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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,

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Mud + snow tires count as winter tires: Tribunal

September 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s civil resolution tribunal has ruled against a motorist who claims the car he rented did not have proper winter tires because they were marked “mud + snow,” but the motorist is not liable for alleged damage to the

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What this insurtech says are two ways of being better than the average broker

September 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you want to be better than the average brokerage, try explaining coverages through the use of examples and try not making consumers wait for days for answers, the co-founder of an insurtech advises. “Insurance can be somewhat stuffy and

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No, you can’t ram a car in a fit of road rage and collect insurance for the damage

September 18, 2020 by David Gambrill

A B.C. driver recently learned the hard way that you can’t ram your car into another car during a parking lot road rage incident and then make an insurance claim for the repair. Majid Abood was waiting in his car

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B.C. amends law in effort to address high condo and townhouse insurance premiums

September 16, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The B.C. government has announced regulatory changes aimed at bringing more transparency to condo insurance premiums that have risen by as much as 40 per cent. The Finance Ministry says effective Nov. 1, insurers or insurance agents will

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Appeal judge: Is the lack of a privacy-breach tort in this province ‘anachronistic’?

September 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s courts need to take a close look at the question of whether the province has a tort for breach of privacy, an appeal court judge suggested in a recent decision arising from a data breach at a Vancouver-based

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Westland Insurance reveals its M&A strategy for the future

September 14, 2020 by Jason Contant

Fresh from closing four acquisitions in western Canada, large brokerage Westland Insurance Group plans to continue exploring opportunities in the west, as well as consider deals that would move the brokerage in a more easterly direction. Westland announced on Sept.

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Flames rip through waterfront park in New Westminster, B.C.

September 14, 2020 by The Canadian Press

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – A waterfront park along the Fraser River in New Westminster, B.C., has been extensively damaged by a major fire. New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote called the situation at Pier Park “devastating” in a social media message

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Brokerage M&A activity surges amid pandemic

September 3, 2020 by Jason Contant

Brokerage consolidation has exploded, with at least six acquisitions announced across Canada in the past week. Most recently, large brokerage Westland Insurance Group  announced Wednesday the closing of four deals, adding new retail offices in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba.