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Bar owners that offer rare wine and spirits carve takeout business model

July 8, 2020 by Salmaan Farooqui -  THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Bar and restaurant owners who deal in specialty alcohol say they’ve carved out a new business model around Ontario’s relaxed rules for takeout liquor, and they’ll fight to make the system permanent. In late March, the Ontario government

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Quebec health minister threatens to lock down bars if COVID rules are violated

July 7, 2020 by Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Quebec’s health minister threatened owners of bars and other venues across the province on Monday, saying he won’t hesitate to shut them down if COVID-19 public health directives are not followed. Describing the scenes at some establishments over

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Alberta imposing steep penalties but no charges on first time impaired drivers

June 5, 2020 by Dean Bennett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – Alberta has introduced legislation that would add hefty fines and penalties for first-time impaired drivers but would not have them face a criminal charge. Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says the proposed change would reduce backlogs in courts and

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Broker loses licence for failing to disclose two of his bankruptcies

May 25, 2020 by David Gambrill

A B.C. broker received a two-year licence suspension and a $7,500 fine for failing to disclose two of his bankruptcies to the province’s broker regulator. Amarpal Singh Atwal, who has been licensed as a broker since 1983, filed for bankruptcy

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Broker licensing exams now available in online format

May 15, 2020 by David Gambrill

The Insurance Institute of Canada, the educational arm of the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry, will be providing OTL/Level 1 broker agent licensing exams in an online format. The online format allows licensing candidates to complete their exams from

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How this province is tackling inconsistent adjuster licensing

May 24, 2019 by Jason Contant

Will there soon be a consistent approach to adjuster licensing across Canada? New Brunswick is one province moving towards that goal. Earlier this month, the Insurance Division of New Brunswick’s Financial and Consumer Services Commission released a consultation paper on

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How a broker regulator plans to fix “abysmal” licensing exam results

May 8, 2019 by David Gambrill

As brokers across the country report difficulty in finding qualified employees, the situation in Alberta may be compounded by an “abysmal” pass rate on the provincial broker licensing exam. “As it currently stands today, we are at a 36.5% pass

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What needs to be done to address independent adjuster mobility

December 10, 2018 by Jason Contant

The Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association (CIAA) has proposed a “national emergency licensing protocol” to address mobility issues facing independent adjusters in Canada. It has also proposed a national licensing qualification, a longer-term solution that would require legislative changes to Insurance

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What is the best way to address mobility issues for independent adjusters?

December 4, 2018 by Jason Contant

There needs to be a hybrid system of self-regulation in concert with regulatory discipline to handle interprovincial mobility issues for independent adjusters, says the president and CEO of an independent adjusting firm. “We need a hybrid system of self-regulation in

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Broker’s licence suspended for taking $8,000 in premiums without authorization

August 27, 2018 by Jason Contant

A B.C. broker has had her sales licence suspended for three years after she took approximately $8,000 in premiums without authorization. The broker admitted she took the funds without authorization to pay for a relative’s medical expenses and her intention

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How training plays into claims adjusting during back-to-back cats

June 19, 2018 by Jason Contant

When Canada experiences back-to-back catastrophes, it can be a challenge to pull together all the required resources in a timely fashion. Part of the puzzle is ensuring that claims adjusters and other parties are properly trained for the files they

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Minor injury caps coming to Newfoundland?

November 17, 2017 by Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Brokers placing auto insurance in Newfoundland and Labrador should get in touch with politicians to put an ongoing review on their radar screen, and to let Insurance Bureau of Canada know whether they have any ideas on how to fix