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Oil spill off Newfoundland shore can’t be cleaned up

November 22, 2018 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter - THE CANADIAN PRESS

JOHN’S, N.L. It’s now impossible to clean up Newfoundland’s largest-ever oil spill that leaked into the ocean last week, according to the regulatory board that oversees the province’s offshore activities. The 250,000-litre spill happened on Friday morning while Husky Energy’s…

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Why this simple collision claim needed multiple forensic reports

November 21, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A motorist who was successfully sued for rear-ending a vehicle on an icy road has to reimburse the plaintiff $23,000 for forensic engineering reports. Margaret Ozimkowski was driving home from work Jan. 23, 2012 after dusk in freezing rain. She was…

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Cars submerged in flooded Montreal tunnel

November 21, 2018 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A broken water pipe has flooded a tunnel on a major Montreal artery, submerging three cars. The west-end Atwater tunnel connecting downtown and neighbourhoods to the southwest flooded Tuesday morning after utility workers accidentally punctured the pipe. It…

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This Canadian claims vendor could be bought by CoreLogic

November 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Calgary claims software vendor Symbility Solutions Inc. is one step closer to being taken over by property risk data provider CoreLogic Inc. Shareholders of the publicly-traded Symbility will meet Dec. 13 to vote on a $160-million acquisition offer by CoreLogic. Symbility’s…

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Limo service sued over collision that killed 20

November 20, 2018 by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ALBANY, N.Y. – The operators of a limousine that crashed and killed 20 people in upstate New York were grossly negligent in putting the “dangerous and defective” vehicle on the road, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by one of…

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Condo deductible dispute arises from 60-gallon flood

November 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

When a store on the main floor of a condo building suffered $25,000 in losses from a flood, the strata corporation was on the hook for the $5,000 deductible. The strata corporation tried to recover the $5,000 deductible from a…

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How risk of explosion arises from marijuana legalization

November 19, 2018 by Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Alberta law enforcement officials say they are worried that the legalization of marijuana could lead to potentially explosive consequences for users taking a do-it-yourself approach to making cannabis derivatives at home. Just over a month ago, Canadians were…

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Number of customers affected by power outages quadruples in this province

November 16, 2018 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – A report from BC Hydro says despite soaring numbers of powerful storms or wildfires that cause power outages, the Crown utility is still managing to respond quickly to trouble spots through the use of new technology. The report…

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Priority dispute can proceed in mechanic test-drive case

November 15, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s highest court announced Thursday it will not hear a dispute arising from a vehicle repairman who got hurt while test-driving a customer’s car. The dispute is over a provision in Ontario Regulation 283/95 that sets out rules for auto…

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Company calls for tow truck operator training standards

November 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Tow truck drivers should not be allowed to hook up and haul vehicles damaged in collisions without some sort of certification above and beyond a driver’s licence, says CAA South Central Ontario. “If you have a Class G driver’s licence,…

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How often are people scamming insurers with cheque fraud?

November 14, 2018 by Jason Contant

Insurance fraud is again in the news, after a Moncton, N.B. man was sentenced to 30 days in prison and 18 months probation for illegally intercepting two insurance cheques sent to an Aviva Canada insured. Just how prevalent is cheque…

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What led to massive Nova Scotia privacy breach

November 14, 2018 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – An investigation by Nova Scotia’s privacy commissioner says health officials have been caught “snooping” on personal health records, something she says is a serious invasion of privacy and a prosecutable offence. In an annual report released Wednesday, commissioner…