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Trial lawyers to intervene in important accident benefits case

March 2, 2023 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s Superior Court has allowed the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) to intervene in an auto insurance case that will address whether a settlement agreement is enforceable when the injured claimant dies before accident benefits (AB) structured settlement instructions were

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How your commercial clients are faring with fraud prevention

March 2, 2023 by Jason Contant

Three-quarters of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Canada experienced fraud within the past year, even though nearly nine in 10 reported having a fraud prevention and response program in place, according to a new survey from KPMG in Canada.

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Why your commercial clients may be at risk of ESG legal action

March 1, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Canadian law firms are preparing for an uptick in environmental, social, and governance (ESG)-related legal cases, based on the rise of such cases in the U.S., a litigator tells Canadian Underwriter. ESG lawsuits occur when a company is taken to

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Oil well cleanup program listed as ‘key objective’ in Alberta’s pre-election budget

March 1, 2023 by Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s last budget before an expected spring election gives strong support to a proposed tax break for energy companies to fulfill their legal cleanup duties but doesn’t tell voters how much would be spent on

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Do clients have a better handle on supply chain risk?

February 28, 2023 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Many businesses are still recovering from supply chain disruptions that shocked them during the height of the pandemic, and 80% of firms said a lack of insurance solutions is among the greatest challenges to addressing their risks, according to a

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Federal disaster aid program being overhauled to include climate adaptation

February 27, 2023 by Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada’s overworked disaster assistance program is being overhauled so that future projects would only be eligible for aid if they take into account the need to adapt to climate change. Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair, who was in

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Frigid conditions should lift in B.C., but incoming system to bring heavy snow

February 24, 2023 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Extreme cold, Arctic outflow or snowfall warnings cover most of northern and central British Columbia as an icy and powerful storm sweeps over the province.   Environment Canada says the accompanying wind chill has made conditions in those areas

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Government caps disaster assistance, lowers threshold for property buyouts

February 23, 2023 by Jason Contant

Another provincial government is changing the way it provides disaster financial assistance by capping assistance for claims related to the same type of disaster at $200,000. New Brunswick is increasing the maximum payout for structural damage to $200,000, setting a

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Court approves insurer’s settlement over COVID flight cancellations

February 23, 2023 by David Gambrill

Ontario’s Superior Court has approved a $4.8-million settlement in a class action lawsuit related to the denial of travel insurance claims by TD Home and Auto Insurance for cancelled flights during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. During that

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Thousands in Ontario remain without power after winter storm

February 23, 2023 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Hydro One says tens of thousands of its customers in southwestern Ontario lost power after Wednesday’s winter storm and some might have to wait until Friday night for it to be restored.   The utility says more than 33,000

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How automation’s shifting on-site claims work to bigger losses

February 23, 2023 by Philip Porado

COVID-19 accelerated development of process efficiencies for insurance adjusters. Pre-pandemic, data-gathering and communications systems began shifting many claims to desk teams, creating efficiencies for adjusters by reserving site visits for complex cases. “What COVID did was expedite some of that

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B.C. adds $180 million to help communities prepare for natural disasters

February 22, 2023 by Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – Premier David Eby says he’s introducing more supports to better prepare British Columbia communities for natural disasters related to climate change before they happen. “The last few years have taught us a hard lesson about the impacts of