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Bar reopenings going ahead in Ontario as Quebec links cases to bars in Montreal

July 16, 2020 by Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canada’s deputy public health chief says going inside a bar to have a drink with friends remains a high-risk activity in the era of COVID-19. Dr. Howard Njoo’s reminder Tuesday came just days before Ontario starts to allow

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What happened when this strata unit owner got sued over toilet supply leak

July 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia strata owner is not liable for damage to the unit immediately below as a result of a burst toilet supply line, the province’s Civil Resolution Tribunal has ruled. The September 2018 plumbing mishap happened in a strata

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The impact of surreptitious dangerous goods shipments on marine insurance

July 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The marine insurance sector saw a huge drop last year in the number of total shipping losses but the industry continues to have a problem with shippers trying to sneak hazardous and flammable cargo on board without declaring it. “Dangerous

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Nova Scotia university asks students to sign controversial COVID 19 waiver

July 14, 2020 by Michael Tutton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – A group of students, alumni and some staff at St. Francis Xavier University are pushing back against a legal waiver that students are required to sign if they want to return to classrooms in the fall amid a

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Subways sparkle, but does cleaning decrease COVID 19 risk?

July 13, 2020 by David Porter - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK – Mass transit systems around the world have taken unprecedented – and expensive – steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including New York shutting down its subways overnight and testing powerful ultraviolet lamps to disinfect seats,

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Who’s liable for what in this strata toilet failure

July 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia strata unit owner who suffered water damage after a toilet tank ruptured is unable to recover the cost to replace the unit’s toilets from the strata corporation. In 2019, a Crane toilet storage tank failed in a

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More than half of Canadians have experienced a cyber crime: new policy group

July 10, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – A new policy group estimates more than half of all Canadians know they’ve been a victim or target of a cyber crime, such as a leak of personal information, an account hack or installation of malware. The report

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Three found dead after downtown motel fire in Prince George, B.C

July 9, 2020 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The RCMP say the bodies of three people have been found at the scene of a motel fire in downtown Prince George, B.C. Cpl. Craig Douglass says emergency services were called to the Econo Lodge City

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The Aviva contagious disease policy wording at issue in class action BI coverage dispute

July 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The question of whether non-essential businesses that closed during the pandemic are entitled to claim insurance – specifically, for cover arising as a direct result of an outbreak of contagious or infectious disease within 25 kilometres that is required by

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Ontario premier’s stance on liability protection from pandemic

July 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

It is not clear yet whether the Ontario government will grant any protection for liability arising from COVID-19, but the province will not protect “bad actors” in the long-term care or nursing home sector, a spokesperson for Premier Doug Ford

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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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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