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This customized vehicle replacement coverage is headed for the junk yard

December 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

This is no April Fool’s joke. TD Insurance Group plans to stop offering its non-standard five-year vehicle replacement coverage in Nova Scotia as of Apr. 1, 2021. In 2019, the Nova Scotia Utility Review Board approved TD’s application to offer

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Auditor general says N.S. slow to act on cybersecurity amid increasing risk

December 1, 2020 by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s auditor general says the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the need for more robust cybersecurity and anti-fraud measures as government employees are forced to work remotely. However, he says the provincial government isn’t working fast enough to

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Insurers now treating distracted driving as ‘major’ conviction

November 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

In keeping with actions previously taken by Canada’s auto insurers, Northbridge General Insurance Company will start treating driving while using a hand-held communication device as a major conviction for the purpose of setting insurance rates in Nova Scotia. The change

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Why the impact of an Intact-RSA combo would vary by province

November 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Things could get interesting for brokers in Atlantic Canada if Intact takes over RSA’s Canadian operations, a Saskatchewan broker told Canadian Underwriter Friday. That being said, he felt if the proposed deal announced Thursday goes through, it would still leave

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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