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Public not aware of rights lost in B.C.’s no-fault auto scheme: personal injury lawyer

December 1, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The average British Columbia consumer does not really understand what rights they will lose with the auto insurance reforms scheduled to take effect this May, a Vancouver personal injury lawyer warns. Provincial politicians voted earlier this year to pass Bill

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Court raps lawyers’ conduct, as default judgment against insurer overturned

December 1, 2020 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s Court of Appeal threw out a default judgment against Lloyd’s of London Monday in a case involving the theft of golden eagles used for a charity event. In doing so, the court criticized lawyers for both the claimant and

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$5-million cyber claim for phishing scam heads to top court

November 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A $5-million coverage dispute with The Co-operators that arose from a phishing attack is headed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Canada’s top court is booked Dec. 7 to hear arguments in Co-operators General Insurance Company v. Sollio Groupe Coopératif.

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Insurers now treating distracted driving as ‘major’ conviction

November 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

In keeping with actions previously taken by Canada’s auto insurers, Northbridge General Insurance Company will start treating driving while using a hand-held communication device as a major conviction for the purpose of setting insurance rates in Nova Scotia. The change

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What Ontario’s auto dealer overseer says about GAP insurance

November 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Guarantee asset protection, or GAP insurance, can address the risk of a consumer having negative equity as a result of borrowing money to buy a car, suggests the head of the organization that regulates Ontario’s motor vehicle dealers. GAP is

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How COVID-19 workplace risk advice has evolved

November 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the pandemic enters its ninth month, risk managers are seeing more emphasis on the length of conversations and the importance of wearing proper masks. “The key thing now is the length of contact with somebody else. Right now, if

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Ontario moves to cap delivery app fees in regions where indoor dining banned

November 26, 2020 by Nicole Thompson and Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario is set to cap the fees third-party delivery apps impose on restaurants in regions where indoor dining is prohibited, in a bid to protect what profits restaurants can still make during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Progressive Conservative

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What can happen if cargo and business interruption insurer file separate subrogated claims

November 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Two subrogated commercial claims, for a total of about $1.5 million, may be headed to trial in Ontario. Among the issues are how Ontario’s Carriage of Goods Regulation applies to goods going in and out of province, and whether a

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IBAO’s stance on electronic termination of coverage

November 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers should be allowed to terminate auto policies electronically if consumers consent, the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario’s CEO says. In its budget document released Nov. 5, the Ontario government said the next phase of its previously-announced “blueprint” for auto

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Which insurer has to pay if garage loaner vehicle causes an accident

November 20, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

When the driver of a loaner vehicle provided by an auto service centre is sued by an accident victim in Alberta, the insurer of the loaner vehicle may be the first payor. This is what happened when Northwest Acura in

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Independent report calls for major changes to rid RCMP of ‘toxic’ culture

November 20, 2020 by Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – An independent report on harassment of women in the RCMP says fundamental change is needed to rid the national police force of a toxic culture that tolerates hateful and homophobic attitudes. The report released Thursday by former Supreme

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For insurance purposes, if it’s not managed as a strata, it’s still a strata: Tribunal

November 19, 2020 by David Gambrill

The owner of a strata lot in a duplex that was not managed as a strata — for example, there was no strata board of directors, annual board meetings, etc. – must nevertheless pay for her half of the strata