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What’s the most dangerous form of driving? What telematics tells us…

August 27, 2019 by Adam Malik

When it comes to the most dangerous form of aggressive driving, speed stands above the rest as most likely to cause a crash. Research from the University of Waterloo has found that speeding is more likely than hard braking, hard…

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Tropical storm to hit Atlantic Canada by Thursday

August 27, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Environment Canada is warning residents of the Maritimes to brace for a tropical storm later this week. Tropical storm Erin is expected to form later today off the Carolinas and then track northeastward toward Nova Scotia, where heavy…

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You know why the market is hardening – but do your clients?

August 26, 2019 by Adam Malik

Thanks to premium increases, a byproduct of a hardening insurance cycle, insurance professionals are facing an uphill battle in the eye of public opinion. That’s why Justin Thouin, co-founder and CEO at LowestRates.ca, wants to change how the general public…

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The impact of east London disaster on the P&C industry

August 22, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Ten London, Ont. properties have “substantial” damage as a result of last week’s gas explosion, though it does not appear to be a major loss for Canada’s property and casualty industry as a whole. About twelve minutes after a vehicle…

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Insurers spar after passenger grabs steering wheel, causing accident

August 22, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Should a motorist be liable if a front-seat passenger deliberately grabbed the wheel and took control, causing an accident? Insurers debate this, but judges say a client in this situation should not be liable. In McKay v. Park, released Monday,…

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Ten-vehicle crash in Alberta kills three

August 21, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

CEREAL, Alta. – A Saskatchewan man says a well-timed pit stop may have helped him avoid getting caught in a fiery 10-vehicle crash in southeastern Alberta that killed three people. Dore Germo and his wife left Kelowna, B.C., on Monday…

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Intact’s other deal: ‘You can bet that other insurers are paying close attention’

August 20, 2019 by Adam Malik

Intact Financial Corp. agreeing to buy On Side Restoration will likely lead to similar deals going forward and while risks exist, one adjuster believes it will probably bring more good than bad to the insurance industry – with a lot…

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What this season’s crop claims look like so far

August 20, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Canadian Crop Hail Association says more than 10,000 damage claims have been received by its member companies so far this season. The association says in a release that at the mid-point of the year, Saskatchewan farmers filed 6,900 claims…

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The one technology the industry can’t wait to see grow

August 19, 2019 by Adam Malik

There’s one automotive technology that has industry experts excited because it’s playing an increasingly key role in reducing crashes and increasing driver safety: autonomous emergency braking (AEB). But it will take some time before significant results are seen. AEB is…

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Post-flood demolition begins in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac

August 19, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

STE-MARTHE-SUR-LE-LAC, Que. – Four months after a dike ruptured and forced 6,000 people from the town of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, demolition work has begun on flood-stricken homes in the community west of Montreal. Roland Gariepy, 77, paid a visit to his old…

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Auto claimant awarded $200K despite court’s skepticism about his credibility

August 16, 2019 by David Gambrill

A B.C. fire dispatcher with pre-existing back pain was awarded $200,000 for his auto accident injuries, even though the Supreme Court of British Columbia also found that he was “not a reliable historian of his own condition or other events.”…

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Earthquake knocks out power in Saskatchewan communities

August 16, 2019 by The Canadian Press

ESTERHAZY, Sask. – A small earthquake shook parts of southeastern Saskatchewan Thursday night, knocking out power and rattling homes in the region. The United States Geological Survey confirms the 4.1-magnitude quake happened 17 kilometres east of Esterhazy around 8:30 p.m.…