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Community mourns Manitoba teens killed by tornado

August 10, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MELITA, Man. – The mayor of a small southwestern Manitoba town says everyone in the community is devastated after a tornado killed two well-liked teens. Bill Holden says residents in Melita are feeling profound grief since Shayna Barnesky and Carter…

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Policies under the microscope

August 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

How the outcome of a test case in Britain over business interruption coverage during COVID-19 may reverberate throughout the Canadian commercial P&C market

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Fraudsters exposed in COVID-19

August 6, 2020 by Ephraim Stulberg, Partner, MDD Forensic Accountants

Here’s where, and why, insurers see more fraud claims being uncovered

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COVID’s impact on Aviva’s first-half results

August 6, 2020 by David Gambrill

Aviva Canada overcame high claims costs related to pandemic losses and severe-weather catastrophe events in Alberta to trim its combined operating ratio (COR) down from 98.1% in the first half of 2019 to 95.5% during the first half of this…

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Tropical storm Isaias expected to bring heavy rain, wind gusts to eastern Canada

August 4, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A tropical storm that has lashed parts of the eastern United States should be diminished in strength by the time it reaches eastern Canada, the Canadian Hurricane Centre says. Centre forecaster Chris Fogarty said that Isaias was on…

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What the court said when “surface water” appeared in the policy exclusion, but not in the flood endorsement

July 31, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Co-operators has to pay a Mississauga banquet hall facility nearly $1 million – about double the amount it originally paid on a sewer backup policy – for losses arising from an historic 2013 rain storm, the Court of Appeal…

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The business line that drove Intact’s profitability in 2020 Q2

July 31, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you placed homeowner’s insurance with Intact during 2020 Q2, your business helped propel Canada’s largest P&C insurer to its most profitable second-quarter personal property result in more than 10 years. Intact Financial Corp. reported that its combined ratio in…

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Who’s getting funding for new research in wildfire prediction, responses

July 31, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A university located in the heart of one of British Columbia’s most volatile forest fire regions will lead new research in wildfire prediction, prevention and response. Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was chosen for the research that…

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TD Insurance’s unique defence to BI class action lawsuits

July 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A coverage dispute lawsuit filed in Ontario mistakenly alleges that TD General Insurance writes business interruption coverage, the insurer says. A proposed Ontario class action filed July 6 alleges TD and dozens of other insurers are in breach of contract…

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How B.C. adjusters are preparing for major earthquake

July 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When the next huge earthquake hits British Columbia, some independent adjusting firms may temporarily re-locate offices inland, perhaps even as far east as Alberta. Kernaghan Adjusters is aiming to be “up and running fairly quickly if we get into an…

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Claimant learns the difference between “hit-and-run” and collision damage

July 28, 2020 by David Gambrill

A driver in B.C. is out $1,777 for incorrectly telling the public auto insurer that damage to his parked vehicle was the result of a “hit-and-run,” as opposed to collision damage. Jiameng Wang took Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)…

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Why Travelers is confident it does not have to cover many COVID-19 business interruption losses

July 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Travelers Companies Inc. will have to spend money defending itself in business interruption coverage lawsuits arising from the pandemic, but officials with the New York City-based insurer do not expect it will actually have to pay out on many…