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Client dogged by $1,277 uninsured water damage remediation bill

April 14, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia client who runs a dog kennel business out of her home is liable for some water damage remediation costs that her insurer did not cover because they relate to business and not personal use of the property.

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How to bring the risk of catastrophic events home to your clients

April 9, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry needs to ramp up its public education efforts to bring the risk of catastrophic events home to the Canadian population, speakers said Thursday during the virtual CIP Society Symposium 2021. “I don’t like to

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Why B.C.’s tax collector tried to burn Mutual Fire for an extra $4.5 million

April 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s income tax commissioner must re-visit a decision to bill Mutual Fire Insurance Company of British Columbia an extra $4.5 million in premium taxes and interest from the 2012 and 2013 taxation years. Mutual Fire appealed the ruling by

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Etiquette for asking if your employees are vaccinated

April 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Asking your workers whether or not they got their COVID-19 vaccine shot is not necessarily a good idea. “If you are going to require employees to disclose their vaccination status, you need to consider the nature of the workplace,” said

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Vehicle repair mishap engages both home and auto insurance: B.C. Court

April 8, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia is partly responsible for paying legal defence costs of a homeowner being sued by a guest who was injured when the homeowner was repairing his classic car. On Aug. 9, 2015, Gary Upton was

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Supreme Court of Canada considers municipal liability in snow removal decisions

April 8, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Municipalities are not liable for “policy decisions” on matters such as snowplowing, but lawyers disagree on exactly what kind of a “policy decision” could shield a government from liability in a personal injury lawsuit. “Back home in Newfoundland, when there

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Fire sweeps through unfinished condos in Kelowna, B.C., forcing nearby evacuations

April 8, 2021 by The Canadian Press

KELOWNA, B.C. – A condominium development under construction in Kelowna, B.C., has been severely damaged in a fierce early morning blaze. Flames broke out in a new phase of the Parklane townhouse complex on Kelowna’s north side on Tuesday. Fire

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Canada’s P&C industry can’t shoulder the losses of the next earthquake by itself

April 7, 2021 by Adam Malik

Canada isn’t financially prepared to handle a major earthquake whenever it may come, says an industry observer. As a result, the property and casualty industry is at risk without a plan in place. Models are painting a grim picture of

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B.C. applying for stay in court ruling on auto injury claims: Attorney General

April 6, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – British Columbia is applying for a partial stay in a recent B.C. Supreme Court ruling about jurisdiction over motor vehicle injury disputes, pending its appeal of the same decision, Attorney General David Eby said this week. The March

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B.C. pilot study to allow electric kick scooters to operate legally in six cities

March 25, 2021 by Nick Wells - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A newly approved pilot project will allow electric kick scooters to legally cruise the streets and bike paths of six British Columbia municipalities. Transportation Minister Rob Fleming said Tuesday the pilot project is all about looking at emerging

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Strata unit owner loses $5,000 claim after mice chew through dishwasher line

March 24, 2021 by David Gambrill

In the case of a flood caused by a mice infestation, a B.C. strata unit owner was not allowed to recover her $500 insurance deductible or $273 premium increase from the strata corporation despite having warned the strata corporation about

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Victims lose $2M in cryptocurrency frauds, Vancouver police warn scams more frequent

March 22, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — Police say cryptocurrency scams cost victims in the Vancouver-area about $2 million in just one week and investigators believe the frauds are becoming more common. Vancouver police Const. Tania Visintin says she knows of at least four active