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What brokers can do more of to help their clients protect against flood risk

August 27, 2020 by David Gambrill

Canadians understand that flood damage has increased, but they don’t necessarily know to protect their homes against it, according to joint research conducted by RSA Canada and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada. The research suggests an opportunity for Canadian P&C…

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Court rules against The Co-operators in hit-and-run scooter accident

August 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario court has ruled against an insurer’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit in which an argument was made that the woman on the receiving end of a hit-and-run could have reasonably done more to get the driver’s information. In…

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Rapid-intensity Hurricane Laura ultimately headed for Newfoundland

August 26, 2020 by David Gambrill

The path of Hurricane Laura — which is currently located off the U.S. Gulf Coast and described as one of the fastest-intensifying storms in history — is tracking to hit St. John’s, Nfld., next Monday as a post-tropical storm, according…

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Why UK insurers say coverage for disease within 25 miles does not apply to COVID business interruption

August 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If a client has business interruption coverage for occurrence of a disease within 25 miles of the property that causes a local government authority to place restrictions on the use of premises, this would not cover widespread lockdowns in case…

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Shift in wind has potential to increase danger near Penticton, B.C. wildfire

August 21, 2020 by The Canadian Press

PENTICTON, B.C. – Firefighters in British Columbia’s southern Okanagan are bracing for a change in wind and weather that has the potential to drive a huge wildfire north toward the outskirts of Penticton. Calm winds over the last few days…

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Why Canada’s top court is reviewing a snow removal lawsuit against a municipality

August 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The question of whether a municipality is protected from liability for a pedestrian’s injury arising from city staff’s snow removal decisions is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. The top court announced Thursday it will hear an appeal from…

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The world’s biggest waves: How climate change could trigger large landslides and ‘mega tsunamis’

August 20, 2020 by Ryan P. Mulligan, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Queen's University, Ontario and Andy Take, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Queen's University, Ontario - THE CANADIAN PRESS

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Authors: Ryan P. Mulligan, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Queen’s University,…

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Why this trial lawyer wants to ban civil jury trials

August 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Motor vehicle accident lawsuits in Ontario are often decided by juries, and one personal injury lawyer would like to change this. “I don’t see a valid cause as to why juries should be retained at all in civil trials,” said…

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Court ruling in hockey claim could lead to more joint defence situations: legal expert

August 19, 2020 by David Gambrill

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision, in which a fan was injured by a hockey puck during a game, may lead to a shift toward joint claims handling at the outset of a claim when two insurers are potentially…

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Hundreds evacuated, thousands on notice as wildfire flares in southern B.C.

August 19, 2020 by The Canadian Press

PENTICTON, B.C. – British Columbia’s unusually quiet wildfire season ended abruptly as a fire flared in the southern Okanagan, forcing hundreds from their homes. Smoke from the blaze, above Skaha Lake near Penticton, was first spotted Tuesday afternoon and by…

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How the largest commercial brokerage views its COVID E&O exposure

August 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Although some commercial clients may start “suing everybody” because their business interruption insurance did not cover income lost during the pandemic, brokers could not have obtained broad-scale pandemic coverage for all clients even if they wanted to because the exposure…

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Top court to consider release that excludes ‘claims of any kind or nature whatsoever’

August 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The legal status of a release that excludes a personal injury claimant from pursuing further claims arising out of the incident “of any kind or nature whatsoever” against the City of Corner Brook, Nfld., is headed to the Supreme Court…