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Explain how AI leads to underwriting decisions, report urges

March 31, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers who use big data and artificial intelligence to make underwriting decisions must be prepared to explain to clients and regulators exactly how they arrived at those decisions, an Insurance Institute of Canada researcher suggests. “A challenge in the application

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Distracted driving behaviours that your clients deem to be “safe”

March 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

Auto insurers take note: the majority of your clients admit to engaging in distracted driving behaviours, but they consider these behaviours to be safe. The Third Annual Distracted Driving survey conducted by rate comparison site RATESDOTCA revealed that 74% of

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Canadian P&C exec predicts the next big growth opportunity

March 26, 2021 by Adam Malik

The legal expense insurance market is still in its relative infancy and could grow more than six times its size in the next decade, two industry leaders predict. The current value of the market in Canada is about $80 million,

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How to detect insurance fraud before the tow truck turf wars start

March 26, 2021 by Jason Contant

Early identification of potential insurance fraud schemes through automation can help prevent scenarios like the towing turf wars in Ontario from spiralling out of control, the CEO and co-founder of FRISS said Wednesday. “I think it is crucial for the

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COVID’s impact on insurance fraud

March 25, 2021 by Jason Contant

Fraudsters are taking advantage of anxieties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic to exploit victims in the Canadian P&C insurance space in novel ways, speakers said during a fraud webinar Wednesday. For example, some body shops are charging drivers extra cleaning

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Strata unit owner loses $5,000 claim after mice chew through dishwasher line

March 24, 2021 by David Gambrill

In the case of a flood caused by a mice infestation, a B.C. strata unit owner was not allowed to recover her $500 insurance deductible or $273 premium increase from the strata corporation despite having warned the strata corporation about

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Plaintiff loses right to sue after slip-and-fall on a sanded sidewalk

March 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision means a slip-and-fall lawsuit against an Alberta school board is dismissed. Shortly before 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2013, Angelina Hannam slipped and fell on a sidewalk outside River Heights Elementary School in

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RCMP breached policy on collection of online information: audit

March 23, 2021 by Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – An internal review says the RCMP routinely flouted its own policies when gathering information from the internet, potentially endangering investigations and prosecutions. The newly released audit report says many members across the RCMP use “open source information” in

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How vaccine rollout impacts commercial risk management

March 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If your commercial clients are bringing more workers back into the office, risk managers might be curious as to whether returning workers have received any of their COVID-19 vaccine shots. But before your clients ask their employees about their vaccine

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Co-operators has no duty to defend a “novel” data policy exclusion: Appeal court

March 19, 2021 by David Gambrill

The Co-operators does not have a duty to defend a cyber liability case involving a “novel” policy exclusion for breached data being published over the internet, the Ontario Court for Appeal has ruled. Reversing the previous decision of a lower

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What could happen to your jury notice under rules of simplified procedure during COVID

March 18, 2021 by David Gambrill

If an insurer consents to defend a client’s auto liability claim under an Ontario court’s rules of simplified procedure, then that client could lose their option for a jury trial — especially when the pandemic causes delays in forming a

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What to tell clients when home insurer asks if property was previously a grow-op

March 18, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Home insurance clients who move to a new property should have the premises inspected and let the insurer know if there are signs it has been used to grow cannabis. “If a home was a former cannabis grow-op, likely pipes