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COVID contact tracing is not working, commercial brokerage warns

December 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

COVID fatigue and the difficulty in tracing the close contacts of people who test positive for the novel coronavirus are among the reasons Canada is experiencing such high case counts, an Aon Canada expert suggests. The Canadian Press reported Thursday…

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How courts assess liability of auto dealer that leaves keys in unlocked running vehicle

December 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A police officer injured in a collision with a stolen truck has lost his bid to seek compensation against the dealership from which the truck was stolen; with Canada’s top court refusing to hear the case, the end result is…

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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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Court raps lawyers’ conduct, as default judgment against insurer overturned

December 1, 2020 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s Court of Appeal threw out a default judgment against Lloyd’s of London Monday in a case involving the theft of golden eagles used for a charity event. In doing so, the court criticized lawyers for both the claimant and…

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$5-million cyber claim for phishing scam heads to top court

November 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A $5-million coverage dispute with The Co-operators that arose from a phishing attack is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Canada’s top court is booked Dec. 7 to hear arguments in Co-operators General Insurance Company v. Sollio Groupe Coopératif.…

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The advantage of merging insurers by telework

November 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic nearly nine months ago, Jean-François Chalifoux was helping to lead the merger that formed Canada’s largest mutual insurer. “I was in Montreal March 12 [2020] and at 11:00 a.m. sharp, the [National Hockey…

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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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AXA XL names new chief agent

November 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Glen Hopkinson is now interim country manager in Canada for AXA XL Insurance. Urs Uhlmann had been AXA XL’s Canadian country manager from 2018 until this past October. On his LinkedIn profile, Uhlmann reports he is now “open for exciting…

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What can happen if cargo and business interruption insurer file separate subrogated claims

November 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Two subrogated commercial claims, for a total of about $1.5 million, may be headed to trial in Ontario. Among the issues are how Ontario’s Carriage of Goods Regulation applies to goods going in and out of province, and whether a…

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The Alberta hail cat has not stopped biting

November 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers are still receiving new claims from the June 2020 Alberta hail storm that is estimated to have cost the industry more than $1 billion. “We are actually still seeing some new losses reported from the June storm today,” said…

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Which insurer has to pay if garage loaner vehicle causes an accident

November 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When the driver of a loaner vehicle provided by an auto service centre is sued by an accident victim in Alberta, the insurer of the loaner vehicle may be the first payor. This is what happened when Northwest Acura in…

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What happened to this therapist who was convicted of insurance fraud

November 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An Ajax, Ont. woman who billed claimants and insurers for therapy services that were never performed has lost her bid to appeal her criminal convictions to the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2008, a motor vehicle accident victim went to…