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Ten-vehicle crash in Alberta kills three

August 21, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

CEREAL, Alta. – A Saskatchewan man says a well-timed pit stop may have helped him avoid getting caught in a fiery 10-vehicle crash in southeastern Alberta that killed three people. Dore Germo and his wife left Kelowna, B.C., on Monday…

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Intact’s other deal: ‘You can bet that other insurers are paying close attention’

August 20, 2019 by Adam Malik

Intact Financial Corp. agreeing to buy On Side Restoration will likely lead to similar deals going forward and while risks exist, one adjuster believes it will probably bring more good than bad to the insurance industry – with a lot…

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What this season’s crop claims look like so far

August 20, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Canadian Crop Hail Association says more than 10,000 damage claims have been received by its member companies so far this season. The association says in a release that at the mid-point of the year, Saskatchewan farmers filed 6,900 claims…

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The one technology the industry can’t wait to see grow

August 19, 2019 by Adam Malik

There’s one automotive technology that has industry experts excited because it’s playing an increasingly key role in reducing crashes and increasing driver safety: autonomous emergency braking (AEB). But it will take some time before significant results are seen. AEB is…

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Post-flood demolition begins in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac

August 19, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

STE-MARTHE-SUR-LE-LAC, Que. – Four months after a dike ruptured and forced 6,000 people from the town of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, demolition work has begun on flood-stricken homes in the community west of Montreal. Roland Gariepy, 77, paid a visit to his old…

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Auto claimant awarded $200K despite court’s skepticism about his credibility

August 16, 2019 by David Gambrill

A B.C. fire dispatcher with pre-existing back pain was awarded $200,000 for his auto accident injuries, even though the Supreme Court of British Columbia also found that he was “not a reliable historian of his own condition or other events.”…

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Earthquake knocks out power in Saskatchewan communities

August 16, 2019 by The Canadian Press

ESTERHAZY, Sask. – A small earthquake shook parts of southeastern Saskatchewan Thursday night, knocking out power and rattling homes in the region. The United States Geological Survey confirms the 4.1-magnitude quake happened 17 kilometres east of Esterhazy around 8:30 p.m.…

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How dashcams are settling insurance and liability questions

August 15, 2019 by Dan Healing - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – In a video taken through the windshield of Dung Le’s 15-year-old Toyota Echo, an oncoming car breaks the monotony of a wide, nearly empty street on a quiet August morning in a sprawling residential Edmonton neighbourhood. As it…

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Where spring showers have done much of the damage in 2019 1H

August 14, 2019 by Jason Contant

Payout amounts and the number of claims related to severe weather in Quebec have increased dramatically in the first half of the year compared to 2018, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reported recently. Successive weather events marked the first half…

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Simple ways to keep a roof on during a tornado

August 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and home building company Doug Tarry Homes Ltd. have joined forces for a pilot project on increasing the resilience of homes to high wind and tornado events. High winds contributed in part to…

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New hearing ordered after court finds tribunal erred in law on accident benefits

August 12, 2019 by Jason Contant

A vehicle accident victim is getting a new hearing after Saskatchewan’s appeal court found a tribunal erred in law by disregarding evidence related to the claimant’s accident-related inability to work. The Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan unanimously ruled the July…

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Hail, strong winds devastate Alberta communities

August 8, 2019 by The Canadian Press

TABER, Alta. – Taber corn, that tasty sweet treat on the cob that Albertans look forward to in late summer, will be much harder to find this year after a major storm ripped through the province’s southern corn belt this…