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How air conditioner installer got dragged into basement flood

March 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Moisture that an air conditioner collects could damage your client’s home if it doesn’t drain properly, but the client cannot necessarily blame the air conditioner installer for a flood. Basement flood victim Samuel Sieb took Gandy Installations Ltd. to British

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Recurring back pain and auto liability: how this court applied the two-year limit

March 12, 2019 by David Gambrill

If an injured cyclist in an auto liability action declares feeling better after treatment, takes a year off work, and then feels debilitating back pain after returning to work three years after the accident, does the two-year statute of limitations

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Honda recalls 83,977 vehicles in Canada to replace Takata air bag inflators

March 12, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Honda is recalling about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America because their Takata air bag inflators can explode and send shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall affects 83,977 vehicles in Canada and includes many Honda

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Fatal fire damages Abbotsford, B.C. apartment building

March 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The BC Coroners Service confirms one person has died in an apartment fire in Abbotsford. Coroners service spokesman Andy Watson says a woman in her 60s died in the blaze that broke out about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Early storm warning for insurers: $40 million for January storm in eastern Canada

March 6, 2019 by Jason Contant

A winter storm in late January that brought snowfall, freezing rain, rain and strong winds to eastern Canada caused over $39 million in insured damage, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Most of the damage occurred on Jan.

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This province seeks insurers’ input on joint and several liability reform

March 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The Ontario government wants to hear from insurance companies on the controversial joint and several liability rule, which some say is unfair to deep pockets defendants. “What we are looking for is consultation with the lawyers, the insurance industry, et

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How to save insurers $1.3 billion a year on claims administration

March 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Artificial intelligence will become a “big time saver” for claims adjusters and will eventually allow the industry to save billions a year in costs, one researcher says. For auto claims, insurers are already using AI to make recommendations on whether

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Winter storm shuts down schools, disrupts travel in Maritime provinces

March 4, 2019 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Schools and government offices across the Maritimes were closed Monday as a snowstorm swept across the region, the second nasty blast of winter in as many days. A blustery mix of snow, ice pellets and freezing rain enveloped

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This province could see major spring flooding

March 1, 2019 by Jason Contant

Ten years after serious flooding in much of the southern part of Manitoba, there is again a high risk of major spring flooding in the province’s Red River Valley region. “Early forecasting data shows that we expect to see major

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 Latest Canadian statistics on slips and falls on ice

February 28, 2019 Adina Bresge - THE CANADIAN PRESS

All it took was one foul step, and Ahsher Zeldin was in for at least a week of pain. Last Thursday, Zeldin was taking his two dogs out for an early morning stroll in north Toronto when a patch of

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The advantage of recruiting non-insurance workers as claims professionals

February 26, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

For independent adjusters, the need to replace retiring workers is becoming more urgent. “A number of our front-line adjusters are very senior, very talented and experienced,” said Paul Féron senior vice president for Ontario and Manitoba at ClaimsPro LP. “In

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How fatal Nova Scotia fire could change national building code

February 25, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Experts say the deaths of the seven Barho children in a ferocious Halifax house fire last week could lead to new fire safety measures and changes to the country’s building code. Phil Rizcallah, director for construction research and