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Waters to rise again in Ottawa area, even as N.B. turns to flood recovery mode

May 10, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Water levels are expected to rise again this weekend between Ottawa and Montreal, even as New Brunswick’s floods are effectively over. Officials warned late Thursday that “significant” rainfall is expected to raise water levels in the Ottawa/Gatineau area down to

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What’s closed in Victoria after commercial fire

May 9, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA, B.C. – Days after flames tore through a vacant hotel in Victoria, one man is still missing and smoke lingers, forcing the closure of city hall and several other businesses. The fire in the former Victoria Plaza Hotel has

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A major risk factor in children being hit by cars

May 8, 2019 Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A new study suggests children from poorer areas of Ontario face a greater risk of getting hit by vehicles than those from wealthier areas, possibly because they are more likely to walk to school alone. The study – conducted by

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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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Is sinkhole damage covered under a standard home insurance policy?

May 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to include additional comments.   Is damage from a sinkhole covered under a standard homeowner’s policy? “Earth movement” is typically excluded under a standard policy, but an earthquake endorsement may provide coverage. The

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At least 150 firefighters respond to Toronto school blaze

May 7, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A large fire at a Toronto high school caused part of the building’s roof to collapse, forced area residents from their homes and sent large plumes of smoke over the neighbourhood, authorities said Tuesday as crews worked to

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‘It’s triage now’: Cottage Country brokers deal with flood fallout

May 6, 2019 by Adam Malik

Brokers in Ontario’s Muskoka region are calling the recent flooding event the worst disaster they’ve ever seen. Both Stephen Darling, president at A.W. Shiers Insurance Brokers, and Adam Caswell, owner of Hutcheson Reynolds & Caswell, said damage is greater and

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Health and safety inspection teams head to flood affected zones in New Brunswick

May 3, 2019 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Health and safety inspection teams are fanning out across flood-affected regions of New Brunswick, assessing homes and businesses that are still drying out amid receding floodwaters. New Brunswick’s Emergency Measures Organization says the teams will inspect electrical systems

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Health Canada warns mould is a serious concern in flood hit homes

May 2, 2019 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Health Canada is warning of the dangers of mould in homes and cottages hit by this year’s spring flooding. Federal biologist Francis Lavoie says it’s important to dry wet walls and belongings within 48 hours, but that’s not always possible

News ClaimsLegal

Why this claimant cannot sue over auto collision

May 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A motorist should have known he was listed by his insurer as an excluded driver, an Ontario court has ruled. Johnathon Trudeau filed a lawsuit against David Cavanagh as a result of a 2013 vehicle collision in Espanola. Trudeau also

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How Quebec floods are challenging adjusters

May 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Many homes flooded in Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que. will be total losses and may not have overland flood coverage, a vice president for an independent adjusting firm suggests. Claims adjusting firm ClaimsPro is involved in about 2,000 flood claims from April in

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Regulator allows out-of-province adjusters into Quebec

May 1, 2019 by Jason Contant

Quebec’s financial regulator has temporarily relaxed some of its rules to allow out-of-province adjusters into the province to help deal with a large number of claims. The Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) announced the change before the province began experiencing