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Mud and snow tires in winter prompts another small claim in B.C.

October 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia car rental companies that provide mud and snow tires in December or January are keeping the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal busy. In Fraser v. ICBC, released Wednesday, the CRT ruled against a claimant who sought $5,000 in damages

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One certifiable way to improve the driver’s claims journey

October 1, 2020 by Adam Malik

Drivers in Ontario can anticipate a smoother claims journey if collision repair shops in the province are certified in the future as expected, according to a pair of experts. Currently, the national trade association that represents collision repairers is in

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Expectations and relevancy: What’s at risk for the P&C industry

September 30, 2020 by Adam Malik

If the property and casualty insurance industry doesn’t “come to grips” with meeting client needs, the industry is at risk of losing relevancy in the marketplace, warned an industry consultant. Phil Cook, who is also chairman of Omega Insurance Holdings,

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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