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Top court to consider release that excludes ‘claims of any kind or nature whatsoever’

August 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The legal status of a release that excludes a personal injury claimant from pursuing further claims arising out of the incident “of any kind or nature whatsoever” against the City of Corner Brook, Nfld., is headed to the Supreme Court…

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How the UK pandemic business interruption test case could play out

August 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry will likely learn next month the outcome of a business interruption coverage test case arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the verdict is likely to be appealed, a Bermuda insurance CEO suggests. The British Financial Conduct Authority filed…

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Three reasons why the hard market may drag on for years

August 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial clients are likely to see big price hikes at least through 2021 and the economic impact of COVID-19 is partly to blame, a Bermuda insurance executive suggests. “We saw double-digit rate increases in our Canadian specialty business,” Albert Benmichol, CEO…

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Forest fire continues to grow near town in northwestern Ontario

August 12, 2020 by The Canadian Press

RED LAKE, Ont. – Residents of Red Lake, Ont., continue to flee the community as a nearby wildfire continues to grow. A spokesman for provincial Ministry of the Solicitor General says aircraft are available to help with evacuations, and about…

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Why this home insurer has a duty to defend a road rage claim

August 11, 2020 by David Gambrill

Pembridge Insurance Company of Canada has a duty to defend an insured who has liability coverage under a home insurance policy in a case in which the insured got out of his car and allegedly threatened another driver in a…

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The impact of Calgary’s hailstorm on North American H1 storm losses

August 11, 2020 by Jason Contant

Canada’s costliest-ever hailstorm contributed to the largest insured losses in North America since the first half of 2011, according to preliminary natural catastrophe estimates from Swiss Re. The hailstorm that struck Calgary in June cost the industry $1.2 billion based…

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This insurer is allowing some COVID-19 support measures to expire

August 10, 2020 by Jason Contant

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) announced Friday that three of the temporary measures it introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are set to expire in the coming weeks. The B.C. Utilities Commission had approved ICBC implementing the…

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Property claim cycle times are on the rise: Xactware data

August 10, 2020 by David Gambrill

While everyone in the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry knows that quick claims response times are critical to consumer satisfaction, cycle times for property claims in Canada increased overall between 2018 and 2019, according to the latest property damage…

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As provincial economies re-open, insurers eye their auto claims frequencies

August 10, 2020 by David Gambrill

As if it weren’t enough with all of the recent news reports about natural catastrophe losses in Alberta, and claims against insurers for business interruption losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is another, more familiar risk looming on the…

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Community mourns Manitoba teens killed by tornado

August 10, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MELITA, Man. – The mayor of a small southwestern Manitoba town says everyone in the community is devastated after a tornado killed two well-liked teens. Bill Holden says residents in Melita are feeling profound grief since Shayna Barnesky and Carter…

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COVID’s impact on Aviva’s first-half results

August 6, 2020 by David Gambrill

Aviva Canada overcame high claims costs related to pandemic losses and severe-weather catastrophe events in Alberta to trim its combined operating ratio (COR) down from 98.1% in the first half of 2019 to 95.5% during the first half of this…

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Tropical storm Isaias expected to bring heavy rain, wind gusts to eastern Canada

August 4, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A tropical storm that has lashed parts of the eastern United States should be diminished in strength by the time it reaches eastern Canada, the Canadian Hurricane Centre says. Centre forecaster Chris Fogarty said that Isaias was on…