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Fraudsters exposed in COVID-19

August 6, 2020 by Ephraim Stulberg, Partner, MDD Forensic Accountants

Here’s where, and why, insurers see more fraud claims being uncovered

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What the court said when “surface water” appeared in the policy exclusion, but not in the flood endorsement

July 31, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Co-operators has to pay a Mississauga banquet hall facility nearly $1 million – about double the amount it originally paid on a sewer backup policy – for losses arising from an historic 2013 rain storm, the Court of Appeal

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The business line that drove Intact’s profitability in 2020 Q2

July 31, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you placed homeowner’s insurance with Intact during 2020 Q2, your business helped propel Canada’s largest P&C insurer to its most profitable second-quarter personal property result in more than 10 years. Intact Financial Corp. reported that its combined ratio in

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Who’s getting funding for new research in wildfire prediction, responses

July 31, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A university located in the heart of one of British Columbia’s most volatile forest fire regions will lead new research in wildfire prediction, prevention and response. Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was chosen for the research that

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TD Insurance’s unique defence to BI class action lawsuits

July 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A coverage dispute lawsuit filed in Ontario mistakenly alleges that TD General Insurance writes business interruption coverage, the insurer says. A proposed Ontario class action filed July 6 alleges TD and dozens of other insurers are in breach of contract

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Why Intact is “very confident” about defending pandemic-related BI claims

July 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Two recent American court rulings in favour of insurers in COVID-related business interruption coverage disputes arose from policy wordings nearly identical to the vast majority of Intact Insurance’s BI policies, officials with Canada’s largest P&C insurer said Wednesday. “The language

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How B.C. adjusters are preparing for major earthquake

July 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When the next huge earthquake hits British Columbia, some independent adjusting firms may temporarily re-locate offices inland, perhaps even as far east as Alberta. Kernaghan Adjusters is aiming to be “up and running fairly quickly if we get into an

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New boiler inspection rules coming to Ontario agriculture

July 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An exemption from inspection rules for boilers and pressure vessels in Ontario’s agricultural sector is coming to an end. Starting next year, boilers and pressure vessels will have to get a certificate of inspection from the province’s Technical Standards and

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Why Travelers is confident it does not have to cover many COVID-19 business interruption losses

July 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Travelers Companies Inc. will have to spend money defending itself in business interruption coverage lawsuits arising from the pandemic, but officials with the New York City-based insurer do not expect it will actually have to pay out on many

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Insurer working on future pandemic coverage for school boards, post-COVID

July 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the Ontario government prepares its school re-opening plan, the insurer for the majority of the province’s boards is working on a plan to provide pandemic coverage, albeit for future pandemics and not for COVID-19. Within the next six to

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Why it’s difficult for insurers to forecast future COVID-related losses

July 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial insured losses caused by the ongoing pandemic cost The Travelers Companies Inc. more than $100 million during the three months ending June 30, but it’s difficult to predict how much more it will cost the insurer in the long

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Multiple townhouse units damaged in Hamilton fire

July 27, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HAMILTON – Firefighters were called out early this morning to battle a massive wind-whipped blaze in a townhouse complex (pictured, above) in Hamilton, Ont. The Hamilton Fire Department says the multi-alarm inferno erupted in the city’s east side on Edenrock