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War and other factors loom over shipping sector: report

May 27, 2022 by Philip Porado

While fewer total losses of cargo ships worldwide is good news for marine insurers, the number of shipping casualties rose during 2021, said Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) annual Safety & Shipping Review. Globally, 54 total vessel losses were…

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Regulations for insuring self-driving cars required sooner rather than later, lawyers say

May 27, 2022 by David Gambrill

Canada is not ready to insure even partially automated vehicles (AVs), but the move towards fully-automated vehicles could be here by as early as 2026, warn lawyers at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Provincial legislatures will therefore need to update their…

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Fume all you want, don’t hit erratic drivers in front of you

May 26, 2022 by David Gambrill

No matter how much a driver might fume about the slow driver ahead, the driver behind him is still responsible for maintaining a safe distance to avoid a collision — even if the slow driver tries to block the driver…

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Auto insurance: How to handle acid spill claims

May 26, 2022 by Jason Contant

Insurers would be well-advised to have experts and claim-handling protocols on hand to identify unique claim situations such as the two sulphuric acid spills in Trail, B.C. several years ago, two forensic engineers say. On Apr. 10 and May 23,…

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How to speed up claims response for NatCats

May 25, 2022 by Yasser Korany, Mario Delorme and Mazen Habash

Extreme weather events have become common, some bringing unprecedented levels of destruction to structures and facilities, overwhelming owners, property managers and insurers. In response, nearly all major insurers have created centralized Cat units dedicated to handling claims arising from extreme…

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Was derecho storm damage caused by climate change?

May 25, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The Long Weekend derecho storm in Ontario and Quebec, which spawned a tornado in Uxbridge, Ont., and resulted in over 1,000 kilometers of damage, is “very difficult” to credit as a climate change event, even though the industry is seeing…

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Insurers must defend, even if damage falls below the deductible

May 24, 2022 by David Gambrill

Insurers have a duty to defend in construction cases involving policy exclusions for a “work performed” or “own work,” even if the amount of property damage claimed falls under the policy deductible, Ontario’s Court of Appeal has ruled. In GFL…

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First Cat of the year predicted after powerful “derecho” storm

May 24, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

A series of powerful thunderstorms that affected Ontario and parts of Quebec this weekend is already being billed by the industry as the first major Cat of 2022. And while industry experts anticipate a large number of insured damages, one…

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Brokers beware: High inflation may catch up to claims valuation software

May 20, 2022 by Philip Porado

Valuation models in software systems used by insurers to calculate replacement and restoration costs for commercial structures must be checked more often when inflation’s running high. That’s because costs for labour, lumber, drywall, concrete and other construction materials can jump…

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Tow truck driver granted “absolute discharge” for his role in staged collision

May 19, 2022 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s Court for Appeal has given an “absolute discharge” to a tow truck driver who pleaded guilty to fraud under $5,000 – and served a six-month conditional sentence – for his role in a staged collision that cost two insurers…

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5 key trends in the Canadian P&C market, according to Aon

May 18, 2022 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

P&C insurers are actively managing how they deploy their global capacity for cyber insurance, and the underwriting process for that sector continues to gain rigor, said Aon’s quarterly global markets insights report. Although the frequency of cyber claims remained relatively…

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New innocent co-insured law does not apply retroactively: Appeal Court

May 18, 2022 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s new innocent co-insured law does not apply retroactively to claims events that happened before the legislation was passed, the Ontario Appeal Court has ruled. The co-insured rule restricts application of insurers’ policy exclusions for criminal acts only to those…