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Why business interruption lawsuits against Aviva got ‘carved off’ from Ontario class action

February 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Aviva Canada is facing two proposed class-action lawsuits in Ontario from clients whose business interruption claims were denied during the ongoing pandemic. Allegations that Aviva has breached insurance contracts by denying BI claims have not been proven in court. Nordik

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Insurers beware: Why your settlements may not be secure

February 16, 2021 by Canadian Underwriter

A record-keeping blunder more than 50 years ago means London, Ont.’s Catholic diocese faces a new multi-million-dollar lawsuit over sexual abuse during the early 1970s of an elementary school student by a priest. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Feb.

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How COVID-19 has affected repair of vehicles from hail

February 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic has created some barriers to repairing vehicle and property damage – including a shortage of auto body parts, and a labour shortage impacted by Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) recipients who are reluctant to return to work,

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Final outcome of The Co-operators’ surface water commercial property coverage dispute

February 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A Supreme Court of Canada decision released Thursday means The Co-operators cannot appeal a $429,000 court decision against it over “surface water” coverage on a commercial property policy. In Co-operators General Insurance Company v. Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre

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Licensing exams now offered in a virtual format

February 9, 2021 by Jason Contant

Licensing exams for Ontario’s brokers are now available in an online, virtually-proctored format, the result of a partnership between the Insurance Institute of Canada and Ontario’s broker regulator RIBO (Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario). “This is welcome news to many

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IBC praises new towing guidelines in Ontario

February 5, 2021 by Jason Contant

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is applauding the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on its new towing services guidelines aimed at providing clear direction to tow operators. “These guidelines are another tool to help protect drivers and ensure that at the

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Telematics surcharges arrive for Ontario auto

February 5, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario motorists who choose usage-based insurance could now be hit with surcharges if telematics data shows they have risky driving behaviour. The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) removed its UBI Guidance this past November, a FRSA spokesperson told Canadian Underwriter

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Ontario long-term care home with outbreak of COVID-19 variant faces lawsuit

February 5, 2021 by Nicole Thompson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A central Ontario long-term care home devastated by an outbreak of a highly contagious variant of COVID-19 is facing a proposed class-action lawsuit from residents’ families who allege their loved ones were neglected by those charged with keeping them safe.

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Two Toronto-area seniors homes limit visits over COVID-19 variant risk

February 4, 2021 by Holly McKenzie-Sutter - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Two Toronto-area retirement homes imposed restrictions on visitors coming from an Ontario region at the centre of a more potent COVID-19 outbreak over the weekend as officials in another district said the more contagious U.K. virus variant had surfaced there

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Canadian auto and property insurance rates headed in opposite directions

February 1, 2021 by Jason Contant

Average personal auto premium rates in Canada decreased 2.6% in 2020 Q4 compared to the same period in 2019, but some provinces did see an increase, according to the latest results from Applied Systems’ premium rate index. On average, both

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Four dead, several injured in three-alarm house fire in Toronto’s east end 

January 29, 2021 by Liam Casey and John Chidley-Hill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Four people were killed and several others were injured after flames ripped through an east-end Toronto home early Friday.   Toronto’s fire service said six people were taken from the home and two were in hospital.   Deborah Bies, who

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Telematics: Who’s jumping into the pool and who’s watching from the deck

January 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Auto insurers are taking a variety of approaches to telematics: Some are observing from the sidelines, while others report growing interest from consumers. The Travelers Companies Inc. introduced IntelliDrive in Canada last week, as Michael Klein, president of personal insurance