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Don’t count on Canada-wide, high-resolution flood modelling anytime soon

October 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Flood maps with a resolution of two metres would be ideal, but don’t expect anything like this Canada-wide anytime soon. The current standard for the spacing of a topographic grid for regional mapping and modelling is 30 metres, as the…

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The number of Ontarians who drive stoned (hint: lots)

October 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Hundreds of thousands of Ontarians have driven a vehicle while very high on cannabis, poll results released Wednesday by CAA South Central Ontario imply. One in five Ontario drivers surveyed, aged 19 through 70, are cannabis users, CAA SCO said…

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Alberta grocer’s subrogated $761,000 profit loss claim before the courts

October 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

After an Alberta shopping mall experienced its fourth roof collapse, an IGA supermarket lost millions in sales because it had to close for more than six months. A business interruption claim of nearly $800,000 followed, but the calculation of the…

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Lawsuit arising from fatal wheelchair accident at rail crossing settled

October 8, 2019 by Kevin Bissett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONCTON, N.B. _ Three years after a Moncton man in an electric wheelchair was struck and killed by a freight t-ain at a level crossing in the city, a lawsuit stemming from his death has been resolved. Steven Harel’s wheelchair…

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If cannabis dies, how expensive could the claim get?

October 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If a hydroponics system fails and it’s tomatoes or peppers that are spoiled, that’s one thing. But what happens if it’s a legal cannabis facility? “The impact of cannabis on the [property and casualty] industry remains to be seen. We…

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Why this homeowner lost legal battle with neighbour over basement water problem

October 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A Toronto homeowner who experienced basement water infiltration has lost his bid to sue the neighbours uphill from him for more than $83,000. In 2014, Chester Dawes bought his home, between the Humber River and High Park, in what used…

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Why artificial intelligence should be able to detect auto fraud

October 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Artificial intelligence can make it nearly impossible for fraudsters to make a false claim appear real, the founder of an A.I. vendor suggests. If an auto insurance claim is fraudulent, A.I. software could pick up on that as long as…

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After Dorian: Will Canada hit $2 billion in insured losses again this year?

October 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

Canada has already surpassed $1 billion in insured losses with nearly three months left in 2019, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). “Last year, insured damage from severe weather across Canada exceeded $2 billion, the fourth-highest amount of…

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RSA Canada CEO outlines the biggest game-changers in engineering insurance

October 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Sensors that gather data and feed it into computer systems could change the way engineering risks are assessed and underwritten by insurers, suggests Martin Thompson, president and CEO of RSA Canada. “We are going data crazy,” Thompson said Thursday while…

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How liability works when pedestrian wearing dark clothing gets hit at night in crosswalk

October 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The wife of an Abbotsford, B.C. insurance broker has been awarded nearly $574,000 as a result of a vehicle accident, but the award would have been $765,000 had the plaintiff not been found partly liable for the accident. She was…

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Why this motorist is not entitled to compensation for towing damage claim

October 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A motorist seeking nearly $4,000 for a vehicle that was allegedly damaged while being towed cannot recover the money from either the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia or BCAA Insurance Corporation, the province’s civil resolution tribunal has ruled. In October,…

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Fire damages historic Winnipeg building that’s being turned into a hotel

October 1, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Firefighters were forced to remain outside a blaze at a historic Winnipeg highrise on Sunday due to renovations that have been underway to turn the building into a Hyatt Place hotel. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to…