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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

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Why home fire risk has increased in Ontario

May 5, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario’s fire marshal says there’s been an increase in fire deaths this year as COVID-19 measures force many people to stay home and do more home cooking. Jon Pegg says there have been 51 fire fatalities between Jan. 1 and

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Report recommends measures to avoid repeat of flooding in Quebec community

May 4, 2020 by Stephanie Marin- THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A report into the rupture of a dike in Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que., during spring flooding last year suggests several problems including a lack of awareness among the population about the associated risks of living in the area. The report

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How commercial lease terms affect gas bars’ pollution liability

March 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If a retail gas station has to remove underground tanks and contaminated soil, is the landlord or tenant responsible for the costs? Much of it depends on the terms of the lease and case law around commercial tenants’ trade fixtures,

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New Supreme Court of Canada guidance on liability for Canadian clients operating overseas

February 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If you place commercial liability insurance for clients with supply chains outside of Canada, be sure and check out Friday’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling in Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Araya. In its divided ruling, Canada’s top court ruled that

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The breach from the throne

February 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Faulty toilet supply lines, often the source of six- and seven-figure water claims, are leading to subrogated claims against manufacturers, installers and others involved in the supply chain leading to your clients’ washrooms. The way a toilet works is that

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How much damage a toilet malfunction can cause

February 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Your property client’s flood risk could arise from a weak link in the bathroom. Water damage claims of over $100,000 can result if the supply line feeding water to the toilet breaks, says metallurgist Paul Okrutney, founder of Toronto-based insurtech

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Overseas working conditions: Is your client on the hook?

February 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Corporate clients who get their goods from jurisdictions with inadequate protection for workers’ rights could end up being named as defendants