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Your drunk client arrives home safely. Why your exposure does not end there

January 24, 2019 by Jason Contant

Social hosts owe a duty of care beyond the time when an intoxicated guest returns home safely, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has ruled in a recent decision. In more intimate settings, there is an enhanced risk, and therefore

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One cannabis risk that seems under the radar

January 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

With the legalization of recreational marijuana, more needs to be done to warn people of the health risks, including psychosis, a speaker told insurance claims professionals Tuesday. “One of the things I am most disappointed about is that, in the

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Trial required to confirm insured’s cash payment to broker, court finds

January 23, 2019 by David Gambrill

A dispute between an auto insurance claimant and a carrier over whether or not the claimant paid her broker in cash to update an auto policy is a genuine matter for trial, an Ontario court has ruled. Marie-Therese Dakane brought

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Where the claims industry stands on flexible workplace conditions

January 22, 2019 by Canadian Underwriter

Editor’s Note:  This version of the story clarifies that previous remarks attributed to Glen Hopkinson were not intended in any way to be interpreted as connected to the merger of AXA and XL Catlin. His remarks were intended to refer

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How subrogated claim leads to landmark win for Guarantee

January 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A $1.9-million surety bond claim has resulted in a landmark court decision in favour of The Guarantee Company of North America. A-1 Asphalt Maintenance Ltd. went bankrupt in 2014. At that time it was a contractor on four road-paving projects in

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How mixing marijuana and alcohol may lead to more settlements

January 18, 2019 by Jason Contant

With recreational marijuana legal in Canada since Oct. 17, 2018, social hosts and bars will need to pay attention to liability arising from people who are intoxicated by both marijuana and alcohol. Traditional liquor liability cases can be complicated enough

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An adjuster’s take on the hazards of cannabis edibles

January 14, 2019 by Jason Contant

Edibles containing cannabis are expected to become legal in Canada later this year, so insurance professionals are encouraging social hosts and commercial establishments to ensure their guests are consuming these products responsibly. With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada

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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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How emergency generators can help reduce insured losses

January 11, 2019 by Jason Contant

Emergency generators not only temporarily provide electricity during a power outage, but can also mitigate property damage and help reduce insured losses, says a new report from the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR). These generators can help reduced insured

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How boating accident sparked dispute between insurers

January 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A court decision released this past Wednesday clarifies what should happen if your client is sued and covered by more than one insurance company. Melissa Shawbonquit filed a lawsuit after she was injured in a boating accident in July 2016.

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New Brunswick earthquake ‘widely felt’

January 11, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD, N.B. – A minor earthquake rattled windows and knocked dishes off shelves in a small community in southern New Brunswick on Thursday. “It felt like something ran into the building _ it was a big bang,” said Troy

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How waivers of liability could be harder to enforce

January 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada could make a landmark decision on whether clients facing personal injury lawsuits can enforce waivers in court. In Schnarr v. Blue Mountain Resorts Limited, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled in early 2018 that for