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‘Much clearer picture’ of how Ottawa will address flood risk coming soon

September 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A special pool, in which high-risk properties would have caps or subsidies on premiums for flood insurance, remains a possibility in Canada, and the industry should have a much better idea this fall of what the government plans to do,

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The collision industry is looking to certify shops. Will that impact auto premiums?

September 29, 2020 by Adam Malik

A push to certify Ontario collision repair shops could impact insurance rates and see premiums come down, says one automotive expert. Whether or not it does, such a move will still positively affect the insurance industry, adds an Insurance Bureau

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Intact warns of indirect economic impact from COVID

September 29, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest risks facing Canadian insurers, executives told a recent investors’ conference. “What can happen to us is what we call indirect losses,” Intact Financial Corp. CFO Louis Marcotte said

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Alberta’s disaster risk assessment plan in poor shape: auditor

September 29, 2020 by The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Alberta’s auditor general says the province does a poor job of anticipating and preparing for disasters. In a report released this morning, Doug Wylie says Alberta doesn’t have a consistent plan for evaluating the risk the province faces

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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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Locked-up computer systems only part of ‘terrifying’ ransomware scourge

September 28, 2020 by Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A shadowy group of cyber criminals that attacked a prominent nursing organization and Canadian Tire store has successfully targeted other companies with clients in governments, health care, insurance and other sectors. Posts on their NetWalker “blog” indicate the

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Why this client wants to take insurer to Supreme Court over family protection endorsement

September 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A motor vehicle personal injury lawsuit, involving Ontario’s family protection endorsement and multiple defendants when alcohol is involved, could be headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. A key question before the top court — if it decides to hear

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Feds urged to consider backstop for ‘tail risks’ such as pandemic, quake and flood

September 25, 2020 by David Gambrill

Discussions around providing pandemic coverage in the future are highlighting the need to develop a Canadian federal government backstop for other serious “tail risk” events such as earthquakes, floods and wildfires, says the president of the Property and Casualty Insurance

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Does COVID lockdown constitute ‘prevention or hindrance of access’ under BI?

September 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Clients who lost business income during the pandemic might not get coverage even if they have coverage for “prevention or hindrance of access,” but this depends on exactly how the policies are worded. The High Court of England and Wales

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Winners and losers of the COVID-19 quarter

September 24, 2020 by David Gambrill

Although COVID-19 infected the underwriting results of the entire P&C insurance industry, it did not affect all insurance organizations equally, as recent data released by MSA Research shows. “The overall picture that emerges at the end of June is one

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How Canadian courts could be influenced by U.K. business interruption test case

September 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A recent British court ruling could be good news for Canadian clients who bought insurance covering business interruption from an occurrence of a notifiable disease within a specified distance of their premises, and who had to close due to the

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Post-tropical storm Teddy makes landfall in Nova Scotia bringing high winds, rain

September 23, 2020 by Michael MacDonald - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – The centre of post-tropical storm Teddy made landfall in eastern Nova Scotia on Wednesday morning and then trudged across southern Cape Breton, its 100-kilometre-per-hour winds causing power outages – but not much damage. Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist at