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Southern New Brunswick still flooded but waters are slowly receding

April 29, 2019 Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Officials in New Brunswick are urging patience while floodwaters are receding, saying there’s a long way to go before the response can become a recovery effort. The province’s Emergency Measures Organization says that while water levels are slowly

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Best incentives to get homeowners to move out of floodplains

April 29, 2019 by Jason Contant

Massive flooding in Quebec has shined the spotlight on suitable incentives that may get homeowners to move out of floodplains. Quebec Premier François Legault said recently that the province will offer a maximum of $100,000 to homeowners dealing with flood

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How much of the Quebec flooding is insurable?

April 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

About one in three Quebec homeowners have overland flood coverage, but that number could be much lower in areas affected by recent floods. In the Montreal suburb of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que., waters from Lake of Two Mountains breached a dike at about

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Supreme Court to consider insurer’s medical examiner defamation suit against lawyer

April 26, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A $15-million defamation lawsuit by a doctor who examines accident benefits claims on behalf of auto insurers is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. The top court announced Thursday it will hear an appeal of Platnick v. Bent, released Aug.

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Proposed auto reforms in Newfoundland ‘don’t go far enough’: IBC

April 25, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If the Newfoundland and Labrador government increases the deductible for pain and suffering awards in auto accident lawsuits, a reduction in claims costs will not necessarily follow, says the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s CEO. Newfoundland and Labrador has had a

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Why this 1997 home fire claim is still active in the courts

April 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

An art appraiser who gave evidence in 2007 at a coverage dispute lawsuit against Chubb Insurance Company of Canada is now suing his former client. Bridgette Sagl’s home in Mississauga, Ont. burned down Dec. 16, 1997. Chubb denied her claim,

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 Out of control Saskatchewan wildfire triggers state of emergency, evacuation

April 23, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

BIGGAR, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s fire commissioner is urging people across the province not to have open fires as a wildfire around the town of Biggar sparked a state of emergency and some evacuations. Duane McKay says crews are assessing what

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Toronto van attack survivor deemed catastrophically injured

April 22, 2019 Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Aleksandra Kozhevnikova doesn’t remember being hit by the van that careened through north Toronto and mowed down pedestrians on a busy thoroughfare last April. Nor does the 92-year-old woman, one of the 16 injured who survived, want to

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Spring melt floods thousands of Quebec homes

April 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

Nearly 2,400 homes in Quebec have been flooded following the spring melt in the province, according to statistics released early Monday morning by the provincial government. The flooding has resulted in the evacuation of more than 1,500 residents. The city

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BMW adds nearly 185,000 vehicles to recall over fire risk

April 18, 2019 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – BMW is adding nearly 185,000 vehicles in the U.S. to a 2017 recall for possible engine fires. Two years ago the company recommended that the vehicles be parked outdoors until problems are fixed. The recall expansion covers a

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This aging infrastructure problem could force residents out of homes

April 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A substantial number of Ontario residents are at risk of becoming temporarily homeless because they live in old high-rise buildings with critical infrastructure that needs to be replaced, a politician told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. “Across Toronto and across Ontario we

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Condo flooding liability 101

April 18, 2019 by David Gambrill

You are the owner of a condo unit. The toilet in the condo unit above you overflows, causing water damage to your ceiling and floor. No, your upstairs neighbour does not have to reimburse you for your $1,000 insurance policy