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What could cause more flood woes in B.C.

May 14, 2018 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Torrential rains that pushed southern British Columbia waterways to flood stage have eased, but officials warn a new threat of unseasonably warm weather could rapidly melt snowpacks, adding to already swollen rivers. David Campbell, head of the B.C.

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What claims Crawford expects to see from New Brunswick flooding

May 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

Claims adjuster Crawford & Company (Canada) Inc. is anticipating “numerous water damage claims to homes, business and automobiles” as a result of the flooding in New Brunswick. Shelley Landry, director of operations of Crawford Canada’s Atlantic region, told Canadian Underwriter

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Claimant makes incorrect proof of loss statement: Error? or “Wilfully false”?

May 10, 2018 by David Gambrill

A claimant does not have to intend to deceive an insurance company in order to make a “willfully false statement” on a proof of loss, thus voiding the insurance policy, an Ontario court has ruled. In Pinder v. Farmers’ Mutual

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ClaimsPro Continues to Add Capacity to Support Eastern Canada’s Windstorms Recovery

May 10, 2018 by SCM Insurance Services

TORONTO, May 10, 2018 /insPRESS/ – ClaimsPro, Canada’s independent adjusting and claims management leader, has brought in additional support to process the extremely high volume of files from the region in response to the windstorms that have resulted in extensive damage

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Catastrophe Response Unit Delivers when Big Insurer Clients Call

May 10, 2018 by CRU Adjusters

TORONTO, May 10, 2018 /insPRESS/ – Kyle Winston, President and CEO of CRU GROUP, announced today that 5 of Canada’s largest property insurers had already sought and received significant assistance from CRU GROUP’s Catastrophe Response Unit Inc. within the past week.

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CatIQ releases updated toll of April ice storm damage

May 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

The mid-April ice storm in southern Ontario and Quebec cost insurers more than $190 million, Catastrophe Indices and Quantification (CatIQ) said Thursday. CatIQ has reported more than 15,000 insurance claims, including 1,800 car collisions, due to the storm. Strong winds,

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Belair court victory exposes how clinics can abuse auto claims system

May 9, 2018 by David Gambrill

Belair Direct has succeeded in quashing an auto insurance claim that illustrates how rehab and assessment clinics can potentially abuse Ontario’s accident benefits law. In its ruling in Belair Direct Insurance Company v. Green, an accident benefits case, the Ontario

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Trains suspected as starting grass fires in Prairies

May 9, 2018 Steve Lambert - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – An extremely dry spring in the eastern Prairies has meant an early start to fire season and in some cases trains are being suspected as the cause. “It is tinder dry,” said David Phillips, senior climatologist for Environment

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Ontario, Quebec wind storm to test industry capacity: Crawford

May 8, 2018 by Jason Contant

The wind storm that struck Ontario and Quebec on May 4 and 5 will significantly test the capacity of insurers, independent adjusters, call centres and restoration contractors, Crawford and Company (Canada) Inc. told Canadian Underwriter Monday. Generally speaking, wind claims

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Ontario ice storm estimated to cost insurers up to $164 million

May 6, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The historic ice storm in Ontario and Quebec in mid-April could cost the insurance industry more than $150 million in damage claims, Verisk Analytics Inc.’s Property Claim Services unit reported Thursday. PCS’s preliminary estimate of a catastrophe event April 14-16

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How traumatized witnesses of van attack could make a case for accident benefits

May 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Auto insurers whose customers were witnesses to the April 23 van attack in north Toronto could be paying accident benefits claims if those witnesses have medical evidence that they suffered psychological injury, an insurance law expert suggests. Eight women and

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Officials warning B.C. flooding this year may be worse due to 2017 wildfires

May 3, 2018 The Canadian Press

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Emergency officials in British Columbia’s southern Interior warn that devastating wildfires that charred thousands of square kilometres of timber and bush last year now have the potential to make seasonal flooding even more severe. The warning