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Claimant can’t resume auto AB payments after 13 months on the job

January 30, 2023 by David Gambrill

A New Brunswick woman injured in an auto accident is not entitled to resume her accident benefits payments 13 months after returning to work, the province’s top court has ruled. New Brunswick’s Court of Appeal sided with her auto insurer,

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Is inflation affecting how policyholders drive?

January 30, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Insurers had predicted consumer driving habits would return to pre-pandemic levels during 2022, or 2023 at the latest, but inflation may be throwing a wrench in those forecasts, said a recent industry survey.  Almost half (48%) of Canadians have made

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Meteorologist explains why future NatCat claims won’t get any better

January 27, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

As the climate warms, even predictable weather patterns — like El Niño and La Niña, which are affected by rising sea temperatures — are changing alongside the climate, a weather expert warns.  And that could mean more frequent and severe

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Borrowing cars and implied consent: When ‘No’ doesn’t mean ‘No.’

January 27, 2023 by David Gambrill

If a friend asks you to borrow your rental car, sometimes saying ‘No’ doesn’t actually mean ‘No.’ An auto repair shop owner in Ontario was held vicariously liable last Wednesday for an auto accident injury caused after his friend, who

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Why 2022 industry results could be one for the record books

January 27, 2023 by Jason Contant

Historically good underwriting combined with historically bad investment results have made the Canadian P&C industry’s 2022 Q3 financial results unique, per the latest quarterly report from the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC). The decline in investment returns is

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Does your client need D&O or an ancillary coverage?

January 26, 2023 by Philip Porado

While directors and officers (D&O) insurance is designed to cover individuals and corporate assets on the broadest threat level, certain exposures may require separate, dedicated policies focused on specific risks. When claim scenarios are investigated, it may become clear a

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Southern Ontario digging out after winter storm, snow still falling in eastern parts

January 26, 2023 by The Canadian Press

Much of southern Ontario is cleaning up from a major winter storm, while snow remains in the forecast for parts of eastern Ontario. Ottawa and much of eastern Ontario have been under snowfall warnings, though Environment Canada has now ended

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How Canada’s insured cat losses stack up globally

January 25, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Severe weather made 2022 the third costliest year on record for Canadian insurers, and the fifth costliest year globally, said a report this week from Aon.  These events point to a severe gap in insurance protection in some parts of

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Bank of Canada hikes key interest rate by quarter point, says it plans to hold

January 25, 2023 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point Wednesday and said it expects this to be the last rate hike of the cycle. The rate increase marks the eighth consecutive

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Automotive products manufacturer hit by cybersecurity incident at three factories

January 24, 2023 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Exco Technologies Ltd. says three of its factories have been hit by what it is calling a cybersecurity incident.   The company says it has taken steps to secure its systems and mitigate the impact to the company’s data

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Insurer wins third-party liability claim against road-rager

January 24, 2023 by David Gambrill

An insurer successfully brought a third-party liability claim against a road-rager who was found to be 50% responsible for an accident between two other vehicles as a result of his threatening actions. The insurers were not named in the Court

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How the recession will affect personal lines

January 24, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

An impending recession could mean unaffordability for personal lines policyholders who make up almost half (49%) of the industry’s direct property premiums, an expert at the Insurance Institute of Canada’s Industry Trends & Predictions: 2023 webinar said. Insurers will need to