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Quebec auto insurance protection agency ordered to pay $5,000 to auto injury victim for medical use of marijuana

February 22, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

A Quebec administrative tribunal has ordered the province’s auto insurance protection agency to pay $5,000 to a Quebec man so he can grow and smoke marijuana in his home to help treat injuries he suffered as a result of a

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Golf cart driving illegally on the highway without insurance is still a “motor vehicle”: Ontario arbitrator

February 16, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

A golf cart driving illegally along an Ontario highway without insurance is a “motor vehicle” for the purpose of determining accident benefits, an Ontario arbitrator has ruled.Wilhelmina Margaret Buckle was seriously injured on June 14, 2003, when she fell off

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Fewer Code of Conduct complaints against Ontario brokers in 2009-10: RIBO

February 16, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO), the self-regulating body for Ontario’s brokers, opened 12 fewer complaint files related to Code of Conduct issues in 2009-10, according to latest annual report.This accounted for the main difference in the total number of

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BC Supreme Court finds cyclist at-fault in collision

February 15, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

British Columbia’s Supreme Court has found a cyclist entirely at fault in a collision involving a car and a bicycle. In Ireland v. McKnight, Lionel Ireland, a doctor, was riding his bike home from work on Sept. 4, 2007 when

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Manitoba case puts host liability front-and-centre before the courts

February 14, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The death of a Manitoba teen on her way home from a friend’s birthday party is bringing the issue of host liability back to the courts. A 15-year-old girl, Tamara Aller, died on her way home from a friend’s 18th

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IBAC commends government for new regulations extending consumer protection to Web sites

February 14, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) says the federal government’s draft Bank Act regulations, which prohibit banks from promoting unauthorized insurance services on their Web sites, provide consumers “with clear protection from coercion by banks when it comes to

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Feds publish draft regulations prohibiting banks from promoting unauthorized insurance on Web sites

February 14, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s Department of Finance has published proposed amendments that would prevent banks from promoting non-authorized insurance products on its Web sites.Also in its proposed amendments, the government would prohibit banks from carrying on business “adjacent to the premises of an

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B.C. Appeal Court orders re-trial after trial judge misapplies conversion of stolen property law in “chop shop” case

February 11, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Finding that a trial judge misapplied the law related to the conversion of stolen vehicles, the B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a re-trial in a case involving a man accused of allowing his motor vehicle dealership to be used

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Ontario MPP Mike Colle launches petition to extend ban on credit scoring to personal property lines

February 11, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence) has launched a petition calling for an extension of the ban on the use of credit scoring to personal property.Colle was vocal in the banning of the use of credit scoring in

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Intact adopts shareholder rights plan

February 11, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Financial Corporation has adopted a shareholder rights plan, effective Feb. 9.“The plan is intended to ensure the fair treatment of Intact’s shareholders in any transaction that would result in a change of control of the company,” the company announced

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Ontario Court of Appeal allows cross-claim, despite being beyond limitation period

February 10, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

A defendant can still file a cross-claim for contribution and indemnity even after the limitation period of the plaintiff naming that individual has expired, Ian Gold, a founding partner of Thomas Gold Pettingill Lawyers, told delegates of the Ontario Insurance

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Best practices help to avoid special arbitration awards when no benefits are in dispute

February 9, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

A recent Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) decision – which granted a special award when there were no benefits in dispute – should prompt adjusters to follow a set of best practices to avoid a similar decision in the