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How boating accident sparked dispute between insurers

January 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A court decision released this past Wednesday clarifies what should happen if your client is sued and covered by more than one insurance company. Melissa Shawbonquit filed a lawsuit after she was injured in a boating accident in July 2016.

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New Brunswick earthquake ‘widely felt’

January 11, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD, N.B. – A minor earthquake rattled windows and knocked dishes off shelves in a small community in southern New Brunswick on Thursday. “It felt like something ran into the building _ it was a big bang,” said Troy

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How waivers of liability could be harder to enforce

January 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada could make a landmark decision on whether clients facing personal injury lawsuits can enforce waivers in court. In Schnarr v. Blue Mountain Resorts Limited, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled in early 2018 that for

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Public insurer’s Top 5 fraud cases of 2018

January 9, 2019 by Jason Contant

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) has released its annual Top 5 list of insurance fraud cases for 2018. The list is compiled based on the unique circumstances of each fraud, financial savings to MPI ratepayer and “investigative excellence in unearthing the

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Lloyd’s disputes claim over diamond-studded statue

January 8, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A major insurance company is fighting back after a British Columbia court required it to make good on a policy covering a gold, diamond-encrusted eagle statue allegedly stolen in Metro Vancouver more than two years ago. The B.C.

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Insurer reacts to new distracted driving penalties

January 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The new licence suspensions and $500 minimum fines for distracted driving should remind Ontario motorists not to text and drive, a spokesperson for CAA South Central Ontario predicts. “We hope this is going to serve as a deterrent,” CAA SCO

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Massive fire continues on Halifax-bound container ship

January 7, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A second offshore support vessel has arrived off Canada’s east coast to help fight a fire that has been burning for days aboard a large container vessel bound for Halifax. “Several containers are still burning,” Tim Seifert, a

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Judges disagree on whether a sandbar is a highway

January 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The definition of “highway,” which is often debated in coverage disputes, is not as broad as some might think, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia has ruled. Robert Adam took Insurance Corporation of B.C. to court after he was

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Flood watches in British Columbia result from heavy rain

January 4, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Rainfall, wind, snow and winter storm warnings have been lifted for all of southern B.C. after a powerful system swept across the province leaving flooded or snow-clogged roads in its wake. On Vancouver Island, torrential downpours forced flood

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Half a metre of snow dumped on Newfoundland

January 3, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GANDER, N.L. – Residents of Gander, Nfld. are digging out after one of the biggest snowfalls ever recorded there – nearly two feet. A powerful storm blanketed much of the province Wednesday, with St. John’s and some other communities getting

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Asset manager closes acquisition of Sedgwick

January 3, 2019 by Jason Contant

Asset manager The Carlyle Group has closed its acquisition of a majority ownership of Sedgwick from KKR & Co. Inc. and other shareholders for an estimated $6.7 billion. Funds managed by Stone Point Capital LLC and Caisse de dépôt et

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Recent storm ‘most damaging’ in BC Hydro history

January 2, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro says December’s massive windstorm was the most damaging in its history and demonstrates improvements are needed in order to be ready for future outages. A report from the Crown corporation says the Dec. 20 storm was