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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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How a property owner can be liable when a motorcycle hits a wayward donkey

July 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released Thursday means a construction materials supplier is partly liable for injuries suffered by a motorcyclist who collided with a donkey that escaped from a rural property. In 2009, Amir Youssef was riding his

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How the P&C industry can lead change in long-term care homes

June 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers could be instrumental in pushing nursing homes and long-term care facilities to improve the way they manage the risk of a disease outbreak, a Toronto-based personal injury lawyer suggests. “As a plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer, I usually don’t see

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What the court said about parents’ liability when hosting teen drinking parties

June 25, 2020 by David Gambrill

Parents hosting a house party in which minors are drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana must be reasonable — but not perfect — when protecting teens against “foreseeable” risks, a B.C. court ruled in a recent social host liability case. The

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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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Why waivers won’t necessarily protect clients from COVID-19 liability

June 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Waivers of liability for disease transmission might protect commercial clients from lawsuits, but the industry will not know for sure until one is tested in an appeal court, a litigation defence lawyer suggests. A waiver will not, on its own,

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Health experts urge caution as big business demands loosening of travel rules

June 19, 2020 by Christopher Reynolds - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Health experts are urging caution after business leaders called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and provincial premiers to ease air travel restrictions. Paul Pottinger, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, says big business should

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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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Military reports ‘shocking’ conditions in Ontario nursing homes

May 27, 2020 by Colin Perkel- THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A new report from the military helping battle COVID-19 in five long-term care facilities in Ontario has revealed extreme neglect and exposed the extent of the ugly conditions facing residents, prompting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to offer help

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Mind the gap

April 4, 2020 by Emily Atkins, Freelance Writer

Is cyber coverage keeping up with the type, frequency and severity of attacks?

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Overseas working conditions: Is your client on the hook?

February 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Corporate clients who get their goods from jurisdictions with inadequate protection for workers’ rights could end up being named as defendants

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The enemy within

October 12, 2019 by Dr. Dexter Morse, Director, Insurance & Risk Management, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Rogue employees may be plotting ways to cause damage to your clients’ business. How to advise your clients on managing the risk