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Shhh! Don’t show this article to a jury in a vehicle accident lawsuit

August 31, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario court has refused a plaintiff’s request to tell a jury about the statutory deductible, of nearly $40,000 for pain and suffering, in motor vehicle accident tort claims. “The jury is not asked to determine how much the plaintiff

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Intact Centre, Insurance Bureau react to latest Liberal election promise

August 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Wednesday’s Liberal election promise answers a call from Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry for a national standard for scoring properties on their resilience to weather-related disasters. In a speech in British Columbia Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised a

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This insurer has ‘much more stringent underwriting criteria’ in cyber

August 18, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Aggregation and systemic risk in cyber insurance means commercial carriers need to build up more capital for large widespread losses, suggests the CEO of a Bermuda insurer. Within cyber lines, Axis Capital Holdings Limited reduced its limits and increased deductibles,

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Maritime farmers ship hay to drought-stricken Prairies

August 18, 2021 by Amanda Stephenson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Farmers in the Maritimes are pitching in to help their drought-stricken Prairie counterparts facing a “devastating” situation. On his farm in the Annapolis valley north of Halifax on Tuesday, Tim Marsh was busy baling hay that will ship

The small town of Okotoks was hit hard by the June floods of 2013, with the river valley rushing and raging through wiping out pedestrian bridges, campgrounds, river banks and pathways.
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How to help clients mitigate water damage risk

August 17, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

With water damage claims due to infrastructure failures costing the industry much more per year than natural catastrophes, brokers need to be more proactive in helping clients understand coverages and risk mitigation strategies. Infrastructure and plumbing related water damage is

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Will 4th wave, mandatory vaccines spur more insurers to re-imagine the workplace?

August 16, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter Staff

With COVID-19 cases rising across Canada and several large employers — including the federal government — announcing they’ll require workers to be vaccinated, insurers and brokers may begin rethinking their return-to-office plans. Not long before the fourth wave hit, some

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How Lloyd’s insurers will react to capacity reductions in Canada

August 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

“Constant churn” helps restore some capacity withdrawn by syndicates, though not always at the same terms and conditions, Lloyd’s Canada’s new president suggests. “When capacity is scarce in one or more syndicates, other syndicates likely view this as an opportunity,”

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Hundreds of properties evacuated as wind prompts growth in B.C. wildfires

August 16, 2021 by Hina Alam - THE CANADIAN PRESS

High winds intensified numerous wildfires burning in British Columbia, forcing more evacuation orders for residents in hundreds of homes late Sunday, says the BC Wildfire Service. Some of the largest and most dangerous fires are burning in the southern Interior

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How the Supreme Court of Canada has clarified statutes of limitations on lawsuits

August 13, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada ruling against the New Brunswick provincial government means it is now easier in some cases for defendants across Canada to argue lawsuits against them should be thrown out of court because they are time-barred, a

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4 causes of social inflation and why it’s costing your clients more

August 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Social inflation is one reason your client’s commercial rates may be outpacing the insurers’ loss cost trends, a Bermuda insurer CEO suggests. “I define social inflation as including politicians, regulator, or courts re-defining wording in favour of claimants,” said Albert

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North American markets continue to rise despite mounting COVID-19 case numbers

August 4, 2021 by Salmaan Farooqui - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – North American markets moved up on the first day of August trading in Canada, even as concerns mount around rising COVID-19 case counts in the U.S. Scott Guitard, senior vice-president and portfolio manager at Fiduciary Trust Canada, said

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Home insurance rates dropping but no reprieve for condo owners

July 28, 2021 by Jason Contant

Personal property premiums were a mixed bag in the first quarter of 2021, with insurance for condo owners continuing to rise, but home insurance rates trending down, according to a new report from LowestRates.ca released Tuesday. Year-over-year, home insurance premiums