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Oil sands firm could get green light for random drug and alcohol testing

June 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling opens the door to random drug and alcohol testing of Alberta oil sands workers operating heavy equipment. The outcome will no doubt affect some risk managers because employers can be held responsible for

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Who’s at Fault?

June 15, 2018 Adam Campbell, Senior Associate, Human Factors, -30- Forensic Engineering

A guide for assessing the liability of machine drivers when they don’t live up to the standards of human drivers.

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Regulator says company had legal obligation to fix and maintain rail line

June 15, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Federal regulators have ruled that the owners of a broken rail line to Churchill were wrong not to repair the line that kept the northern Manitoba community connected to the outside world. The Canadian Transportation Agency says the

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How brokerages should handle employees’ use of social media

June 13, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Negative public reaction to some high-profile Twitter and Instagram posts raises the question of whether insurance brokerage owners should monitor the personal social media accounts of their workers. “We don’t police our staff’s Facebook pages,” reports Calgary brokerage owner Robyn

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Will top court give waivers a sporting chance?

June 11, 2018 David Dias, Freelance Writer

Why the fate of insuring sports and recreational facilities hangs in the balance

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Good news from Supreme Court for auto liability insurers

June 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

An auto bodily injury ruling described as favourable to insurers is now officially in the books, as the Supreme Court of Canada rejected leave to appeal Thursday. The initial Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling, which now stands, was “very

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Lac-Mégantic residents seek economic and moral damages

June 10, 2018 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A new group of mostly Lac-Megantic residents is seeking authorization from Quebec Superior Court to sue for economic and moral damages worth upwards of $5 million relating to the Lac-Megantic rail tragedy in 2013. Train engineer Tom Harding,

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Laura Emmett becomes Youngest Ever President of Canadian Defence Lawyers

June 8, 2018 by Daniel Strigberger

TORONTO, June 8, 2018 /insPRESS/ – Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP congratulates its team member, Laura Emmett, on beginning her role as President of the Canadian Defence Lawyers. “I’m thrilled to be the President of the only national organization that represents

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Broker fined after backdated coverage confusion

June 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

A veteran Manitoba broker who had no binding authority was fined $2,500 by the provincial regulator for confirming a client’s coverage before he had even sent an application to the insurer, apparently on the assumption that the insurer would backdate

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Workers comp bars Ontario auto accident victim from suing in bizarre double-crash

June 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

In an auto accident claim involving back-to-back crashes, a woman who lost both her legs after being hit by a car is barred from suing the driver because the car that had carried her to the scene of the accident

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Directors and officers fail to get shareholders class-action tossed out of Ontario court

June 3, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Five former directors and officers of a Vancouver-based mining firm can be sued personally in Ontario by shareholders alleging the firm misrepresented financial statements. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will not hear an appeal, from SouthGobi Resources

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How much ICBC expects to save by using new anti-fraud software

May 31, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) expects to save $43 million this fiscal year and another $59 million the following fiscal year by using specialized anti-fraud software that the public insurer implemented in 2017. “And that’s on top of