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This mutual aspires to break into Top 10 by the 2030s

March 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If multiple Juno-winner Tom Cochrane were to analyze your industry, he might say, “My Gore’s going to play in the big leagues.” Gore Mutual Insurance Company, based in Cambridge, Ont., has big ambitions. Although the mutual currently commands less than

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No working smoke alarms at fatal Toronto house fire, investigators say

March 12, 2021 by Liam Casey - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – There were no working smoke alarms inside a Toronto house where a fire killed four people, investigators said Friday. The Office of the Fire Marshal said an electrical failure in the ceiling of the dining room in the

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What’s behind reduced auto risk sharing pool usage

March 11, 2021 by Adam Malik

The use of risk sharing pools for private passenger auto insurance in Ontario and Alberta dropped last year, according to Facility Association. And when it came to the overall usage of risk sharing pools across the country, there was a

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Home insurer goes after ventilation unit manufacturers in subrogated fire claim

March 10, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A subrogated claim arising from a Hamilton area home fire is raising the question of which equipment manufacturer, if any, is liable. In 2013, a fire caused extensive damage to the Ancaster, Ont., home of Mary Arlene and Rudolf Dosen.

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Why dirt bike accident victim can get Ontario auto accident benefits

March 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An Ontario claimant who suffered a severely disabling injury after falling off his dirt bike during a competition is entitled to accident benefits under his auto policy. This is the result of Beaudin v. Travelers Insurance Company of Canada, released

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Why auto rates are increasing despite fewer drivers on the road

March 6, 2021 by Jason Contant

Average auto insurance rates rose in Canada during the second half of 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns that led to fewer drivers on the road, a new report from LowestRates.ca found. The average auto insurance premium climbed by

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Aviva reacts to new Ontario towing restrictions

March 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Aviva Canada is supporting new provincial towing restrictions on some Toronto area provincial expressways. On some sections of road, a single towing company will be contracted to remove private passenger vehicles that need to be towed, the Ontario government announced

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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