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Why this commercial food spoilage claim from ice storm was denied

November 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If your client has coverage for business interruption and spoiled perishable food inventory, does that still kick in if the loss was caused by damage to power transmission lines off the client’s property? For a Toronto bakery, the answer is

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Final pieces of storm toppled crane removed off top of Halifax building

October 28, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – The final pieces of a crane that collapsed onto a building in Halifax last month, during post-tropical storm Dorian, have been removed. A government release says the pieces that were lying on the top storey of the Olympus

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What surprised forensic engineers about massive Toronto propane explosions

October 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

After the deadly Sunrise Propane explosions caused a massive evacuation in north Toronto, the central focus of regulators came as a surprise to some engineers who investigate such disasters. Pumping propane from one truck to another was identified as a

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What claims adjusters are seeing from the Manitoba storm

October 16, 2019 by Jason Contant

An “unprecedented” snowstorm that resulted in a provincial state of emergency in Manitoba and left more than 100,000 hydro customers without power does not seem to be a significant event so far from a claims perspective. In the past week,

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If cannabis dies, how expensive could the claim get?

October 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If a hydroponics system fails and it’s tomatoes or peppers that are spoiled, that’s one thing. But what happens if it’s a legal cannabis facility? “The impact of cannabis on the [property and casualty] industry remains to be seen. We

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Why this homeowner lost legal battle with neighbour over basement water problem

October 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A Toronto homeowner who experienced basement water infiltration has lost his bid to sue the neighbours uphill from him for more than $83,000. In 2014, Chester Dawes bought his home, between the Humber River and High Park, in what used

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RSA Canada CEO outlines the biggest game-changers in engineering insurance

October 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Sensors that gather data and feed it into computer systems could change the way engineering risks are assessed and underwritten by insurers, suggests Martin Thompson, president and CEO of RSA Canada. “We are going data crazy,” Thompson said Thursday while

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Fire damages historic Winnipeg building that’s being turned into a hotel

October 1, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Firefighters were forced to remain outside a blaze at a historic Winnipeg highrise on Sunday due to renovations that have been underway to turn the building into a Hyatt Place hotel. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responded to

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SPECS acquired by New York consulting firm

September 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Specialized Property Evaluation Control Services, better known as SPECS, has been acquired by J.S. Held LLC, an American consulting firm, the companies announced Tuesday. SPECS, based in Langley, B.C., does property damage assessments, restoration consulting, construction project administration, risk management,

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How an engineer failed to spot a major basement water problem

September 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Three months after Edward Kent and Teresa Tomsky bought their Edmonton home, they noticed a musty smell in their basement. It turns out a foundation crack, which they were led to believe was minor, was actually quite serious. The foundation

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Simple ways to keep a roof on during a tornado

August 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and home building company Doug Tarry Homes Ltd. have joined forces for a pilot project on increasing the resilience of homes to high wind and tornado events. High winds contributed in part to

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The new trend for handling disputed property claims

June 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

What happens when your client’s property is damaged and the insurer disagrees with the claimant on how much work is needed to restore it? Some of these claims disputes can result in lawsuits, when the claimant brings the insurer to