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Newfoundland expected to see up to 70 cm of snow

January 16, 2020 by The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Residents of eastern Newfoundland are bracing for a blizzard on Friday. Blizzard warnings have been issued for much of the region, where up to 70 centimetres of snow is expected to fall on the northeastern edge…

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Your client’s vehicle is damaged by a massive pothole. Is it covered and is the city liable?

January 15, 2020 by Jason Contant

You’re on your way to work minding your own business when all of a sudden you drive over a massive pothole and damage your car. Does your auto insurance cover it and can the city be held liable? In short,…

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Roadside licence suspensions for impaired drivers faces court challenge

January 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The British Columbia law intended to immediately get impaired drivers off the road could be headed – yet again – to the Supreme Court of Canada. Canada’s top court announced Jan. 10 that Larry Edward Lemieux has applied for leave…

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Blizzard warning issued for southern B.C. region

January 15, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – A powerful snowstorm that has closed part of Highway 1 east of Vancouver, shuttered every public school and university across southern Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver, has now led to a rare blizzard warning for a region just…

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Winter storm causes more than 100 power outages in Quebec

January 14, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Some 125,000 Hydro-Quebec customers are without power after freezing rain and strong winds sent tree branches crashing onto power lines and caused havoc on the roads. The largest number of affected customers are in the Monteregie region southeast…

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Metro Vancouver enduring first major snow storm

January 10, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Metro Vancouver is enduring its first major snow storm of the winter as snowfall warnings cover the entire inner south coast and eastern Vancouver Island, while many other parts of British Columbia also face nasty conditions. Snow reached…

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Did the threshold for special awards against insurers just sink lower?

January 9, 2020 by David Gambrill

A recent decision of the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) concerning an ice fishing accident in Ontario shows that insurers cannot simply rely on the opinions of medical assessors when determining a claimant’s needs, according to one insurance defence lawyer. In…

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Where did that slip and fall liability reform bill land?

January 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Will the Ontario government get around to reforming liability for slips and falls on ice before the winter ends? Bill 118, which passed second reading June 6, is intended to make it easier for clients to defend themselves against lawsuits…

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How catastrophes affected Intact’s Q4 numbers

January 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. is pegging its catastrophe claims at $115 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 alone, more than double the figure for the same period in 2018. Intact released its $115 million estimated catastrophe loss Tuesday. The company…

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Why this town is not liable for electric shock hazard at sports field

January 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario municipality was recently found not liable for an electrical hazard created when a light pole at a sports field was struck by lightning, allowing the light to continue functioning while letting current leak into the ground near the…

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How IBC is addressing hard market in condo insurance

January 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Condo corporations in Alberta that are having trouble finding insurance might be able to get help from the Insurance Bureau of Canada. IBC announced Tuesday it is “engaging” a risk manager who can make practical recommendations to condominium corporations to…

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Another snowstorm making its way toward Atlantic Canada

January 7, 2020 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Another snowstorm is headed for Atlantic Canada. Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for much of Nova Scotia, saying between 15 and 25 centimetres of snow is expected on Wednesday – along with northerly gusts reaching 70 kilometres…