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Appeal court ‘vindicates Aviva’ in slip-and-fall lawsuit

May 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial liability clients do not have to settle personal injury lawsuits even if the defendants are perceived as having deep pockets, a recent Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling suggests. “A litigant, or its insurer, even if wealthy, is not

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Mutual insurer group expands with addition of Ontario brokerage

May 5, 2021 by Jason Contant

Collectivfide Insurance Group Inc. has finalized the acquisition of Barrie, Ont.-based multiline broker RK Mooney Insurance Brokers Ltd., the fourth brokerage acquisition for Collectivfide, a company formed in 2019. Collectivfide’s shareholders represent mutual insurers in Ontario and across Canada. Although

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Former RSA exec Ince joins major Canadian P&C mutual

May 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

After a 25-year stint at RSA Canada, Donna Ince has joined Economical Insurance as vice president, personal insurance, regional operations. Ince joined Economical Monday, a spokesperson for Waterloo, Ont.-based Economical told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. Ince worked at RSA Canada until

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NDP motion calls for Ontario truck insurance relief

April 30, 2021 by John G. Smith

Ontario NDP MPP Guy Bourgouin (Mushkegowuk-James Bay) has officially introduced a motion calling on the provincial government to tackle rising insurance costs faced by owner-operators. “Today is a victory for all the truckers in northern Ontario and across the province

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Why insurers like Ontario’s plans to restrict tow trucks

April 29, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario tow truck operators will be prohibited from stopping within 200 metres of motor vehicle accidents unless they are specifically asked to do so by people involved in the collision. This is what will happen if Bill 282, the Moving

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Ontario nursing homes badly prepared for COVID-19 pandemic, auditor general says

April 28, 2021 by Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario’s nursing homes were woefully unprepared for the onslaught of COVID-19 – the culmination of years of neglect and failure to address known problems, the province’s auditor general said on Wednesday. In a special report, Bonnie Lysyk took

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Change of plans for executive lineup at Heartland following Kings merger

April 27, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Kings Mutual CEO Cara Cameron is not staying on after the Nova Scotia-based insurer merges with Heartland Farm Mutual Inc. If approved by regulators, the Kings-Heartland deal, initially announced on Jan. 18, will take effect June 30. The merger was

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Brian Parsons joins BFL Canada from Willis Towers Watson

April 27, 2021 by Jason Contant

BFL Canada announced Tuesday it has appointed Brian Parsons as its new president of BFL Canada’s national risk management division. The large commercial brokerage said in a press release Tuesday that it will also announce new appointments in its risk

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Ontario introducing harsher penalties for speeding, stunt driving

April 27, 2021 by John Chidley-Hill - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario plans to increase penalties for speeding, stunt driving and other traffic violations, saying it has seen a spike in the offences since the pandemic hit. The government introduced legislation Monday that would, among other things, increase vehicle

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Latest cyberattacks on insurers ‘a wakeup call’ to shore up security

April 26, 2021 by Adam Malik

With a new cyberattack focused specifically on the insurance industry, a cyber expert is urging insurance companies need to up their security game in order to protect themselves and their customers. Otherwise, insurers could be on the hook for a

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COVID’s effect on Canadian auto and property rates

April 22, 2021 by Jason Contant

Endorsements to auto policies as a result of changing driving habits from COVID-19 are resulting in average premium rate renewal decreases across most of the country, according to Applied Systems’ latest rating index report. Personal property rates, on the other

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Ontario judge urges legislature to deal with insurance fraud

April 22, 2021 by David Gambrill

An Ontario judge has taken the rare approach in a sentencing decision to urge the provincial government to take steps to prevent future instances of insurance fraud. Ontario Court Justice David S. Rose made the obitur remarks in his written