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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

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Alberta government promising to fix rules on aging energy wells

January 17, 2020 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – A group tasked with cleaning up thousands of abandoned energy sites in Alberta says the province’s rules for ensuring polluters reclaim their wells before selling them off are inadequate. The industry-funded Orphan Well Association made the criticism in

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Why the auditor red-flagged a government agency’s cloud computing risk management practices

December 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Here is a textbook example of how your cyber clients should not be managing their risks, according to Alberta’ auditor general. The province’s auditor red-flagged the example of Travel Alberta Corporation, a provincial agency that moved most of its software

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Now that Alberta’s cap is gone, what next?

September 4, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Giving Alberta’s auto insurance regulator discretion in allowing rate increases of over 5% is good news for the industry, but more needs to be done to address claims costs, the Insurance Bureau of Canada warns. In 2017, the province’s regulator

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Alberta axes 5% cap on auto rate hikes

September 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The 5% ceiling on Alberta auto rate increases is history, but that does not mean the sky is the limit. “Allowing [the 5%] limitation to expire is necessary to ensure a sustainable industry that can best serve the needs of

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We will rise from those ashes:’ Ranch still rebuilding two years after

August 30, 2019 Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Melody Garner-Skiba and her family have had some tough conversations since a wildfire raged into Waterton Lakes National Park in southeastern Alberta two years ago, spread into nearby grassland and destroyed their horse-breeding ranch. “It’s definitely taken a

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Ten-vehicle crash in Alberta kills three

August 21, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

CEREAL, Alta. – A Saskatchewan man says a well-timed pit stop may have helped him avoid getting caught in a fiery 10-vehicle crash in southeastern Alberta that killed three people. Dore Germo and his wife left Kelowna, B.C., on Monday

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Digital pink cards get green light in third province

August 13, 2019 by Adam Malik

A third Canadian province has been given the go-ahead for electronic proof of insurance for drivers. The Alberta government gave the OK for drivers to show their pink cards in a digital format through their smartphone this week, following the

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Two dead after tow plane and glider collide in southern Alberta

July 30, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

BLACK DIAMOND, Alta. – Emergency medical officials say two people are dead after a glider crashed southwest of Calgary. EMS responded to reports of the crash near the Cu Nim Gliding Club, east of Black Diamond, Alta., shortly before 4

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Severe weather lashes Saskatchewan town, spawns tornado in Alberta

July 15, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

Roofs were ripped off buildings and power lines were toppled when wind gusting at well over 100 kilometres an hour and packing toonie-size hail lashed the west-central Saskatchewan town of Eston. There are no immediate reports of injuries following the

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Wildfire destroys homes in Alberta Metis settlement

May 31, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than a dozen homes in a northern Alberta Metis community have been destroyed by an aggressive wildfire and there are concerns that more properties may be consumed. “It’s like a burnt piece of toast up there,” said Blake Desjarlais

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Wildfires force more people out of their homes in northern Alberta

May 30, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

More people are being forced from their homes as several wildfires rage out-of-control in northern Alberta and blanket areas to the south in an acrid haze. The Alberta government issued an emergency alert early this morning for Chipewyan Lake Village,