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What four home insurers told the auditor general about illegal electrical work

December 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some Ontario homeowners could collect insurance money on property claims even if the damage was caused by illegal electrical work, the auditor general suggests in her report released Monday. Staff with the province’s Office of the Auditor General contacted four

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This customized vehicle replacement coverage is headed for the junk yard

December 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

This is no April Fool’s joke. TD Insurance Group plans to stop offering its non-standard five-year vehicle replacement coverage in Nova Scotia as of Apr. 1, 2021. In 2019, the Nova Scotia Utility Review Board approved TD’s application to offer

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How a South African court applied the U.K. test case in a B.I. dispute

December 8, 2020 by David Gambrill

South Africa’s Western Cape High Court has ordered an insurer to pay a retailer of luxury travel goods up to a maximum of six months’ worth of business interruption coverage (about Cdn$1.5 million), following a dispute over losses arising from

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Public not aware of rights lost in B.C.’s no-fault auto scheme: personal injury lawyer

December 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The average British Columbia consumer does not really understand what rights they will lose with the auto insurance reforms scheduled to take effect this May, a Vancouver personal injury lawyer warns. Provincial politicians voted earlier this year to pass Bill

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Insurers now treating distracted driving as ‘major’ conviction

November 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

In keeping with actions previously taken by Canada’s auto insurers, Northbridge General Insurance Company will start treating driving while using a hand-held communication device as a major conviction for the purpose of setting insurance rates in Nova Scotia. The change

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How COVID-19 workplace risk advice has evolved

November 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the pandemic enters its ninth month, risk managers are seeing more emphasis on the length of conversations and the importance of wearing proper masks. “The key thing now is the length of contact with somebody else. Right now, if

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For insurance purposes, if it’s not managed as a strata, it’s still a strata: Tribunal

November 19, 2020 by David Gambrill

The owner of a strata lot in a duplex that was not managed as a strata — for example, there was no strata board of directors, annual board meetings, etc. – must nevertheless pay for her half of the strata

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Broker suspended for passing off client’s cancelled vehicle plates as his own

November 10, 2020 by David Gambrill

A B.C. broker has been suspended for two years and fined $1,000 for passing off a client’s cancelled vehicle license plates as his own, giving the appearance that his vehicle was insured when in fact it wasn’t. Ping Hong (Gary)

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Intact’s message to politicians wanting more commercial insurance regulation

November 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Imposing more regulation on commercial carriers is not going to help make coverage available for clients who are having a hard time finding insurance, Intact CEO Charles Brindamour suggests. “I don’t think that scaring insurers is the way to bring

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OSFI draft guideline tightens oversight of Canadian branches of foreign insurers

November 4, 2020 by David Gambrill

Canada’s solvency regulator has released a new draft guideline that tightens the regulator’s oversight of foreign insurance and bank branches in Canada. Among other changes to existing regulations, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is requiring local

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Insurer urges principles-based regulation: ‘You don’t need to tell me exactly what I can do and what I cannot do’

November 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The insurance industry needs principles-based regulation instead of a system with rules for every situation, an Allstate Canada official suggests. “If you have a good system that creates boundaries and guiding principles, and you make sure that nobody violates that,

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So you’re going digital. How much speed do you need?

November 3, 2020 by David Gambrill

While the global COVID pandemic may have sharpened the insurance industry’s focus on providing digital solutions to customers quickly, the speed at which the industry can move remains limited by traditional barriers such as a carrier’s organizational culture, regulation, and