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When the appraisal umpire goes beyond the depreciation rate of both the claimant and the insurer

January 15, 2021 by David Gambrill

In a $1.2-million dispute arising from a property resort fire, an Ontario appraisal umpire did not exceed his authority when he used a much higher depreciation rate than both the claimant and the insurer did to calculate the value of

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Three ways of reducing your client’s risk of false slip-and-fall claims

January 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Installing video systems, keeping an eye out for obstructions on the property and asking claimants for all names they have used in the past are among the techniques your clients can use to protect themselves from fraudulent slip-and-fall claims. Slip

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Why it took four years to add snow removal contractor as a defendant in this slip-and-fall claim

January 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A landscaping firm with a contract to spread salt and sand during the winter has been added as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit in Ontario more than four years after an alleged slip-and-fall accident. 1323765 Ontario Inc., which

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‘Expensive, extreme:’ Environment Canada releases annual Top 10 weather stories list

December 16, 2020 by Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

It was another year of record-breaking disasters and crazy, dangerous weather from coast to coast, says Environment Canada’s senior climatologist. A vicious hailstorm in Calgary wrote off more cars than Albertans normally buy in an entire year. Heat in Ontario

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Ontario wind storm costs the industry $87 million

December 15, 2020 by Jason Contant

Add $87 million to the more than $2.1 billion that the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry has paid out in claims thus far in 2020. An Ontario windstorm in November hit the Greater Toronto Area, the areas of Hamilton,

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Why an adjuster’s notes are out of bounds in this subrogation case

December 14, 2020 by David Gambrill

When The Co-operators quickly notified a third-party insurer, AIG Inc., upfront of its intention to pursue a subrogation claim against AIG’s client in an oil spill case, little did The Co-operators know the move would later backfire when it came

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What four home insurers told the auditor general about illegal electrical work

December 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some Ontario homeowners could collect insurance money on property claims even if the damage was caused by illegal electrical work, the auditor general suggests in her report released Monday. Staff with the province’s Office of the Auditor General contacted four

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Fort McMurray residents still cleaning, considering options after spring flooding

December 8, 2020 by The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – More than seven months ago, Cora Dion and her husband fled Fort McMurray for the second time in four years as a spring flood threatened their home in northern Alberta. They returned to a soggy mess

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Mother Nature’s wrath

December 7, 2020 by Derek Clouthier

Alberta continues to endure the most expensive insured weather events in Canada.  What’s happening and what can be done about it?

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Big Moves: New market entrant in Canada launches with a familiar face

December 3, 2020 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

Haag Global has picked the former CEO of Giffin Koerth, now known as 30 Forensic Engineering, as its leader

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Public not aware of rights lost in B.C.’s no-fault auto scheme: personal injury lawyer

December 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The average British Columbia consumer does not really understand what rights they will lose with the auto insurance reforms scheduled to take effect this May, a Vancouver personal injury lawyer warns. Provincial politicians voted earlier this year to pass Bill

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The Alberta hail cat has not stopped biting

November 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers are still receiving new claims from the June 2020 Alberta hail storm that is estimated to have cost the industry more than $1 billion. “We are actually still seeing some new losses reported from the June storm today,” said