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Excess of loss case should be heard in Canada, not New York: court

January 10, 2022 by David Gambrill

Several excess insurers have lost their bid to have a lawsuit take place in New York instead of Ontario in a mining insurance case brought before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Nine of 22 excess insurers argued that the

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Strata owner not liable for common-area water damage

December 14, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A strata corporation can’t recover $25,000 towards water damage repairs originating from a unit owner’s broken toilet water supply line, the British Columba civil resolution tribunal has ruled. On June 23, 2019, water leaked out of a strata lot. The

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Why pollution liability brokers should pay attention to this auditor general report

December 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The Ontario government should re-visit a rule that leaves polluters off the hook for hazardous spills that cost less than $10,000 to clean up, the province’s auditor general suggests. In 2016, the Ontario environment ministry [now called the Ministry of

Motorist driving on closes Trans-Canada highway in Abbotsford, BC
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Claims adjusters react to B.C. flooding

December 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

It’s too early to tell how much the recent “atmospheric river” in British Columbia will cost the industry, but independent adjusters are observing widespread damage. Environment Canada lifted weather alerts for British Columbia on Thursday as storm conditions eased, floodwaters

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Barrie tornado will cost more than originally estimated

October 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A bad storm system this past July will probably cost the industry about $100 million. On July 15, several tornadoes touched down in central Ontario. One caused irreparable damage to dozens of homes in Barrie, about 100 kilometres north of

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Tornado blows change through Ontario bylaws

October 5, 2021 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Municipalities respond to series of tornadoes with new rules governing building construction.

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Insurance Bureau reacts to federal election results

September 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s new government needs to focus on climate adaptation, says the industry’s association of property and casualty insurers. “After an unprecedented year of heat and wildfires across much of Canada, climate adaptation must receive more attention in the coming months

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Will Hurricane Larry meet the cat threshold?

September 14, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Losses to Canadian clients, from Hurricane Larry, seem to be comprised mainly of wind damage to residential property on Newfoundland Avalon’s peninsula, according to reports from adjusters so far. Hurricane Larry, which originated in the North Atlantic Ocean, passed by

The roof of Mary Queen of Peace elementary school was torn off after Hurricane Larry crossed over Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula in the early morning hours, in St. John's, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Daly
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What we know so far about Canadian Hurricane Larry claims

September 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Kent Rowe cannot remember winds as bad as they were this past weekend in the Newfoundland and Labrador capital. “We saw gusts here in St. John’s of up to 145 kilometres an hour that lasted for about five or six

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Hurricane Larry makes landfall in eastern Newfoundland

September 11, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Hurricane Larry made landfall as a Category 1 storm in eastern Newfoundland, arriving near South East Bight around midnight local time, according to the National Hurricane Centre in Miami. The storm crashed inland on the western

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Hurricane Larry has arrived at this Canadian location

September 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Hurricane Larry reached Placentia Bay, Nfld. shortly before midnight Friday night. Environment Canada warned southeastern Newfoundland residents Friday that high winds could topple trees, leading to downed power lines. At 11:57 p.m. Atlantic time (12:27 a.m. local time), the center

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Why this strata unit owner does not have to pay for common area damage

September 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia condo corporation that charged a unit owner $25,000 for common property repairs has been ordered to reverse $15,000 of the charge. Claire Adamson owns a strata unit which she rents out. Adamson lives at a different address.