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What Canada’s Supreme Court says about employers’ liability for bonuses

October 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A constructive dismissal award against a Halifax-based fish oil maker of nearly $1.1-million has been restored by the Supreme Court of Canada. When it comes to employment practices liability, a key lesson from Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd., released

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Why the court found the landlord responsible for this winter roof collapse

October 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A courier firm has successfully sued its landlord for $188,000 after the roof of its Halifax area warehouse collapsed under the weight of snow and ice. In Transport Canpar L.P. v. 3258042 Nova Scotia Limited, released Oct. 8, Justice Richard

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Post-tropical storm Teddy makes landfall in Nova Scotia bringing high winds, rain

September 23, 2020 by Michael MacDonald - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – The centre of post-tropical storm Teddy made landfall in eastern Nova Scotia on Wednesday morning and then trudged across southern Cape Breton, its 100-kilometre-per-hour winds causing power outages – but not much damage. Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist at

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Latest forecast has Hurricane Teddy on a course for Atlantic Canada

September 21, 2020 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Weather warnings have been issued for virtually all of Atlantic Canada as hurricane Teddy advances toward the East Coast. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Atlantic coastlines of mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, where

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Forecast models show Hurricane Teddy could hit Maritimes next week

September 18, 2020 by Michael Tutton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – The Canadian Hurricane Centre’s top meterologist is suggesting the combination of Hurricane Teddy and a continuing pandemic should prompt Maritimers to plan well ahead for potential power outages. The storm was churning northward in the Caribbean Friday, with

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Pandemic relief: Keeping the size of auto insurance discounts in perspective

September 14, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Sometimes it’s not just about the size of the pandemic auto insurance discount, but the fact that it was a discount and not a rate hike that makes all the difference to a consumer. For example, a 25% auto insurance

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Hurricane warnings: Is it crying wolf when storms aren’t as bad as expected?

August 31, 2020 by David Gambrill

While Hurricane Laura’s insured damage estimates in the United States range anywhere between $4 billion to $12 billion, the post-tropical storm predicted for Atlantic Canada did not quite reach the level of intensity initially forecast for the Maritimes last Thursday.

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What is the future of ridesharing insurance in Canada?

August 27, 2020 by Jason Contant

Once autonomous vehicle technology becomes commercially feasible for public transportation, it will be widely adopted, predicts Obaid Rahman, vice president of commercial underwriting and specialty lines at Economical Insurance. “In my view, when autonomous technology is commercially viable for public

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Rapid-intensity Hurricane Laura ultimately headed for Newfoundland

August 26, 2020 by David Gambrill

The path of Hurricane Laura — which is currently located off the U.S. Gulf Coast and described as one of the fastest-intensifying storms in history — is tracking to hit St. John’s, Nfld., next Monday as a post-tropical storm, according

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How possible is a hybrid insurance model for the sharing economy?

August 24, 2020 by Jason Contant

Being able to distinguish between personal and commercial usage is one of the biggest unique differences with underwriting for the sharing economy, but the abundance of data available makes a hybrid insurance model possible, Economical Insurance said recently. “You can

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Economical to take over commercial ridesharing insurance coverage from Intact

August 21, 2020 by Jason Contant

Economical Insurance will replace Intact Insurance as the commercial auto insurer for Uber in four Canadian provinces effective Sept. 1. Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical announced Tuesday in a press release the “new and significant relationship with Uber in Canada, designed to

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Why this BrokerLink exec thinks COVID could accelerate brokerage M&A

August 12, 2020 by David Gambrill

Before the pandemic, hard market conditions and the increasing digitization of brokerages were already reasons for some broker principals to ponder selling the business and moving on, but the novel coronavirus may have further accelerated the pace of M&A, says