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The lengths to which this lawyer went to represent her auto accident victim

October 4, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the appeal of a personal injury lawyer who is out of pocket $30,000 after she tried to prevent a hospital from taking a vehicle accident claimant off life support. The lawyer

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Over 80 collisions in one day after record Alberta snowstorm

October 3, 2018 Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Streets and sidewalks were a slushy, slippery mess but the sun was shining brightly in Calgary on Wednesday after a record-breaking autumn snowstorm walloped parts of southern Alberta. The city’s director of roads, Troy McLeod, said more than

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Artist or hoarder? Why insurers don’t like clutter

October 2, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Self-employed artists who work from their own apartments with large quantities of material should have sprinkler systems and firewalls, a Toronto fire inspector suggests. In 2017, Toronto Fire Services ordered an apartment tenant – identified only as K.R. – to

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Watch out for scammers, IBC warns Ottawa-Gatineau tornado victims

October 2, 2018 by Jason Contant

In the wake of the tornadoes that struck the Ottawa-Gatineau region Sept. 21, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has raised another concern: contractors misrepresenting themselves or offering extensive fees for services. One restoration firm representative noted large-scale disasters can

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First General names new head of central and eastern Ontario offices

October 1, 2018 by David Gambrill

First General, a North American restoration network with operations across Canada, has appointed Dan Burns to be the regional director of its central and eastern Ontario offices. First General has more than 80 general locations in Canada and the United

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Will Ottawa-Gatineau insured losses set a record for tornado damage?

September 28, 2018 by Jason Contant

Official catastrophe estimates will not be ready for awhile following the tornadoes that struck the Ottawa and Gatineau areas Sept. 21, but it will definitely be a cat event, industry observers say. Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) defines a

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Why your clients are increasingly exposed to wildfire losses

September 28, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Climate change has turned the risk of wildfire into a year-round peril in Western Canada, a geography expert says. In the past, wildfire season started in April or May and ended some time in October, said Dominic Ford, senior geospatial

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How cell phone records proved this insurer’s auto fraud case

September 26, 2018 by David Gambrill

Cell phone records proved to be the deciding factor in an insurance fraud case in which a B.C. driver falsely claimed that his truck had been stolen. Parker Winterbottom, 22 at the time, reported to police in October 2011 that

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Claims whack-a-mole: what’s going on in property lines?

September 25, 2018 by David Gambrill

As if mounting auto insurance losses aren’t enough, the industry now has a new emerging issue to worry about this year – an alarming spike in home and commercial property claims. Catastrophe losses and fire are among the chief culprits

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Tornado damage: View from the ground

September 25, 2018 by Jason Contant

Claims adjusters are reporting a wide range of claims from the two tornadoes that tore through the Ottawa-Gatineau area Friday. “The tornado event is considered to be more like a ‘pocket storm,’” Kumar Sivakumaran, vice president of national operations with

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What made the Dunrobin tornado so unique

September 24, 2018 by Jason Contant

One tornado that struck the Dunrobin, Ont. area Friday was only the second EF3 twister to touch down in the province in September or later – and the first during this time period in 120 years, said Glenn McGillivray, managing

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Third spill of sulphuric acid reported in Trail, B.C.

September 24, 2018 The Canadian Press

TRAIL, B.C. – The movement of sulphuric acid by truck through a southeastern British Columbia city has been halted while officials try to determine why there has been a third leak of the corrosive liquid in less than six months.