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Get ready for hundreds of claims from Barrie twister

July 21, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The industry will probably see well over 200 claims from the July 15 tornado that hit Barrie, Ont., says a wind damage expert who has looked at the affected area. “I expect the total number of damaged houses was about

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Ontario imposes restrictions on industrial operations in northwest as wildfires burn

July 20, 2021 by The Canadian Press

NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO – Ontario is imposing new restrictions on the mining, rail, construction and transportation industries in the province’s northwest to reduce the likelihood of human-caused fires. The move comes as 107 active wildfires burn in the region, with 32

The small town of Okotoks was hit hard by the June floods of 2013, with the river valley rushing and raging through wiping out pedestrian bridges, campgrounds, river banks and pathways.
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Why your clients may not have the high ground on overland flood risk

July 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Many homeowners opt not to buy overland flood coverage and this could leave them uninsured in the event of a severe rain storm. “Overland flooding is any water that comes into your house through the windows or door or anything

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New industry anti-fraud group gets its first CEO

July 19, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Terri O’Brien, a former vice president at TD Bank, is now CEO of Équité Association, the anti-fraud organization announced Monday. Équité Association is a new organization that integrates Canadian National Insurance Crime Services (CANATICS) and the IBC’s investigative services division.

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Why insured losses from Barrie twister may be higher than you think

July 16, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The number of Barrie, Ont. clients whose homes are damaged beyond repair by Thursday’s tornado may be more than initially reported, an industry expert predicted Friday. The tornado touched down at about 2:30 p.m. July 15, the Canadian Press reported.

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Top court asked to create “new law” in waiver case involving insurer’s flip-flop on coverage

July 14, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian law on estoppel or waiver could change if the Supreme Court of Canada rules against RSA in Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v. Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, a Vancouver-based insurance lawyer suggested Tuesday. Estoppel

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First Nations seek emergency declaration from province over northern Ontario wildfires

July 13, 2021 by The Canadian Press

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – An organization representing 49 First Nations in northern Ontario is urging the province to declare a state of emergency over wildfires that it says are threatening several remote communities. The Nishnawbe Aski Nation says the declaration

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Former Aviva Canada VP now CEO of TD Insurance

July 7, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

James Russell, a former senior executive with The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company and Aviva Canada, is now leading The Toronto-Dominion Bank’s property and casualty insurers. Russell’s appointment results from a re-assignment of several TD senior managers. Russell has

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BrokerLink’s take on the surging demand for brokerage M&A

June 30, 2021 by Jason Contant

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This article has been corrected to show that BrokerLink has over $2 billion of written premiums. A previous version of this article icorrectly stated the Intact subsidiary had more than $2.5 billion in premium overall, about $700 of

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Internet kills idea of an inconvenient place to defend your client: Judge

June 30, 2021 by David Gambrill

In the age of Zoom, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has essentially found that it doesn’t really matter in which jurisdiction you defend your clients in an arbitration hearing — it’s all part of the common cyber landscape now.

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Appeal court upholds $385,000 payment to Northbridge arising from accident benefits assignment

June 28, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

The Court of Appeal for Ontario recently ruled in favour of Northbridge Insurance in an auto liability claim that featured a dispute over how much of the plaintiff’s accident benefits should go to the liability insurer. Kossay El-Khodr was rear-ended

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Tornado touchdown causes damage in midwestern Ontario

June 28, 2021 by The Canadian Press

Environment Canada says that at least one tornado touched down late Saturday afternoon in midwestern Ontario. Agency meteorologist Brian Owsiak says that reports from the ground, as well as radar signatures, confirmed that a twister hit just east of Chatsworth,