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Insurer loses scooter claim because of a ‘deprecated’ sales receipt

October 20, 2020 by David Gambrill

If a claim for a stolen scooter draws suspicion, an insurer will need to do more than just cite skepticism about the condition in which the power charger, keys and helmet are returned — especially if the electronic bike’s purchase

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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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Cancelled contracts in the COVID age: A tribunal weighs in on a wedding, interrupted

October 14, 2020 by David Gambrill

A public health emergency such as a pandemic may be an unforeseen “act of God,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will make it illegal or impossible for a business to fulfill the terms of a commercial contract with a

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B.C. auto could look a bit like these two provinces under a Liberal regime: IBC

October 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If the Liberals return to power this fall in British Columbia after a three-year hiatus, and if they keep their election promises, the province’s auto insurance system may look similar to the auto insurance systems in both Quebec and Saskatchewan,

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Why opening up B.C. auto to competition could help even if it doesn’t lower prices

October 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia motorists would probably benefit from more choice in auto insurance if it means they can start doing more things by phone and online, suggests the co-founder of an online price comparison site. With the provincial election scheduled Oct.

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Appeal court spells out difference between an ‘omission’ and a ‘misrepresentation’ on an insurance form

October 8, 2020 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s Court of Appeal overturned a decision Wednesday against BCAA Insurance Corporation in a case that turned on the crucial difference between an “omission” and a “misrepresentation” in a home insurance application. Ultimately, the B.C. Court of Appeal ordered a

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How COVID-19 can trigger a ‘force majeure’ or ‘act of God’ clause in a contract

October 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic could be considered an “act of God,” but that doesn’t necessarily mean a client can recoup a deposit for cancelling a large gathering, a recent British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal ruling suggests. While most property and casualty

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Why B.C. brokers are not rallying behind Liberal auto insurance election promise

October 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s Liberal party, which ruled the province from 2001 through 2017, is promising to open auto insurance up to competition if voters return the Liberals to power in the Oct. 24 election. “The ICBC monopoly is a failure and

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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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Mud and snow tires in winter prompts another small claim in B.C.

October 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia car rental companies that provide mud and snow tires in December or January are keeping the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal busy. In Fraser v. ICBC, released Wednesday, the CRT ruled against a claimant who sought $5,000 in damages

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Broker lands in hot water after a man receives a surprise gift from his father-in-law

September 29, 2020 by David Gambrill

A B.C. broker received a $1,000 fine and was ordered to complete a course in auto insurance for her role in trying to help a man purchase a car for his son-in-law. The provincial broker regulator found that the broker,