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Insurers’ medical examiner gets his day at Supreme Court of Canada

November 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada is considering whether or not to send an insurance medical examiner’s libel case to trial, based on comments made by a personal injury lawyer about the examiner’s work in a closed forum that got leaked

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Small business auto clients are taking this complaint to their politicians

November 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial trucking underwriting rules are killing some small businesses, Ontario’s deputy opposition leader told Canadian Underwriter Friday. John Vanthof, MPP for Timiskaming—Cochrane, is hearing from family-owned businesses that they are not able to find affordable insurance for newly trained and

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Expert witness rule in auto personal injury lawsuits deemed unconstitutional

October 25, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A 22-year-old Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of a marine cargo insurer is a sword that could cut the other way for Canadian auto insurers. The British Columbia government brought in a rule this past March limiting parties

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How Intact is changing usage-based auto insurance in one province

October 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Insurance is making some key changes to its usage-based insurance (UBI) product for motorists in Nova Scotia. Essentially, the company is requiring continual monitoring of an insured’s driving behaviour rather than having the same discount apply until the end

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Investigation continues after van dragged pedestrian several blocks

October 21, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A 24-year-old woman must undergo multiple surgeries to reconstruct her face after a van dragged her for several blocks in downtown Vancouver last weekend An online fundraising page for the woman, only identified as Desiree, says doctors at

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How much does auto insurer owe an injured claimant who cannot go to school?

October 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Saskatchewan’s government-run auto insurer has won a victory of sorts before the Supreme Court of Canada arising from a disputed accident benefits claim, although the carrier lost its key argument. Canada’s top court announced Thursday it will not hear an

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Brokers react to public auto insurer’s online ambitions

October 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Motorists in Manitoba should be able to get online insurance services – such as change of address – but brokers should have some involvement in these processes, an official with the province’s brokers’ association told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. “We are

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B.C. opposition calls for competition in auto insurance

October 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

British Columbia’s Liberal Party, ousted from power in the 2017 election, is calling for an end to the monopoly that a Crown corporation has had on auto insurance since the 1970s. “The B.C. Liberal Caucus believes introducing market competition will

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Why this distracted driving ticket got cancelled

October 7, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – The son of a 71-year-old woman ticketed for distracted driving in downtown Vancouver says a $368 citation issued to his mother has been cancelled by police with an apology. Trevor Kramer says his mother, Randi, was ticketed Monday

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How liability works when pedestrian wearing dark clothing gets hit at night in crosswalk

October 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The wife of an Abbotsford, B.C. insurance broker has been awarded nearly $574,000 as a result of a vehicle accident, but the award would have been $765,000 had the plaintiff not been found partly liable for the accident. She was

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Preventing distracted driving is a top priority for brokers

October 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers are focused on preventing distracted driving, which is near the top of the agenda for the Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC). Kent Rowe, IBAC’s new president, told Canadian Underwriter that distracted driving is part of a nascent federal

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One way to convince regulators to relax auto rate rules

September 27, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Artificial intelligence may be able to help auto insurers convince regulators to relax certain prohibitions on rate restrictions, the founder of an A.I. vendor suggests. In Ontario, insurers are prohibited from using several factors – such as certain at-fault accidents,