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Wildfires force more people out of their homes in northern Alberta

May 30, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

More people are being forced from their homes as several wildfires rage out-of-control in northern Alberta and blanket areas to the south in an acrid haze. The Alberta government issued an emergency alert early this morning for Chipewyan Lake Village,

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This aspect of automated vehicle technology is confusing your clients

May 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Is it your client’s fault if they got into an accident in a partly-automated vehicle because they failed to understand exactly what the car’s computer could and could not do? “I’m sure it will be fought in court battles over

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Calgary house explosion believed not accidental

May 28, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Documents show that a Calgary house where there was a deadly explosion over the weekend was owned by a couple going through a divorce. Police responded to reports of an explosion on Saturday afternoon and found two people

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Why off-road vehicles could get more mileage in Ontario

May 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If you insure off-road vehicles in Ontario, some of those machines could soon be driven more frequently on the road. Bill 107, which would ease restrictions on driving off-road vehicles on municipal roads, passed second reading and was referred Tuesday

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Where wildfire and flood risk is higher this summer

May 27, 2019 David Friend - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The weather this summer could be starkly different across the country, according to the latest long range forecast from The Weather Network. Chief meteorologist Chris Scott predicts the wet weather that Ontario and Quebec have experienced in May will continue

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How this province is tackling inconsistent adjuster licensing

May 24, 2019 by Jason Contant

Will there soon be a consistent approach to adjuster licensing across Canada? New Brunswick is one province moving towards that goal. Earlier this month, the Insurance Division of New Brunswick’s Financial and Consumer Services Commission released a consultation paper on

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This restoration contracting acquisition should close by summer

May 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

FirstOnSite and Paul Davis will have the same corporate owner if a deal announced Thursday goes through but will operate separately from one another. FirstOnSite Restoration Limited announced May 23 that its corporate parent, Global Restoration Holdings LLC, agreed to

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How Chuckegg Creek Wildfire could affect Canadian insurers

May 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The wildfire affecting northern Alberta is much larger than the one that devastated Slave Lake in 2011 but property losses seemed minimal on Thursday afternoon. “At this point we are hearing there are no major structures that have been lost,”

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Aviva loses $7-million coverage dispute over sexual abuse liability

May 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s top court said today it will not hear an appeal from Aviva Canada of a ruling in favour of a New Brunswick church diocese. L’Évêque catholique romain de Bathurst, a diocese that oversees Roman Catholic parishes in the northeastern

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School bus accident on highway injures 12

May 23, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON -Twelve people, including 11 children, were taken to hospital Thursday after a school bus crash on one of Edmonton’s busiest freeways. Emergency officials said the collision happened at about 8:15 a.m. on Whitemud Drive near the Quesnell Bridge over

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Bartenders’ liability for impaired driving accidents – civil versus criminal

May 22, 2019 Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Legal experts say criminal charges like those laid against a former bar server in connection with a drunk-driving crash that killed two Ottawa-area teens are rare and difficult to prove. Ann Senack, 62, of Greater Madawaska Township, was charged in

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Why your clients may not be covered when there’s an active wildfire

May 21, 2019 by Jason Contant

With wildfire season already underway in Alberta and British Columbia, brokers will be looking at how insurance can help their clients mitigate any losses. But brokers and clients alike may not know that the ability to bind coverage could be