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How to bring up the marijuana discussion with clients

September 28, 2018 by Jason Contant

Brokers need to know what their client’s habitational lease or contract states about marijuana use to provide their best advice, the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario said Thursday. Kevin O’Hare, IBAO’s education supervisor and instructional designer, said brokers need to

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How this province is limiting the scope of cannabis risk

September 27, 2018 by Jason Contant

Ontario will soon introduce legislation defining the scope of recreational marijuana use, just weeks before the federal government is scheduled to legalize pot on Oct. 17. The governing Progressive Conservative Party is introducing a tightly-regulated regime in which municipalities will

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Car surfing covered by auto insurance, court finds

September 27, 2018 by David Gambrill

Auto insurance covers “car surfing,” in which a person rides on the top or rear of a moving vehicle, an Ontario court has found. “Car surfing or attaching oneself to a vehicle, while reckless and dangerous, is not a more

News InsuranceMarkets / CoveragesMergers and Aqcuisitions

Will higher interest rates kick-start M&A?

September 26, 2018 by Jason Contant

What impact do rising interest rates have on P&C companies conducting mergers and acquisitions? We’re about to find out, as the Bank of Canada is widely expected to raise the interest rate target at an Oct. 24 rate announcement. “The

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Claims whack-a-mole: what’s going on in property lines?

September 25, 2018 by David Gambrill

As if mounting auto insurance losses aren’t enough, the industry now has a new emerging issue to worry about this year – an alarming spike in home and commercial property claims. Catastrophe losses and fire are among the chief culprits

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Insurer restricts trampoline insurance coverage after serious injuries

September 21, 2018 by Jason Contant

Increased losses due to significant trampoline injuries has resulted in restrictions on insurance coverage in Alberta. The Alberta Gymnastics Federation (AGF) provided an update on its trampoline coverage on Sept. 7. Due to a recent limitation endorsement, coverage is restricted

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Legal pot sales could reach $1 billion in fourth quarter: Statistics Canada

September 21, 2018 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Statistics Canada forecasts Canadians could spend more than $1 billion on legal cannabis between October and December this year once marijuana for adult use is legalized on Oct. 17. The agency estimates that the amount spent on legal

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Diesel fuel leaks into river after fatal train derailment

September 20, 2018 The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – A train that derailed in northern Manitoba on Saturday that killed a railway worker is leaking diesel fuel into the Metishto River. Manitoba Sustainable Development says the fuel is from one of the locomotives. The province says spill

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Federal government accelerates phase out of rupture-prone rail tankers

September 19, 2018 The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The federal government is speeding up the timelines for the removal of rupture-prone tank cars from Canadian railroads. Ottawa has taken steps to phase out certain types of tank cars following the deadly train derailment and explosions in

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Hub’s Top 3 trends for commercial brokers

September 16, 2018 by Jason Contant

There are indications the commercial insurance market in Canada is starting to see rate hardening, the president of Hub International Canada told Canadian Underwriter Friday. “It hasn’t all hit yet, so I want to be clear on that,” Tina Osen

News Markets / CoveragesMergers and Aqcuisitions

Commercial insurer Ironshore Canada rebranding

September 16, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial specialty insurer Ironshore Canada is being re-branded as Liberty Mutual Canada. In addition to Ironshore, Liberty International Underwriters Canada is also being rebranded as Liberty Mutual Canada, the insurer announced Thursday. But for the rest of 2018, “policies will

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New bespoke commercial package covers 7 industry segments

September 13, 2018 by Jason Contant

Commercial insurance clients in multiple industry segments can now receive tailored core coverages under a single package solution. Core coverages include first and third party cyber, D&O liability, media management crisis costs, event cancellation and currency devaluation. Tailored for seven specific