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What happened to this therapist who was convicted of insurance fraud

November 17, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An Ajax, Ont. woman who billed claimants and insurers for therapy services that were never performed has lost her bid to appeal her criminal convictions to the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2008, a motor vehicle accident victim went to

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Adjusters monitoring Ontario windstorm as a “potential” Cat event

November 16, 2020 by Jason Contant

Claims adjusters are watching to see if an overnight Ontario windstorm will meet the $25-million threshold of a natural catastrophe (NatCat). As of September, Canadian P&C companies had paid out $2.1 billion for insured NatCat events this year. For now,

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Winter tire use cut an auto insurer’s claims costs by this much

November 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Vehicle damage claims frequency appeared to be 6% lower for vehicles with winter tires than those without winter tires, Manitoba’s public auto insurer concluded in a recent study. “The estimated 6.3% reduction in claim frequency due to winter tire use

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‘Surface water’ commercial coverage dispute could reach Supreme Court of Canada

November 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A $429,000 commercial property coverage dispute involving overflow from a body of water could reach Canada’s top court. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Nov. 6 that the Co-operators wants to appeal Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre Ltd. v.

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Lessons for the industry from pandemic business interruption coverage disputes

November 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Massive business interruption losses resulting from COVID-19 have encouraged discussion about how governments can work with the property and casualty insurance industry to handle global disasters such as future pandemics, the CEO of an Ontario mutual suggests. “Public and private

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One essential thing required for condo premium relief

November 10, 2020 by Adam Malik

Clients don’t always know the process when they have to report a condo insurance claim, and a number of property and casualty insurance professionals believe education of condo managers and boards is key to turning around the hard market in

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Culture change needed to mitigate condo losses: Aviva exec

November 6, 2020 by Adam Malik

As capacity for condo insurance shrinks and premiums continue to mount, property managers and condo boards will find greater success with underwriters if they can show they are embedding responsibility for risk management and mitigating losses into their corporate culture,

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How the industry’s reputation is faring during COVID

November 3, 2020 by Adam Malik

In a spirited debate about the insurance industry’s reputation during the COVID-19 pandemic, an insurance industry researcher said one big reason why some consumers don’t trust insurance companies is because when they submit a claim, they’re treated as if they’re

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How COVID could change adjusting for good

October 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic has permanently changed the way property insurance clients want their claims handled, a technology vendor suggests. “COVID has been the awakening for many companies,” said James Swayze, Toronto-based executive for Canada at CoreLogic Inc. After COVID-19 was

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First the industry mandated fire detectors. Now should it require water detectors?

October 27, 2020 by Adam Malik

An abundance of technology is available to prevent water damage in condo buildings, but panellists of a recent Canadian Underwriter webinar questioned why it’s not being mandated or put to use as condo claims continue to increase. Existing technology such

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What this Vancouver plaintiff’s lawyer says about pandemic business interruption coverage

October 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia lawyer suggests at least half the business interruption insurance policies he has reviewed should cover a client who lost business because of emergency measures imposed to contain the novel coronavirus. “People who have ‘all-risk’ policies should be

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How auto insurers are promoting National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Teenagers are 3.1 times more likely to follow too closely than drivers older than 45, Manitoba’s auto insurer is warning. Teens are also 3.6 times more likely to lose control or drive off the road than drivers aged 45 and