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The Coastal GasLink pipeline under construction.
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Unexpected construction issues, rising labour costs increase pipeline cost to $14.5 billion

February 1, 2023 by Amanda Stephenson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – The estimated cost of the Coastal GasLink pipeline has increased by 29 per cent to $14.5 billion, as the company behind the project continues to be dogged by unexpected construction issues and rising labour costs. Calgary-based TC Energy

Five Islands Lighthouse in Nova Scotia
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Lawsuit over fall at historic Nova Scotia lighthouse allowed to proceed

January 31, 2023 by Keith Doucette - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – An American tourist who alleges she was injured in a fall at Nova Scotia’s historic Five Islands Lighthouse in July 2017 can proceed with her lawsuit, a Nova Scotia judge has ruled. Mary Riddle of Pennsylvania is suing

Alberta's NDP is criticizing a governmental review of a program that's supposed to ensure oilsands companies can clean up their mines.
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Review of oilsands cleanup funding program needs public input, says Alberta NDP

January 30, 2023 by Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Alberta’s New Democrat Opposition says a government review of the program that’s supposed to ensure oilsands companies can clean up their mines was conducted too privately and should have been done in public.   Environment critic Marlin Schmidt

Dangling car key in front of a car
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Borrowing cars and implied consent: When ‘No’ doesn’t mean ‘No.’

January 27, 2023 by David Gambrill

If a friend asks you to borrow your rental car, sometimes saying ‘No’ doesn’t actually mean ‘No.’ An auto repair shop owner in Ontario was held vicariously liable last Wednesday for an auto accident injury caused after his friend, who

Distorted image of the head of a road rager driving a car
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Insurer wins third-party liability claim against road-rager

January 24, 2023 by David Gambrill

An insurer successfully brought a third-party liability claim against a road-rager who was found to be 50% responsible for an accident between two other vehicles as a result of his threatening actions. The insurers were not named in the Court

Hand in front of a blue backdrop, denying access
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Claims denials on their way down, regulator reports

January 23, 2023 by David Gambrill

Claims denial ratios for the stressed business lines of aircraft, liability and marine — which spiked during the pandemic in 2020 — are starting to return to their pre-pandemic levels, according to the Canadian Council of Insurance Regulators (CCIR). “For

Family riding a toboggan down a snowy hill
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Proposal to mostly ban tobogganing in Oshawa, Ont. parks draws criticism

January 19, 2023 by Jordan Omstead - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A proposal to ban tobogganing at all but two municipal parks in a city east of Toronto is drawing criticism from lawyers who say the plan won’t boost safety and could limit access to the popular winter pastime. But the

An explosion and fire rocked an industrial park in St. Catharines.
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Series of explosions rock Ontario industrial facility

January 12, 2023 by Jessica Smith - THE CANADIAN PRESS

St. Catharines Fire Services says crews continue to battle a fire triggered by a series of explosions at a hazardous waste facility in the city that has left one person with serious injuries. Chief Dave Upper says firefighters responded to

Steel mill by Hamilton harbour
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City uncovers another decades-old leak dumping sewage into Lake Ontario  

January 10, 2023 by The Canadian Press

HAMILTON – The City of Hamilton says it has uncovered another sewage leak that has been dumping waste into Lake Ontario for more than two decades.   The revelation comes after the city reported in November that a leak discovered to

Man hand stopping the dominos falling
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Insurer has no duty to defend parents named in negligence lawsuit

January 9, 2023 by David Gambrill

B.C.’s Supreme Court has upheld that an insurer is not obligated to defend parents in a lawsuit alleging negligence for failing to stop their child from inflicting harm on others. In Reeves v Co-Operators General Insurance Company, Bentley Reeves and

Toronto's hospital for sick children suffers ransomware attack.
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Hospital for Sick Children says most systems back after ransomware attack

January 9, 2023 by The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto says most of its priority systems are back after a ransomware attack affected its operations. Dr. Ronald Cohn, president and CEO of SickKids, says in a release Thursday that about 80

Cannabis company executives examine the goods
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How better boards may improve cannabis companies’ D&O options

January 6, 2023 by Philip Porado

Improvements in capacity in the directors and officers (D&O) insurance space, combined with a rising quality of boards of directors membership, is making coverage for cannabis producers and distributors more accessible. “We’ve seen a real shift in the experience levels