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Quebec warns no emergency shelters for spring flooding amid COVID 19 outbreak

March 17, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec’s public security minister is warning that due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the province will not be able to open emergency shelters in the event of spring flooding. Genevieve Guilbault says the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the

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How liability insurance responds (or not) to COVID-19

March 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your clients are sued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t assume they will be covered by a commercial general liability policy. General liability policies have exclusions; and for COVID-19, the most relevant exclusion is probably pollution, suggested

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How COVID-19 is changing virtual medical assessments

March 16, 2020 by Adam Malik

Virtual medical assessments could play a significant role in keeping the insurance industry moving along during the COVID-19 pandemic. But conducting such procedures will be changing as people are urged to stay home. “COVID-19 has brought this up to the

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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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Why this ski resort’s waiver argument doesn’t cut it with appeal court

March 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia judge should not have used a North Vancouver ski resort’s warning notices to throw a personal injury lawsuit out of court, the province’s appeal court found in a ruling released March 4. In Apps v. Grouse Mountain

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Ingredients are there for N.B. flooding, but too early to forecast: officials

March 10, 2020 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Public safety officials in New Brunswick say people living in flood-prone areas of the province should be prepared for rising waters, but it’s too early to say what this year’s flood season will bring. The province launched its

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How carriers are covering travel insurance in the age of coronavirus

March 9, 2020 by Jason Contant

Carriers who offer travel insurance are taking different approaches to covering trip cancellations in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that claimed its first Canadian victim Monday. Typically, travellers with regular trip cancellation insurance with trips booked before the

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How not to handle a lawsuit alleging historical environmental contamination

March 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers wanting to advise commercial clients on pollution liability risk might learn a lesson or two from London Transit Commission v. Eaton Industries (Canada) Company, released this past Friday by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. London, Ontario’s city bus

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Cause of 2018 Enbridge gas pipeline blast revealed

March 5, 2020 Dan Healing - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – A delayed inspection and a failure to predict how fast cracks could develop from corrosion are cited in a report describing the cause of an explosion and fire in an Enbridge Inc. natural gas pipeline northeast of Prince

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Supreme Court Orphan Well ruling: the impact on brokers one year later

March 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you place pollution liability coverage, you could be hearing from banks and lenders concerned about oil and gas producers potentially going bankrupt. Inquiries about environment impairment liability are on the rise for at least one major Canadian brokerage following

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Snowed Under

March 3, 2020 Naomi Grosman

Canada gets a lot of snow. So why is it so difficult to find snowplow insurance in this country?

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Quebec broker offers his take on one major advantage of the province’s auto insurance model

March 3, 2020 by Jason Contant

While Quebec’s auto insurance model offers low bodily injury compensation amounts, it also limits the amount of fraud in the system, a Quebec broker told Canadian Underwriter Monday. In Quebec, the government’s Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) pays