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Multiple townhouse units damaged in Hamilton fire

July 27, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HAMILTON – Firefighters were called out early this morning to battle a massive wind-whipped blaze in a townhouse complex (pictured, above) in Hamilton, Ont. The Hamilton Fire Department says the multi-alarm inferno erupted in the city’s east side on Edenrock

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A groundwater flood occurs in the basement: Who pays for the carpet?

July 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A plumbing firm that failed to cap an old water pipe after helping renovate a basement is on the hook to reimburse the owner for a new carpet after the property suffered flooding. This is the result of a British

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Basement flood victims lose suit against previous owners

July 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia homeowners who tried to sue the people who sold them the home for water damage allegedly caused by hydrostatic pressure lost their case at the Civil Resolution Tribunal. Seth Nanayakkara, Julia Wells and Linda Adams bought took possession

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The impact of surreptitious dangerous goods shipments on marine insurance

July 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The marine insurance sector saw a huge drop last year in the number of total shipping losses but the industry continues to have a problem with shippers trying to sneak hazardous and flammable cargo on board without declaring it. “Dangerous

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Fraud schemes that financially-strapped clients may be considering

July 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some consumers who owe money on vehicle loans during the COVID-19 pandemic may be tempted to make false auto theft claims, an independent adjuster warns. “Insureds who are desperate for money may have the vehicle stolen and burned to ensure

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SERVPRO selected by Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) as COVID-19 cleaning partner

July 2, 2020 by SERVPRO

Industry leader in clean-up and restoration available to provide services to more than 100,000 CFIB members across the country. MISSISSAUGA, ON, JULY 2, 2020/insPRESS/ – Canadian SERVPRO franchisees have recently been approved by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to

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How this fumbled washing machine installation led to $54,000 basement flood

June 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

For want of a wrench, the basement was lost. This would be one way of summing up the Provincial Court of Alberta’s ruling in Kuerbis v Broderson, which should provide food for thought to brokers placing coverage for commercial clients

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Nissan recalls nearly 1.9M cars for pesky hood latch

June 4, 2020 by Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – For the fourth time, Nissan is recalling hundreds  – of thousands of midsize cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix a nagging latch problem that may allow the hood fly open while cars are moving. The latest

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Q&A: Business Continuity in the Digital Age

May 27, 2020 by David Gambrill

In an age of social distancing, contactless claims resolution is an important part of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Canadian Underwriter has talked to those in the claims industry about how to do their jobs safely in the

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Pyrrhic victory for Intact in faulty workmanship coverage dispute

May 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Insurance has convinced an Alberta court that the “faulty workmanship” exclusion applies in a disputed commercial fire claim but the carrier still has to pay more than $600,000 to a bakery, mainly because the judge rejected Intact’s definition of

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Meteorologists predict active hurricane season, Canadians told to prepare

May 22, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Canadian meteorologists are predicting another active hurricane season, saying conditions are right for a long list of tropical storms. The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax issued its seasonal forecast today, following up on a similar prediction offered Thursday

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Aviva loses battle in faulty workmanship exclusion dispute

May 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The application of faulty workmanship exclusions continues to be a subject of disagreement among judges, a Court of Appeal of Alberta ruling from last week shows. The Court of Appeal of Alberta recently found that if a construction contractor causes