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Court ruling calls independence of auto claims dispute arbitrators into question

June 22, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal’s first ruling on whether an auto accident claimant is catastrophically impaired has been quashed by a three-judge Divisional Court panel. The decision-making process at LAT “creates a reasonable apprehension of lack of independence” on the

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ClaimsPro prepares dedicated adjuster team for marijuana legalization

June 22, 2018 by Jason Contant

Independent adjusting company ClaimsPro announced this week that it has prepared a dedicated adjuster team for the cannabis industry, just as Canada moves to legalize marijuana in October. The team will exclusively handle first- and third-party cannabis claims, such as

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Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic Raises over $230,000 at Second Annual PJ Walk

June 22, 2018 by ServiceMaster of Canada Limited

HALIFAX, June 22, 2018 /insPRESS/ – ServiceMaster Restore teamed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities Atlantic again as the presenting sponsor for the PJ Walk for Kids. The event took place on June 10th in four locations – Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton

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Claims professionals speak out amid allegations of contractors providing insurance advice

June 21, 2018 by Jason Contant

Ontario and Quebec’s May 4 windstorm event has the Canadian claims industry talking about the proper roles of contractors and adjusters, based on unconfirmed reports that individual rogue contractors – e.g. not people associated with the larger restoration contracting firms –

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Auto injury lawsuit involving restaurant tip income could reach Canada’s highest court

June 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A Victoria, B.C. auto accident victim who was awarded about a quarter of what she asked for in a lawsuit is hoping to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. A central issue in the case is the verification of

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The province said to lead Canada in physical flood defences

June 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Half a century after the completion of the Red River Floodway, Manitoba still provides the best examples of overland flood defence work in Canada, the founder of a property loss think tank suggests. The Manitoba government estimates that the Red

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Lightning sparks more than 100 wildfires in B.C., further storms expected

June 21, 2018 The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service says more than 100 new blazes started after lightning storms rolled across the province Wednesday. Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says 113 fires have recorded, most of them due to lightning, and

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Is the sun setting on auto insurance in Canada?

June 20, 2018 by David Gambrill

Is the sun setting on auto insurance as a dominant line of business in Canada? Property lines premium is catching up to auto insurance premiums, causing many to predict that auto insurance will recede in the rearview mirror over the

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Recreational marijuana to be legal by mid-September

June 20, 2018 Joan Bryden - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana by mid-September at the latest after the Senate voted Tuesday to lift almost a century-old prohibition on cannabis. Senators voted 52-29, with two abstentions, to pass Bill

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Sedgwick announces new leadership appointments for Canada to accelerate growth in the market

June 20, 2018 by Sedgwick

TORONTO, June 20, 2018 /insPRESS/ – Sedgwick, a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk, benefits and integrated business solutions, has announced several leadership appointments within its Canadian business. The aim of the appointments is to drive growth in this key

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Oil sands firm could get green light for random drug and alcohol testing

June 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling opens the door to random drug and alcohol testing of Alberta oil sands workers operating heavy equipment. The outcome will no doubt affect some risk managers because employers can be held responsible for

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How training plays into claims adjusting during back-to-back cats

June 19, 2018 by Jason Contant

When Canada experiences back-to-back catastrophes, it can be a challenge to pull together all the required resources in a timely fashion. Part of the puzzle is ensuring that claims adjusters and other parties are properly trained for the files they