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Were the Ottawa-Gatineau tornadoes the costliest in Canadian history?

October 17, 2018 by Jason Contant

The tornadoes that struck the Ottawa-Gatineau area on Sept. 21 cost the industry $300 million in insured damage, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) said Wednesday. Of that, $200 million was for insured damage on the Ontario side, and $100

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Why commercial property claims could skyrocket after pot legalization

October 11, 2018 by David Gambrill

Large-severity commercial property losses could be the upshot of the legalization of marijuana on Oct. 17, an insurance lawyer cautions. “I see there being more property loss-type claims coming out of these large [marijuana-growing] facilities, particularly the greenhouse facilities,” Aaron

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Hurricane Michael on course toward Nova Scotia

October 11, 2018 The Canadian Press

Michael roared toward the Florida panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane Wednesday, with long-range forecasts predicting its remnants could dump heavy rains on Nova Scotia if it passes south of the province as expected. The brutish storm has grown swiftly

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Appeal court nixes $100K awarded for lost income

October 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A plaintiff who was injured in an auto accident has had her award cut by $100,000 because she is not entitled to compensation for loss of income, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled. Yi Gao sued Brian Dietrich

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What’s the likelihood of an EF5 tornado in Canada?

October 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

Following the EF3 tornado that struck Dunrobin, Ont. on Sept. 21, should insurers worry about the potential for a powerful EF5 strike on a major population centre in Canada? Probably not. But they should be concerned about tornadic storms in

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Mandatory building fire risk labels proposed

October 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Fire safety can be impacted if a building is made from lightweight, prefabricated material, and legislation under debate would mandate placards for certain construction types in Ontario. “Truss and lightweight construction, when exposed to fire, can pose serious risks to responding firefighters,” Randy

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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