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Evacuation order lifted nearly two months after crane collapse

November 6, 2019 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – The last three businesses evacuated when a crane collapsed in downtown Halifax are being allowed to return to their locations, almost two months after a storm toppled it. The final stage of the crane and debris removal from…

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Court finds corporate director personally liable for worker’s comp injury claim

November 5, 2019 by David Gambrill

A corporate director can be held personally liable for injuries that happen to employees in a workplace while the director is simultaneously engaged in the work “as part of the business of the corporation,” the Court of Appeal of Alberta…

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How this statutory benefits ruling hinged on the word “the”

November 5, 2019 by Jason Contant

Saskatchewan’s highest court has ruled in favour of the province’s government auto insurer in a case involving statutory death benefits paid collectively to three dependant children. The Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan’s ruling in Johnson v Saskatchewan Government Insurance, released…

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Power outage restoration enters “most difficult phase”: Hydro Quebec

November 5, 2019 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Hydro-Quebec says it is aiming to have all of the roughly 40,000 customers still without power Monday afternoon reconnected to the grid by Tuesday. The 1,400 employees working to restore power across the province following Friday’s windstorm have…

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Why this commercial food spoilage claim from ice storm was denied

November 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If your client has coverage for business interruption and spoiled perishable food inventory, does that still kick in if the loss was caused by damage to power transmission lines off the client’s property? For a Toronto bakery, the answer is…

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Desjardins revises data theft impact numbers, says 4.2 million affected

November 1, 2019 by Julien Arsenault - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – The Desjardins Group data theft is much more widespread than first thought and actually hit 4.2 million members, the banking co-operative’s chief executive said Friday. Guy Cormier told a news conference the revised number – which represents the…

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The ‘interpretative stumbling block’ in figuring out whether off-road vehicle accidents are insured

October 31, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Confused about whether Ontario accident benefits applies if your client has an out-of-province accident involving a dirt bike or all-terrain vehicle? The Court of Appeal for Ontario tried to address this confusion in Benson v. Belair Insurance Company. If an…

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Edmonton window washing accident amid high winds under investigation

October 31, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – The City of Edmonton says it’s investigating a window-washing company that was working on the capital’s tallest tower last week in windy conditions when a suspended platform smashed into the building and threw a worker over a railing.…

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What stops this insurer from measuring effectiveness of winter tires

October 29, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than half a million Manitoba motorists are taking advantage of a winter tire financing program, but the jury is still out on whether the program has reduced accident frequency or severity. There are about 580,000 registered passenger vehicles in…

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How B.C. plans to address nat cat risk management

October 29, 2019 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The challenges of preventing and responding to devastating wildfires and floods in British Columbia and the prospect of more disasters to come has prompted the government to reassess its emergency management laws. The Emergency Program Act needs to…

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$2.2-million credit score class action settlement with The Personal approved

October 28, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A $2.2 million settlement of a class-action privacy lawsuit against The Personal has been approved by a judge, plaintiffs’ law firm Waddell Phillips Professional Corporation announced Monday. The lawsuit arose after The Personal asked some auto claimants if it could…

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Final pieces of storm toppled crane removed off top of Halifax building

October 28, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – The final pieces of a crane that collapsed onto a building in Halifax last month, during post-tropical storm Dorian, have been removed. A government release says the pieces that were lying on the top storey of the Olympus…