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Sugar Bush Breakfast

May 1, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

WICC Ottawa Chapter held a Sugar Bush Breakfast at the National Arts Centre on Apr. 1. More than 230 industry supporters came out to enjoy typical light sugar bush food fare, live music and even maple taffy on snow —

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Quebec Court of Appeal narrows scope of tender document’s indemnity clause

April 29, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Quebec’s Court of Appeal has limited the application of a fairly broad indemnity clause that would have effectively transferred all of a municipality’s risk to a contractor as part of a tendered contract.In Ville de Montréal c. C.M.S. Entrepreneurs Généraux

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Alberta Insurance Rate Board confirms commitment to moving toward file-and-approve regulatory regime

April 28, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

With the province’s auto insurance product now stabilized, the Alberta Insurance Rate Board (AIRB) is now looking into moving toward a file-and-approve regulatory system.AIRB chairman Alf Savage commented in the AIRB 2010 Annual Report that the province’s auto insurance market

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Alberta cops lay more than 400 charges over long weekend related to driving without valid insurance or driver’s license

April 28, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Alberta Sheriffs and RCMP laid 4,191 charges across the province over the Easter long weekend, including 406 non-hazardous violations for driving without insurance or with suspended driver licenses.About 83% of the total number of charges were speeding violations. Twenty-eight were

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Ontario auto reforms have yet to meet expectation of a simplified claims process for insurers: CEO

April 26, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario’s auto reforms have followed insurers’ expectations in many respects, but that doesn’t appear to include a simplified, less expensive process for insurers.Speaking at the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)’s Financial Affairs Symposium on Apr. 21, Aviva Canada president and

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Nova Scotia court grants motion to determine insurance coverage issue, although facts remain in dispute

April 21, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Using a new procedural rule designed to expedite proceedings, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has allowed an insurance case to proceed to determine “a question of law” – i.e. whether an insurance policy coverage limit was $400,000 or $19

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Ontario Bar Association bestows its Award for Excellence in Insurance Law

April 21, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario Bar Association will award James Simmons and Paul Lee with its 2011 OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law.Toronto-based Lee is the founder of Paul Lee & Associates, a boutique civil litigation firm. He was called to the

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Medical exams to determine catastrophic injuries are not “a mere repeat” of previous exams for IRBs: Ontario arbitrator

April 20, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

In-person medical examinations to determine catastrophic impairment are not the same as in-person medical assessments to determine entitlements to income replacement benefits (IRBs), an Ontario arbitrator has found.The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) made the ruling in Meghan Innes

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LawPro announces three new appointments

April 20, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Simon Bernstein has joined the underwriting and customer service department of LawPro as assistant vice president of underwriting. Bernstein brings extensive experience as a practising lawyer and in the insurance sector, including risk assessment, loss control and claims management. Gerry

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Toronto drivers increasingly charged for driving without insurance: CTV report

April 19, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto drivers are increasingly being charged for driving without insurance, according to Toronto Police Services statistics cited in a CTV report.According to CTV, the number of Toronto drivers charged annually for operating a motor vehicle without insurance is as follows:•2009:

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Saskatchewan, Manitoba look into ceasing no fault accident benefits for thieves injured while driving stolen vehicles

April 18, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is calling on Saskatchewan’s government to follow the stated intentions of the Manitoba government to stop paying no fault accident benefits to car thieves injured while driving stolen vehicles.In a press release on Apr. 15,

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FSCO’s expert panel says ‘no’ to combining physical and psychological in catastrophic impairment designations

April 15, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Physical and psychological impairments should not be combined for the purpose of catastrophic determination, according to an expert panel appointed by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) to draft a new definition of catastrophic impairment.The FSCO panel released its