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Missing signature takes homeowner off the hook for paying restoration service bill

January 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A restoration firm dispatched by an insurer to respond to water damage at a British Columbia strata unit cannot collect the nearly $1,400 the contractor says the client owes for emergency services. This is the result of a recent British

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The ‘strange and new opportunity’ for insurance from open banking

January 4, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If Canada proceeds with so-called “consumer-directed finance,” technology firms could potentially get access to consumers’ insurance data, a Microsoft Canada expert told brokers during a recent webinar. The federal finance department appointed its Advisory Committee on Open Banking in 2018.

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Thousands still without power after snow and wind storm hits B.C.

December 22, 2020 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro crews worked through the night to restore power to thousands of customers in southern British Columbia following a wicked snow and wind storm that arrived on the first day of winter. Hydro was reporting as many

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‘Expensive, extreme:’ Environment Canada releases annual Top 10 weather stories list

December 16, 2020 by Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

It was another year of record-breaking disasters and crazy, dangerous weather from coast to coast, says Environment Canada’s senior climatologist. A vicious hailstorm in Calgary wrote off more cars than Albertans normally buy in an entire year. Heat in Ontario

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Ontario wind storm costs the industry $87 million

December 15, 2020 by Jason Contant

Add $87 million to the more than $2.1 billion that the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry has paid out in claims thus far in 2020. An Ontario windstorm in November hit the Greater Toronto Area, the areas of Hamilton,

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Defying The Grinch may cost your clients home insurance coverage

December 11, 2020 by David Gambrill

Are your clients tempted to defy The Grinch who stole Christmas and have large holiday gatherings during the pandemic regardless of what public health orders might say? You might want to tell them about pandemic exclusions in their home insurance

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A sign that insurers are actually investing in technology

December 11, 2020 by Adam Malik

Insurers have talked about the need to be more digital for years now but there is one clear sign that they’re actually following through on their plan, according to a KPMG insurance expert: A significant number of them are investing

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Flooding from heavy rain washes out New Brunswick bridge

December 10, 2020 by The Canadian Press

SUSSEX, N.B. – A New Brunswick woman finds herself still stranded a week after flooding washed out a bridge to her home. Mary Ann Coleman of Waterford, N.B., in the southeast of the province, says she knew there was a

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What four home insurers told the auditor general about illegal electrical work

December 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some Ontario homeowners could collect insurance money on property claims even if the damage was caused by illegal electrical work, the auditor general suggests in her report released Monday. Staff with the province’s Office of the Auditor General contacted four

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Fort McMurray residents still cleaning, considering options after spring flooding

December 8, 2020 by The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – More than seven months ago, Cora Dion and her husband fled Fort McMurray for the second time in four years as a spring flood threatened their home in northern Alberta. They returned to a soggy mess

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How Ottawa is trying to lower earthquake related property losses

December 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Natural Resources Canada is hoping to help insurers cut their loss costs with a yet-to-be released earthquake early warning system. The warning system could provide seconds to tens of seconds of warning before a location is affected by strong shaking,

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Wildfire damage is not like a Godzilla attack. Why that matters to Cat modellers

December 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A client’s structure can remain standing after a wildfire, even when other buildings in the same neighbourhood burn down, because dozens of factors affect a property’s risk, experts said Thursday during a webinar. “The interesting thing about wildfire is [that]