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Canada’s biggest insurance losses in 2019

January 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Insured damage from floods, rain, snow and windstorms reached $1.3 billion in 2019, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reported Tuesday, citing data from Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ) “Like 2018, no single event in 2019 caused the high…

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State of emergency in St. John’s stretches into sixth day

January 22, 2020 by The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Commercial flights have resumed in and out of St. John’s, N.L., today, as eastern Newfoundland continues to dig itself out from last week’s record-breaking blizzard. Today is the sixth day the provincial capital has been under…

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Adjudicating claims and setting claims reserves are different, right?

January 21, 2020 by David Gambrill

An Ontario court has rejected an attempt by claimants in a bad faith claim against an insurer to blur the line between claims adjudication and setting claims reserves, ruling that the insurer’s “records pertaining to reserves” were irrelevant to how…

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State of emergency delays adjusters’ response to ‘Snowmageddon’ in Newfoundland

January 20, 2020 by David Gambrill

Buried under a record-breaking 76 cm of snow over a 48-hour period, and with 15-20 cm more snow in the forecast Monday, it will be a while before claims adjusters will be able to assess the damage of the massive…

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Couple sued over basement flooding after selling fixer-upper

January 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A Kelowna couple have been sued for $168,000 after a house they sold suffered basement flooding. In Brunning v. Cummings, released Jan. 13, Supreme Court of British Columbia Justice Gordon Weatherill awarded the damages to Cheri and Joel Brunning. The…

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How this buried oil tank came back to haunt former homeowners

January 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If your clients are selling their home, should you ask whether prospective buyers want written assurance that any oil tanks are removed and the soil cleaned up? Scott Warren and Antonia Camille Fantillo sold their home in early 2016. They…

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Commercial clients should do this before they leave for the day

January 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Are your clients checking the bathrooms before they leave work for the day? “The last thing you want is to leave someone with access to your property after the doors have been locked,” Northbridge Insurance noted in Closing time: Making…

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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…