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B.C. cancels wildfire state of emergency, thousands still evacuated

September 7, 2018 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government has cancelled the state of emergency it declared in August when hundreds of wildfires engulfed the province. The government says cooler weather and progress in containing the forest fires means the powers granted under

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MGB Claims Consultants Inc. Welcomes Casualty Leader Colleen West to the Toronto Team

September 7, 2018 by rosemary

TORONTO, ON September 7, 2018 /insPRESS/ – It is with great pleasure that MGB Claims Consultants Inc. announce Colleen West joined the firm effective August 27, 2018 in the role of Senior General Adjuster.  Colleen is a seasoned casualty adjuster well

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Summer storms in this Canadian region cost over $200 million in insured damage

September 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

Summer storms across the Prairies have caused more than $200 million in insured damage so far this year. This brings total weather-related insured damage on the Prairies to $464 million since May 2017. The numbers from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification

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Cannabis legalization raises questions on host liability

September 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The legalization of marijuana next month leaves some key questions for commercial clients who serve alcohol. “What if an individual comes in already smelling of marijuana and the bartender is unsure what their level of impairment is?” asked Mouna Hanna, 

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How carriers envision the future of independent claims adjusters

September 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Despite increased costs of outsourcing claims adjustment, an extreme wind event this past May serves as a reminder that insurers will continue to need independent claims adjusters and brokers should be prepared to field calls from claimants. The future of

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Crawford Acquires JDS Adjusters Ltd.

September 4, 2018 Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc.

TORONTO, September 4, 2018 /insPRESS/ – Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of James, Dube, Spraggs Adjusters Ltd. (JDS Adjusters Ltd.), with locations in Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba, effective August 31, 2018. The acquisition supports Crawford’s strategic endeavour to

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The absurd effect of commerce law on claims adjusting

September 1, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

It is easier for Canadian insurance companies to bring in adjusters from the United States than to move Canadian adjusters from one province to another, due in part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), speakers said at the

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How these independent claims adjusters lost their jobs

August 30, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Some employees of Canadian independent adjusting firms have been shown the door due to bad behaviour that the #MeToo movement is bringing to the forefront, company CEOs said at the recent Canadian Claims Summit. In terms of harassment in the

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15,000 still without power following heavy rain storm

August 30, 2018 The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – About 15,000 Hydro Quebec customers were still without electricity this morning after heavy rain and strong winds caused damage to power lines Wednesday. The utility says its crews worked through the night to restore power to 90 per

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The trade-off to using artificial intelligence to speed up claims

August 29, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian insurers wanting to handle claims like Lemonade are going to have to accept some trade-offs, a Claims Summit speaker said Tuesday. New York City-based Lemonade Insurance Company uses artificial intelligence and says it can handle some claims in three

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Liability risk for private pot retailers

August 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Your retail client could be at risk of a lawsuit if it starts selling cannabis, but the exposure may not be the same as the liability risk of a bar serving alcohol, an insurance defence lawyer suggests. Whether a retailer

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B.C. wildfire season now second worst in province’s history

August 27, 2018 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – A year after the single worst season for wildfires in British Columbia’s history, government statistics indicate the 2018 wildfire season has already reached the second-worst mark, burning more than 9,450 square kilometres of land so far. That should