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‘Unavoidable delay’ lease clause does not mean retailer can delay paying rent during lockdown: Court

June 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Hudson’s Bay Company cannot use an “unavoidable delay” clause in a mall lease agreement to stop paying rent to the landlord during the COVID-19 pandemic, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled. COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11,

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Canadian P&C industry’s financial results take a turn for the better

June 18, 2021 by David Gambrill

Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry reported a much sunnier financial picture in 2021 Q1 than it did during the same time last year, according to a recent quarterly report by the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC). Financial

manager pushing open virtual lock to initiate a rapid grab-and-go response.
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What’s the state of the cyber market these days?

June 17, 2021 by Adam Malik

A lack of scrutiny around the risk being taken on and a flawed claims process bit the cyber insurance market hard, especially over the last year, according to experts in the field. Now, they added, there are signs that insurers

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A plaintiff suffered a concussion a year before the accident – how this should affect loss of income award

June 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia has doubled a tort award, for loss of future earning capacity, for a motor vehicle accident victim who had suffered several concussions before he badly injured his head in a rear-end collision. On

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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Progress report: Canada-wide flood mapping is well underway

June 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A nationwide estimate of coastal, pluvial, and fluvial flood hazard is one part of the ongoing effort to come up with a national approach to insuring or re-locating homes at high risk of flood, a federal government official suggests. Flood

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Second auto insurance rebate coming in B.C. 

June 14, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – A second insurance rebate is coming for British Columbia drivers thanks to lower claim costs due to fewer crashes during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The government says the Insurance Corporation of B.C. will begin distributing rebates averaging $120 starting

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Where Canada sits with national low-cost residential flood insurance 

June 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Six possible flood insurance models for homes at high risk of flood are about to go through an actuarial review, a federal government official suggests. The Task Force on Flood Insurance and Relocation is going to hand off those possible

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Wildfire service outlook points to rising fire risk for southern B.C.

June 8, 2021 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Rainfall in the next three weeks is crucial if British Columbia hopes to avoid a devastating wildfire season, but the latest outlook from the BC Wildfire Service offers little optimism. The service says rainfall and temperatures were near

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Why Canada could be in the path of stronger hurricanes in the future

June 7, 2021 by Jason Contant

Canada could see heightened hurricane risk in the future, as climate change and fluctuations in ocean temperature are increasing the likelihood of stronger hurricanes making landfall further north, according to Swiss Re. “We see an increased likelihood of intense hurricanes

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Insurers faced with barrage of COVID-19 coverage disputes

June 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

More than a dozen coverage disputes arising from business interruption from lockdowns and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic are making their way through Ontario courts. Law firm McCarthy Tetrault has served 17 individual statements of claim with the Ontario Superior

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A drastic (but effective) way to keep water out of the basement  

June 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A foundation membrane could cost a homeowner client $15,000, and it is probably not something your clients should try installing themselves, but it is “often the most effective method” of waterproofing a basement, a Bobvila.com author suggests. A foundation membrane

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How video conferencing misbehaviour creates commercial liability risk

June 1, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Inappropriate behaviour during video conferences can lead to employment practices liability claims, an expert with The Travelers Companies Inc. warns. New York City-based Travelers is observing “Zoom etiquette claims,” said the insurer’s employment practices liability product manager, Chris Williams, during