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Ontario premier’s stance on liability protection from pandemic

July 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

It is not clear yet whether the Ontario government will grant any protection for liability arising from COVID-19, but the province will not protect “bad actors” in the long-term care or nursing home sector, a spokesperson for Premier Doug Ford

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More class actions headed to court over pandemic business interruption

July 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Class actions asserting pandemic BI insurance coverage are starting to mount in the ‘In’ baskets of Canada’s insurance defence bar. Most recently, Koskie Minsky announced July 6 that it will be one of two firms (the other being Merchant Law)

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Quebec health minister threatens to lock down bars if COVID rules are violated

July 7, 2020 by Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec’s health minister threatened owners of bars and other venues across the province on Monday, saying he won’t hesitate to shut them down if COVID-19 public health directives are not followed. Describing the scenes at some establishments over

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Lloyd’s proposes “open source” frameworks for future pandemic coverage

July 6, 2020 by David Gambrill

Lloyd’s of London is proposing three “open-source frameworks” to provide a blueprint for better protecting society against systemic catastrophic events such as pandemics, after noting the market will pay out between $3 billion and $4.3 billion to its global customers

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How liability for deductibles on strata claims is changing in B.C.

July 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Strata unit owners might see a reduction in liability risk for common-area damage if a recently-tabled bill is passed in British Columbia. “Right now, if a water pipe bursts in a bathroom due to manufacturer error and leaks beyond common

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Return Migration

June 29, 2020 by David Gambrill, Editor in Chief

Throughout Canada, provinces are starting a phased re-opening of the economy (albeit some regions are in more advanced stages than others). Doron Melnick, partner in KPMG’s
people and change advisory services practice, is advising businesses on how to return to the office while the global novel coronavirus remains a threat.

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Brokers urged to stay on top of coverage changes as businesses re-open

June 22, 2020 by David Gambrill

Brokers are advised to be aware of the “second wave” — and that doesn’t refer to the anticipated increase in the number of novel coronavirus infections in the fall. No, brokers are now being cautioned about the new wave of

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A new trend for BI coverage dispute lawsuits

May 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial insurers who deny business interruption claims during COVID-19 could be sued by clients whose legal fees come from third-party litigation funding providers, an industry watcher suggests. “One thing that is happening now is a lot of insurance companies are

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The ‘hidden’ cyber risks of remote work

May 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial clients are vulnerable to hidden risks when they have large numbers of people suddenly working remotely or from home in a disaster, as we are seeing in the pandemic, experts told brokers listening in to Canadian Underwriter’s latest webinar.

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This is not a drill

May 1, 2020 by Canadian Underwriter Staff: Jason Contant, Greg Meckbach, Adam Malik and David Gambrill

Since mid-March, Canada’s P&C industry has been working from home and social distancing to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. What have we learned so far that will help us prepare for the next pandemic?

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How will COVID-19 change cybersecurity?

April 27, 2020 by David Gambrill

The business email from your chief financial officer seems innocent enough: “Hey Larry, the client changed their bank account information. Can you send them money to their new bank account number?” Under ordinary circumstances — that is, before the novel

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How to protect your clients from cybercriminals cashing in on COVID-19

April 8, 2020 by Jason Contant

Brokers advising clients on cyber insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic will want to make sure there is an appropriate loss of income coverage under the policy, similar to other lines of insurance, a specialist insurer said recently. “If we were