality was recently found not liable for an electrical hazard created when a light pole at a sports field was struck by lightning, allowing the light to continue functioning while letting current leak into the ground near the

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Unfinished business

January 5, 2020 By Kevin Shipley, Partner, XCG Consulting Limited

Why a winter construction fire should give underwriters pause before covering the risk of unfinished buildings