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Supreme Court sides with Maple Leaf Foods in case sparked by meat recall

November 9, 2020 by Jim Bronskill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A Supreme Court of Canada ruling has dealt a blow to Mr. Sub franchisees in their quest for compensation over losses experienced during a Listeria outbreak. In a 5-4 decision Friday, the top court said Maple Leaf Foods

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Settlement reached over patent dispute between snowmobile rivals

November 3, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VALCOURT, Que. – Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. and Arctic Cat say they have reached a global settlement to ongoing intellectual property disputes between the two makers of snowmachines. Under terms of the confidential settlement agreement, two active court cases in

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Why Northbridge doesn’t have to pay a $1.8-million default judgement against its insured

November 2, 2020 by David Gambrill

An Ontario property developer owed approximately $1.8 million by its contractor has failed in its bid to recover the money from the contractor’s insurer, the main reason being that it took nine years to notify the insurer of the claim.

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How much Northbridge could pay out in COVID claims

November 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Long-term care facilities accounted for a good chunk of the US$25.5 million in COVID-19 losses that Northbridge reported in the three months ending Sept. 30, officials with parent company Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. suggested this past Friday. Toronto-based Fairfax released

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This decision on a $5,000 deductible could motivate condo corporations to change their bylaws

October 28, 2020 by David Gambrill

A recent decision by B.C.’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) may motivate strata (condo) corporations to adjust their bylaws so that they can charge insurance policy deductibles back to their strata unit owners. Based on the outcome of the CRT decision,

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Transport Canada’s dangerous goods registry has outdated, missing data: audit

October 27, 2020 by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – The federal environment commissioner says Transport Canada’s database of where dangerous goods are stored and moved could be missing thousands of locations and contains outdated details on hundreds more. The audit reports released today say the department has

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Ontario promises action to address rising commercial insurance rates, critics urge regulation

October 26, 2020 by Shawn Jeffords - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Under pressure to address rising commercial insurance rates blamed on the pandemic, Premier Doug Ford promised this week to take action to stop what he called “gouging” by some companies in the sector.   Ford twice this week has

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Purdue Pharma pleas could bolster efforts for Canadian opioid class action

October 23, 2020 by Anita Balakrishnan - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A Canadian class action against opioid makers will start the process of getting certified in a hearing next month, a key test on how courts here will handle a case that is making waves in the U.S. The

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Why Uber has a new insurer

October 23, 2020 by Jason Contant, Online Editor

After a five-year-long business relationship with Intact, ridesharing giant Uber moved its business to Economical. What prompted the move?

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Experts say counterfeit hand sanitizer recall is a lesson for retailers

October 22, 2020 by Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Dollarama Inc. is removing a counterfeit and recalled hand sanitizer from its shelves, which experts say should serve as a reminder of how important it is for retailers and consumers to do their due diligence when shopping. “Since

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Ontario to provide COVID-19 liability protection to workers and some organizations

October 21, 2020 by Shawn Jeffords and Liam Casey -THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Health-care workers, businesses and non-profits could receive liability protection against COVID-19-related lawsuits under legislation proposed by the Ontario government Tuesday, but critics said the bill would result in extra protection for long-term care providers who failed residents during

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Some long-term care homes can’t get insurance, could be forced to close: association

October 20, 2020 by Liam Casey - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario’s long-term care homes are having trouble securing liability insurance for COVID-19, a situation that could force some of them to close, a group representing more than 70 per cent of the province’s homes says. The Ontario Long-Term Care Association