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CCIR seeks a more engaged dialogue between policymakers, insurers and the public

May 18, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

In an effort to boost the Canadian public’s relationship with the insurance industry, the Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators (CCIR) has tweaked its strategic plan to focus on ways insurance regulators “can more profitably engage the policymakers in insurance issues.”CCIR

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B.C. Insurance Council fines Roadways Insurance Agencies $20,000

May 13, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Council of British Columbia has issued an order fining an insurance agency $20,000 for findings of misconduct occurring under two different owners over the course of three years.An investigative review committee (IRC) found that over the course of

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Rehab clinic in Ontario convicted for submitting false invoices and treatment plans, fined $50,000

May 13, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Pioneer Rehabilitation Clinic Inc. has pleaded guilty to knowingly making false or misleading statements to an insurer in order to obtain payment for goods and services provided to an insured in the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto on May

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IBC issues bulletin to insurers about notification requirements, AB payments in anticipation of possible postal strike

May 13, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

IBC has issued a legal bulletin providing information to insurers about handling notification of policy terminations, as well as payment of accident benefits claims, in the event of a possible postal strike.Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers

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Quebec regulator offers $1.6 million in compensation to victims of investment scheme in connection with former insurance broker

May 11, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Quebec’s financial services regulator, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), is paying out $1.6 million in compensation to 28 investors defrauded in an investment scam in connection with former insurance broker and financial advisor Carole Morinville.In August 2010, the AMF

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Manitoba court green-lights election of appraisal and arbitration process seven years after loss date

May 11, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Over the objections of Temple Insurance Company, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba has allowed a dispute around a builders’ risk property insurance policy to proceed to the appraisal process seven years after the initial loss date. The Winnipeg

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B.C. privacy commissioner rules insurers must give consumers explicit notice that credit scores will be used for underwriting

May 10, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

B.C.’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has ruled that Economical Mutual Insurance Company must stop collecting and using credit scores until it provides customers with appropriate notification as required by the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA).The order notes

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Saskatchewan removes access to auto injury benefits for convicted car thieves

May 5, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

The Saskatchewan government introduced the necessary amendments to its auto insurance legislation to remove access to all auto injury benefits for convicted car thieves.Under the current legislation, convicted auto thieves injured in a motor vehicle collision can access all the

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Nova Scotia auto insurance review interim report recommends doubling standard auto accident benefits package, with ‘buy down’ option

May 4, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Nova Scotia’s auto insurance review is recommending that the province raise its standard auto insurance accident benefits package from its current level of $25,000 to $50,000, and then including a provision to allow policyholders to ‘buy down’ to a basic

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Pleading negligent supervision is not the same as asserting vicarious liability in policy exclusion case: Newfoundland court

May 2, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Negligent supervision is not the same as vicarious liability and therefore does not fall under a policy exclusion based on “ownership, use, or operation” of an all terrain vehicle (ATV), the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador’s trial division found

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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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Silencing Hired Guns

May 1, 2011 Craig Harris, Freelance writer

New Ontario court rules place a higher level of judicial scrutiny on the role of expert witnesses, particularly in complex cases involving medical diagnoses.