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Supreme Court of Canada won’t reverse this municipal liability finding

August 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An August 12 Supreme Court of Canada decision means a Toronto-area municipality remains not liable for an electric shock suffered by a teenager at a public sports field. Zoe Onley was 18 when she was placing soccer on a wet

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How the Supreme Court of Canada has clarified statutes of limitations on lawsuits

August 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada ruling against the New Brunswick provincial government means it is now easier in some cases for defendants across Canada to argue lawsuits against them should be thrown out of court because they are time-barred, a

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Pandemic-related employment practices liability claims in Canada may increase, brokerage CEO says

August 12, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

While U.S. brokers are seeing a surge in employment practices liability insurance (EPLI) claims due to an increase in pandemic-related lawsuits, brokers north of the border can expect less turmoil, a brokerage CEO says. Almost 3,000 employment lawsuits related to

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This open banking recommendation is a ‘red flag’ for brokers

August 11, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A federal advisory committee’s recommendation to prohibit the use of banking data in underwriting, during the proposed initial phase of open banking in Canada, is a partial but not a complete victory for Canada’s national brokers’ association. In its final

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Is it okay to use open banking data for underwriting?

August 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Mutual insurers support a proposal to prohibit insurers in Canada from using banking data for underwriting, in an initial phase of open banking. However, one industry expert questions whether there is any harm in letting consenting consumers give their own

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How Lloyd’s Canada says the industry can better prepare for the next time a pandemic causes business interruption

August 9, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Lloyd’s is talking to Canadian government authorities about how business interruption risk, arising from a pandemic, can be transferred in the future. “In Canada, Lloyd’s has talked to the federal finance department and different provincial government regulators,” Lloyd’s Canada president

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Banking data should not be used for underwriting insurance: open banking committee

August 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Open banking should not be used for underwriting insurance, a federally appointed committee said Wednesday. In its final report issued Aug. 4, the Advisory Committee on Open Banking recommended that the “initial phase” of open banking, in Canada, be up

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How Fairfax is reserving for COVID-19 business interruption reinsurance charges

August 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The uncertainty around business interruption insurance coverage and the impact of a United Kingdom Supreme Court are among the reasons Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings has put aside more than US$80 million this year in COVID-19 reserves. Fairfax reported July 29

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Why this towing company is on the hook for $2,000 in damages

August 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If your client dings another vehicle and informally offers $500 to the driver of the other vehicle, this does not limit your client’s liability to $500. This is one lesson from a British Columbia civil resolution tribunal ruling released last

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Address misrepresentation a ‘growing problem’: Aviva Canada exec

July 30, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

Aviva Canada is reporting a spike in insurance claims that involve misrepresented addresses, leading one executive to call for greater awareness around the issue. According to chief claims officer Bryant Vernon, Aviva Canada data shows a 9.1% increase in Ontario

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Court clarifies definition of ‘newly acquired automobile’ in motorcycle accident case 

July 29, 2021 by Jason Contant

A newly acquired motorcycle is considered a “newly acquired automobile” for the purpose of accident benefits under the Ontario Automobile Policy (OAP 1), a panel of three Ontario judges has found. The Divisional Court considered a statutory appeal of the

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Why many brokers need to change their auto quoting process

July 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Many brokerages that use AutoPlus to obtain auto insurance quotes will likely have to change their processes over the next couple of months. AutoPlus’s vendor, CGI Group Inc., will start updating that online database product Aug. 13, says the Insurance