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Simple ways to keep a roof on during a tornado

August 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and home building company Doug Tarry Homes Ltd. have joined forces for a pilot project on increasing the resilience of homes to high wind and tornado events. High winds contributed in part to

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The new trend for handling disputed property claims

June 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

What happens when your client’s property is damaged and the insurer disagrees with the claimant on how much work is needed to restore it? Some of these claims disputes can result in lawsuits, when the claimant brings the insurer to

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$107-million Saskatchewan oil leak results in guilty plea

June 12, 2019 Colette Derworiz - THE CANADIAN PRESS

LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. – Husky Energy has pleaded guilty in a pipeline leak that sent oil spilling into a major river and fouled the source of drinking water for thousands of people. The spill into the North Saskatchewan River in July

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How kitty litter can impact insured property losses

May 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

While spring rains and thawing have caused overland flooding of Biblical proportions, drain backups are also the bane of some insurers’ existence. In multi-storey commercial and residential buildings, drain backups are the number one cause of damage, said Adam Bartman,

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This Supreme Court ruling could drive environmental insurance sales

March 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers could see more demand for environmental liability insurance because of a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of the Alberta Energy Regulator, a Toronto underwriter suggests. In Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd., the Supreme Court

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Why leaking sewers are contributing to higher flood risk

February 11, 2019 by Jason Contant

Brand new storm and sanitary sewers are leaking water at an unacceptable rate, putting individual homes at higher risk of flooding, a civil engineer said last week at the CatIQ Connect conference in Toronto. “We have allowable leakage, a little

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Experts call for federal investigation of fatal bus crash

January 14, 2019 Alanna Rizza THE CANADIAN PRESS

Experts are calling on the federal transportation safety board to investigate a deadly bus crash in Ottawa to prevent similar incidents from occurring again. Ahmed Shalaby, a civil engineering professor at the University of Manitoba, said the Transportation Safety Board

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Risk factors at Humboldt Broncos crash intersection identified in report

December 12, 2018 Ryan McKenna - THE CANADIAN PRESS

REGINA – A consulting firm says sight lines are a safety concern at the rural intersection where the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash happened. A 70-page safety review done for the Saskatchewan government says a stand of trees, mostly on

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Why this simple collision claim needed multiple forensic reports

November 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A motorist who was successfully sued for rear-ending a vehicle on an icy road has to reimburse the plaintiff $23,000 for forensic engineering reports. Margaret Ozimkowski was driving home from work Jan. 23, 2012 after dusk in freezing rain. She was

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Did settling soil or sudden water leak cause this home damage?

September 8, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A disputed home insurance claim could go to trial because the carrier has accessed 22-year-old court records from the claimant’s divorce. In September, 2009, Douglas Cotter noticed the patio along the front of his Penticton, British Columbia home had shifted.

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Envista Forensics Expands Sales Team in Canada

July 25, 2018 by Ian Portsmouth

TORONTO, July, 19, 2018 /insPRESS/ – Leading Canadian Forensic Consulting firm, Envista Forensics, is pleased to announce the expansion of their national sales team. As part of this exciting growth, Envista Forensics is delighted to announce that Yvonne Hird has