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The type of claims that may arise from legalization of cannabis edibles

February 14, 2019 by Jason Contant

With the upcoming legalization of edibles containing cannabis this October, Canadian claims adjusters may see more indirect injury loss and damage claims, suggests a lawyer with Field Law in Calgary. Compared to regular smoked marijuana, edibles have a more delayed…

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Why post-tropical storms can be worse than the original storm

February 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

Inland flood damage arising from post-tropical storms can be an even greater risk than wind damage, a meteorologist from Aon said last week at the CatIQ Connect conference in downtown Toronto. “That’s concerning because here in Canada, as in the…

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Lawsuit over flooding, catch-basin access could reach Supreme Court

February 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A property owner who was sued for more than $100,000 over laneway flooding is hoping to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. Marilyn Marks owns commercial property in the community of Tottenham, Ont., about 40 kilometres north of Toronto…

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Why leaking sewers are contributing to higher flood risk

February 11, 2019 by Jason Contant

Brand new storm and sanitary sewers are leaking water at an unacceptable rate, putting individual homes at higher risk of flooding, a civil engineer said last week at the CatIQ Connect conference in Toronto. “We have allowable leakage, a little…

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Executive challenges brokers regarding earthquake take-up rates in Quebec

February 8, 2019 by Jason Contant

Sparks flew during a recent conference discussion about mortgage impairment and earthquake loss, when a senior reinsurance company executive drew a link between the practices of Quebec brokers and the low take-up rates of earthquake insurance in the province. Philipp…

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B.C. auto insurer heading for billion dollar loss

February 8, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s attorney general says the financial situation with the province’s public auto insurance agency is critical and getting worse. David Eby says the Insurance Corporation of B.C. lost $860 million for the first nine months of its…

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What the industry learned from the costliest catastrophe of 2018

February 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

The sheer volume of claims following the windstorm that swept through southern Ontario and Quebec last May led to critical service disruptions, after so many consumers called at once to report their claims to their insurers. “I’m not sure people…

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Top court won’t hear appeal of controversial waiver decision

February 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A 2018 Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling on waivers, described as “great news” for liability insurers, is now final. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will not hear an appeal of Schnarr v. Blue Mountain Resorts Limited,…

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Freight train involved in fatal derailment started on its own: TSB

February 6, 2019 by Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY –  A Canadian Pacific freight train parked on a frigid night in the Rocky Mountains began to move on its own before a derailment that killed three workers and sent 99 grain cars and two locomotives hurling off the…

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Has Intact noticed the impact of pot legalization on auto claims?

February 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Recreational cannabis has been legal for nearly four months, but it’s too early for Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer to tell whether it’s having an impact on auto claims frequency. Senior managers with Intact Financial Corp. were asked Wednesday…

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Aviva rolls out automated claim notification at collision reporting centres

February 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Motorists insured by Aviva Canada will no longer have to make their own first notice of loss (FNOL) to the carrier if they report the accident to a collision reporting centre. This is because Aviva Canada is rolling out an…

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Prominent insurance defence lawyer named as judge

February 5, 2019 by David Gambrill

Insurance defence lawyer William S. Chalmers, managing partner at Hughes Amys LLP, has been appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Toronto. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1987, Justice Chalmers practised law at Hughes…