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What can go wrong if adjuster fails to obtain coroner’s report

January 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An auto insurer wants to deny liability coverage because its client had alcohol in his blood when he died. The thing is, the insurance company didn’t know its client had alcohol in his blood for three years, which is how

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LifeLabs facing proposed class action lawsuit over data breach

January 3, 2020 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – A proposed class action lawsuit has been filed against medical services company LifeLabs over a data breach that allowed hackers to access the personal information of up to 15 million customers. In an unproven statement of claim filed

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Head of Airbnb insurance to lead RIMS in 2020

January 2, 2020 by Adam Malik

Laura Langone, head of insurance operations at online rental marketplace Airbnb since April 2019, is now president of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). The organization announced Thursday her 12-month appointment, effective immediately. She succeeds Gloria Brosius. Daring to

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The first brokerage M&A deal of 2020

January 2, 2020 by Jason Contant

Archway Insurance rang in the new year by announcing two new locations in southwestern New Brunswick following the acquisition of Groom Insurance Limited, effective Jan. 1, 2020. The latest addition brings the number of Archway locations to 32, with approximately

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Winter storm lashes B.C. with high winds, heavy precipitation

January 2, 2020 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Another wicked winter storm is set to churn across most of British Columbia, dumping heavy rain on Metro Vancouver, parts of Vancouver Island and the central and inner south coasts, while bringing snow, wind or freezing rain to

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You unsuccessfully jump into the back of a hatchback to avoid a tragic injury. Do you “occupy” the car?

December 31, 2019 by David Gambrill

A man trying — and failing — to clamber into his employer’s car to avoid another vehicle that was backing up into him was in fact the “occupant” of the car into which he attempted to jump, the Court of

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What the judge said when a trial lawyer accused an insurer of “playing hardball” with his elderly client

December 31, 2019 by David Gambrill

An elderly resident who lost her slip-and-fall claim against a retirement home does not have to pay the legal costs of the home’s insurance company because the insurer’s legal strategy was “at risk of allegations of playing hardball,” the Ontario

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Climate change the story of the year in 2019: Canadian Press

December 31, 2019 Mia Rabson – THE CANADIAN PRESS

In late September, hundreds of thousands of Canadians took to the streets across the country to demand more from their governments on climate change. It was one of the largest mass protests in Canadian history, adding maple flavours to an

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Climate change is making secondary perils worse: Swiss Re

December 31, 2019 by David Gambrill

Thanks to climate change, so-called “secondary perils” are a least as threatening to global property and casualty insurers as primary perils such as earthquakes or hurricanes, according to the latest sigma study published by Swiss Re. Secondary perils are typically

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Top 10 best-read insurance stories of 2019

December 31, 2019 by David Gambrill

Author Terry Pratchett once said: “If you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are. And if you don’t know where you are, then you don’t know where you’re going. And if you don’t

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ICBC apologizes for suggesting deceased BC Mountie liable for on-duty deadly crash

December 30, 2019 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia is apologizing for wrongly suggesting a deceased Mountie was liable for the on-duty crash that claimed her life, saying it’s taking to steps to prevent a similar situation from happening again.

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Executive Outlook 2020 | Jason Storah, Aviva Canada

December 30, 2019 by David Gambrill

Jason Storah, President, CEO, Aviva Canada I find it quite interesting, intriguing and frustrating that auto insurance is so complex in this country. Why is an auto accident treated differently in Quebec, Ontario, B.C., or Alberta? It doesn’t make sense,