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Why insurers cross their fingers after microburst storms in Toronto

July 15, 2020 by Adam Malik

Old infrastructure and combined sewer systems mean that severe thunderstorms like the one seen last week will continue to leave basements flooded for years to come, leaving insurers and claims professionals busy, according to an industry expert. “When you get

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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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Fraud schemes that financially-strapped clients may be considering

July 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some consumers who owe money on vehicle loans during the COVID-19 pandemic may be tempted to make false auto theft claims, an independent adjuster warns. “Insureds who are desperate for money may have the vehicle stolen and burned to ensure

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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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Why Intact is named in lawsuit over COVID business interruption coverage

July 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

More than a dozen Canadian property & casualty insurers, including the largest in the nation, are named in a new proposed class-action lawsuit over business interruption coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The notice of action was filed July 6 with

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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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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