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Ontario premier’s stance on liability protection from pandemic

July 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

It is not clear yet whether the Ontario government will grant any protection for liability arising from COVID-19, but the province will not protect “bad actors” in the long-term care or nursing home sector, a spokesperson for Premier Doug Ford

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More class actions headed to court over pandemic business interruption

July 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Class actions asserting pandemic BI insurance coverage are starting to mount in the ‘In’ baskets of Canada’s insurance defence bar. Most recently, Koskie Minsky announced July 6 that it will be one of two firms (the other being Merchant Law)

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Lac Megantic marks seventh anniversary of 2013 rail disaster with memorial site

July 6, 2020 by Stephanie Marin – THE CANADIAN PRESS

Seven years after a rail disaster decimated its downtown, Lac-Megantic sought Monday to honour both its past and future by inaugurating a long-planned memorial space at the site at the heart of the tragedy. On July 6, 2013, a runaway

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How liability for deductibles on strata claims is changing in B.C.

July 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Strata unit owners might see a reduction in liability risk for common-area damage if a recently-tabled bill is passed in British Columbia. “Right now, if a water pipe bursts in a bathroom due to manufacturer error and leaks beyond common

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COVID-19 sparks debate about U.S. adjuster use in Calgary

July 3, 2020 by David Gambrill

COVID-19 appears to be kindling proud sentiments about employing Canadian adjusters, after social media posts triggered an age-old debate about using U.S. adjusters to handle catastrophe claims in Canada. Twitter was abuzz with comments after Global News posted a piece

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CIAA comments on use of foreign adjusters following Calgary hail event

July 3, 2020 by Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association

TORONTO, ON, JULY 2, 2020/insPRESS/ –  The Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association (CIAA) has been asked for comment in recent social media postings related to the use of insurance claims adjusters from the USA by Canadian insurers in response to the recent

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What was abnormal about June Calgary hail storm

July 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Alberta’s hailstorm in mid-June was so severe that some homes suffered interior damage as a result, an independent adjusting firm reports. “We have seen skylights completely blown out to the point that the hail that impacted that skylight also impacted

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How a property owner can be liable when a motorcycle hits a wayward donkey

July 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released Thursday means a construction materials supplier is partly liable for injuries suffered by a motorcyclist who collided with a donkey that escaped from a rural property. In 2009, Amir Youssef was riding his

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Dam threatened by water levels in rural Manitoba, some residents evacuate

July 2, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

RIVERS, Man.  – A rural Manitoba mayor says some people and livestock have been evacuated from his community because high water levels are threatening a dam. Rural Municipality of Riverdale Mayor Todd Gill says 38 households in the Little Saskatchewan

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How the P&C industry can lead change in long-term care homes

June 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers could be instrumental in pushing nursing homes and long-term care facilities to improve the way they manage the risk of a disease outbreak, a Toronto-based personal injury lawyer suggests. “As a plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer, I usually don’t see

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Three injured, including firefighter, in house fire in Toronto’s Little Italy

June 29, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Two residents and a firefighter have been injured in an early morning house fire in Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood. Emergency crews were called to a home near College Street and Manning Avenue at 1:25 a.m. for a fire

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How ‘actual cash value’ could be affecting some Alberta hail victims

June 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If some Alberta homeowners are only getting a small fraction of the cost to repair properties damaged in the recent hail storm, that could be the result of choosing a policy that only covers actual cash value, Insurance Bureau of