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Canadian government named in class-action privacy breach lawsuit

September 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The federal government is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit over data breaches earlier this year affecting thousands of users of online service users. Criminals were able to get the user names and passwords of 9,041 users of GCKey, the federal

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Lawsuit filed against makers of Montreal-area dike that burst, flooding town

September 3, 2020 by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – A Montreal-area town says its insurance company is suing the maker of a dike that burst last spring, flooding streets and forcing thousands of residents from their homes. Officials from Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac said Tuesday legal action has been filed

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Aviva’s sting operation lawsuit against collision repairer clears first hurdle in court

September 2, 2020 by David Gambrill

A collision repair centre in the Greater Toronto Area has lost its court bid to dismiss Aviva Canada’s $330,000 civil lawsuit against it. The case arose from Aviva’s highly-publicized 2017 investigation into the auto collision industry, based on suspicion of

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Auto insurer sees severe accidents spike on pandemic’s open roads

September 1, 2020 by Jason Contant

This year so far is on track to be the worst year in a decade for serious/catastrophic injuries, government auto insurer Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) reported Friday.  While traffic volumes still remain relatively low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many

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Winds fan flames of B.C. wildfire as crews race to battle the blaze

September 1, 2020 by The Canadian Press

CANAL FLATS, B.C. – Wind gusts fanned the flames of a wildfire near a village at the southern end of Columbia Lake in British Columbia late Saturday, increasing the size of the blaze by about four square kilometres. The BC

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Hurricane warnings: Is it crying wolf when storms aren’t as bad as expected?

August 31, 2020 by David Gambrill

While Hurricane Laura’s insured damage estimates in the United States range anywhere between $4 billion to $12 billion, the post-tropical storm predicted for Atlantic Canada did not quite reach the level of intensity initially forecast for the Maritimes last Thursday.

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Adjuster training: How the industry can up its game

August 31, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry needs to cross-train more claims adjusters if it wants to have enough property adjusters to be available in the event of a catastrophe, industry experts said last week. “Cross-training is important because it is

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Where this industry veteran landed soon after announcing retirement

August 31, 2020 by Jason Contant

One week after retiring as president and chief operating officer of Pembridge and Pafco insurance companies, 40-year industry veteran J.R. (Bob) Tisdale has joined the board of the independent adjusting firm CRU Group. Gary Winston, founder and chair of the

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Adjusting Calgary’s hailstorm: The rationale for bringing in U.S. Cat adjusters

August 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

During the hail storm this past June that damaged tens of thousands of Alberta homes, adjusting firm CRU Group struggled to find enough qualified independent catastrophe adjusters in Canada, and wound up resorting to bringing in people from the United

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Flood repair: Why this condo owner had to pay strata fees for an uninhabitable unit

August 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia resident who had to move out for nearly six months for flood restoration work still has to pay his monthly fees to the strata corporation, the B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal has ruled. Ye Yuan said that from

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How your advice can help flood-proof future real estate development

August 26, 2020 by Adam Malik

There’s not enough collaboration between stakeholders in Canada’s real estate sector and risk professionals with information about natural hazards, and real estate investments could drown as a result, an expert warned. If real estate is constantly being exposed to damage

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Rapid-intensity Hurricane Laura ultimately headed for Newfoundland

August 26, 2020 by David Gambrill

The path of Hurricane Laura — which is currently located off the U.S. Gulf Coast and described as one of the fastest-intensifying storms in history — is tracking to hit St. John’s, Nfld., next Monday as a post-tropical storm, according