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Stoppage of Aon-Willis combo won’t slow brokerage M&A activity: KPMG Canada deal advisor

July 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Mid-sized brokers need to be careful in their approach to mergers-and-acquisition proposals but the abrupt cancellation of Aon’s $30-billion acquisition of Willis Towers Watson is not going to slow down deal-making within the brokerage sector, a Montreal-based insurance M&A expert

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Archdiocese selling land to pay survivors of Mount Cashel abuse

July 27, 2021 by The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The Roman Catholic archdiocese in Newfoundland and Labrador’s capital city is selling properties to pay survivors of abuse at the former Mount Cashel orphanage. Archbishop of St. John’s Peter Hundt said in a news release Sunday

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Cyclist loses bid to summon the Queen to court in auto insurance case

July 23, 2021 by David Gambrill

A B.C. cyclist injured in a car collision has lost his bid to demand an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in an effort to make his case against the province’s public auto insurer. In addition to seeking an

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Supreme Court of Canada sides with city over release for ‘claims of any kind or nature whatsoever’

July 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

As the late singer Prince said, forever is a mighty long time. While his 1984 tune “Let’s Go Crazy” is not about tort claims, a Supreme Court of Canada decision released Friday should serve as a reminder of the significance

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Why your clients should do an inspection before buying a home

July 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A couple who discovered a leaking bathtub after moving into their new home cannot get compensation from the sellers. A “reasonable inspection” would have revealed a water problem before Tyler and Keva Luscombe bought their home in 2020, the British

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The legal pitfalls of online and over-the-phone insurance applications

July 20, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A property insurer can be stuck paying out on a claim even though the client made a “material omission” on their insurance application, but the industry can mitigate this risk by being especially careful when taking applications over the phone

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New industry anti-fraud group gets its first CEO

July 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Terri O’Brien, a former vice president at TD Bank, is now CEO of Équité Association, the anti-fraud organization announced Monday. Équité Association is a new organization that integrates Canadian National Insurance Crime Services (CANATICS) and the IBC’s investigative services division.

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Auto dealer penalized for use of insurer’s internet quoting system

July 16, 2021 by David Gambrill

Alberta’s broker regulator has issued an $8,000 civil penalty against an auto dealership, Avenue Motors Ltd., after an insurance company complained about alleged misuse of the insurer’s online quote generator by the dealership’s employees. The dealership holds a Restricted Corporate

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Top court asked to create “new law” in waiver case involving insurer’s flip-flop on coverage

July 14, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian law on estoppel or waiver could change if the Supreme Court of Canada rules against RSA in Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v. Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, a Vancouver-based insurance lawyer suggested Tuesday. Estoppel

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Regulator orders risk reduction measures for B.C. railways following Lytton fire

July 13, 2021 by Jason Contant

Following record heat and a wildfire that burned down about 90% of the village of Lytton, B.C., Canada’s transportation regulator has ordered fire monitoring, suppression, and risk reduction measures for railways to protect against wildfire “in the context of extreme

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Threat of adverse selection prompts auto carrier to start credit checks

July 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Nova Scotia motorists who consent to a “soft” credit check from Economical Insurance will soon be eligible to get a discount on their auto premium, the province’s regulator announced Monday. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSURB) has already

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Temple Insurance wins appeal in construction wrap-up dispute

July 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Temple Insurance Company has won its appeal of a 2020 Court of Queen’s Bench of Saskatchewan ruling in a disputed construction wrap-up liability claim. Temple now has to pay some (but not all) of the legal defence costs incurred by