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Why insurers incurred penalties for over-charging Alberta auto clients

October 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Programming errors are cited as the culprit for why some Alberta auto clients have been charged higher rates than those approved by the Automobile Insurance Rate board. Six auto insurers (ultimately owned by Economical, TD Bank and Intact) had to

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What happens in Alberta when auto insurers are not comfortable with their profitability

September 23, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Alberta auto insurance industry is still suffering “hangover” from a 5% cap on rate increases that was abolished more than a year ago, with many insurers not looking for new business, suggests the co-founder of LowestRates.ca. Data released Tuesday

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P&C insurers can handle severe weather events, but for how long?

July 27, 2020 by Adam Malik

Canadian property and casualty insurers should be able to manage well financially for the time being, despite currently dealing with a pandemic and the fourth-most expensive natural catastrophe in the country’s history, says global credit rating agency DBRS Morningstar. However,

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How many claims the Calgary hail storm caused

July 16, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry is dealing with more than 70,000 claims arising from last month’s hail storm in Alberta, but it’s not clear yet how much of the bill will get picked up by reinsurers, the Insurance Bureau of Canada reports. The

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How ‘actual cash value’ could be affecting some Alberta hail victims

June 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If some Alberta homeowners are only getting a small fraction of the cost to repair properties damaged in the recent hail storm, that could be the result of choosing a policy that only covers actual cash value, Insurance Bureau of

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Auto total loss claims escalate after Calgary hail storm: IBC

June 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The industry is expecting well over 20,000 claims from the recent Alberta hail storm, and some vehicles were wrecked badly enough that they have to be written off, the Insurance Bureau of Canada reports. “We are hearing from several consumers

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How pandemic could complicate claims adjusting after Alberta hail storm

June 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The COVID-19 pandemic could complicate the movement of adjusters if help is needed from south of the border to deal with the aftermath of the recent southern Alberta storm. “I think customers by and large are recognizing that it’s complicated

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Alberta drivers push back against no-fault

June 9, 2020 by Adam Malik

Albertans would rather stick with its at-fault auto insurance system than switch to a no-fault program, according to a new survey. More than six in 10 Albertans (61%) surveyed told Nanos Research that they prefer at-fault over the no-fault system.

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Kernaghan Adjusters’ new hire will be essential to Fort McMurray flooding response plan

May 1, 2020 by Kernaghan Adjusters

FORT MCMURRAY, AB, MAY 1, 2020/InsPress/ – Kernaghan Adjusters (KA) , Canada’s most reliable independent adjusting firm – is pleased to welcome back Christie Belok-Bunn CIP to the Alberta team. Christie began her career as a Claims Adjuster after attaining

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Flooding in Fort McMurray leads to request for military assistance from Ottawa

April 27, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Flooding in northern Alberta has led to mandatory evacuations in Fort McMurray and a request to the federal government for military assistance. “We have requested assistance from the federal government as we face this new crisis,”

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Which business line has taken the biggest hit?

February 25, 2020 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

How would you characterize the hardening commercial market right now? We put the question to Scott Treasure, CEO of Edmonton-based Treasures Insurance and Risk Management Inc., a founding partner of the Excel Insurance Group. – As told to Greg Meckbach

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Appeal court overturns controversial ruling on auto coverage arising from overseas accident

February 7, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A controversial 2019 court ruling — in which the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench found that a client struck by a motorcycle in the Philippines is covered by Alberta’s family protection endorsement — has been reversed on appeal. “The SEF