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Will changes to Alberta auto reduce insurers’ claims costs?

November 20, 2020 by Jason Contant

Proposed changes to auto insurance regulations in Alberta and new Orders in Council should help reduce claims costs for insurers, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) told Canadian Underwriter Thursday. Bill 41, the Insurance (Enhancing Driver Affordability and Care) Amendment Act,

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Westland brokerage moves in an easterly direction

November 13, 2020 by Jason Contant

Westland Insurance’s mergers and acquisition strategy continues in an easterly direction from its roots in British Columbia. Just days after closing its first-ever brokerage acquisition in Ontario, Westland Insurance Group Ltd. announced its second acquisition in Manitoba. On Nov. 10,

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Hard market is trickling down to condo unit owners

November 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The hard market in commercial property coverage for condo corporations is having an impact on individual condo and strata unit owners, new data from LowestRates.ca shows. Personal property rates for condo unit owners increased 16% year-over-year in both Alberta and

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Alberta farmers file what may be first class-action lawsuit over unpaid oil leases

November 11, 2020 by The Canadian Press

CALGARY – Two Alberta landowners have filed what a lawyer says could be the first class-action lawsuit against an energy company for not making its lease payments. “It’s a pretty clear contract,” said lawyer Matthew Farrell, who is representing Reinhold

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Brokerage M&A round-up: Which four were bought?

November 9, 2020 by Jason Contant

British Columbia-based Westland Insurance Group Ltd. has moved into the Ontario market, announcing that it has acquired Gillons Insurance Brokers Ltd. The “significant and substantial milestone” supports Westland’s expansion strategy to become a national insurance brokerage, the brokerage said when

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How this Supreme Court ruling impacts contractor insolvency risk

November 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling means construction clients need to be careful about contract wording that refers to insolvency or bankruptcy. With the Oct. 2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has taken away a tool that a

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Western Canadian air tanker fleet busy despite drop in wildfires

October 19, 2020 by Bill Graveland - THE CANADIAN PRESS

RED DEER, Alta. – A family-run company providing air-tanker support to control menacing wildfires in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Yukon is a little less busy these days, but it has nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic. “It has

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The growing cost to clean up abandoned and orphaned wells

October 16, 2020 by 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. Author: Kevin Kemball, Director – Centre for Boreal Research, Northern Alberta

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Brokerage M&A roundup: Westland and BrokerTeam announce deals

October 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Westland Insurance Group and BrokerTeam Group have both announced separate deals this past week. Westland Insurance Group Ltd. acquired two Alberta brokerages, effective Oct. 1. Surrey, B.C.-based Westland announced Friday it closed the acquisition of Carstairs, Alta.-based Ironside Insurance Brokers

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Why insurers incurred penalties for over-charging Alberta auto clients

October 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Programming errors are cited as the culprit for why some Alberta auto clients have been charged higher rates than those approved by the Automobile Insurance Rate board. Six auto insurers (ultimately owned by Economical, TD Bank and Intact) had to

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How to prevent disruptions in food supply chains after COVID-19

October 2, 2020 by John G. Keogh, Strategist, Advisor, Academic Researcher, University of Reading

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.   Almost all businesses involved in the food supply chain have

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Seven survivors of Alberta tour bus rollover file lawsuit

October 1, 2020 by Daniela Germano - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – A northern Alberta woman who survived a fatal tour bus crash in Jasper National Park this summer says she is one of the lucky ones, but her recovery will be long and painful. Sweta Patel, 27, from High