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A major risk factor in children being hit by cars

May 8, 2019 Paola Loriggio - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A new study suggests children from poorer areas of Ontario face a greater risk of getting hit by vehicles than those from wealthier areas, possibly because they are more likely to walk to school alone. The study – conducted by

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Why it’s ‘time to stop talking’ about the Marshall report

May 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Two years after David Marshall released 30 recommendations for reforming auto insurance in Ontario, it’s time to focus on what the current government is actually proposing, a consultant suggests. “I think it’s time to stop talking about Marshall and focus

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An explainer on the Ontario government’s move to review highway speed limits

May 6, 2019 Adam Burns - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario’s government plans to launch a review of speed limits on provincial highways, with the transportation minister musing that some of those roads can safely handle traffic at 120 kilometres per hour. Here’s a look at the context

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What auto insurance brokers should keep in mind if cash settlements are banned

May 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers need to understand both the upside and downside to a “care not cash” clause in an accident benefits policy so clients can choose an option that fits their needs, says an Ontario auto insurance expert. The Ontario government is

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Why this claimant cannot sue over auto collision

May 2, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A motorist should have known he was listed by his insurer as an excluded driver, an Ontario court has ruled. Johnathon Trudeau filed a lawsuit against David Cavanagh as a result of a 2013 vehicle collision in Espanola. Trudeau also

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Ontario’s ‘most encouraging statement about auto insurance’ in 35 years

April 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The recent Ontario budget document is giving some insurers hope that the government will actually fix the province’s auto insurance system. “Many people have said that the comprehensive package contained in the budget is frankly the most encouraging statement about

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Why the court says this auto insurer did not properly terminate policy

April 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

An auto insurance company cannot necessarily treat a policy as invalid under common law if it discovers the client made a material misrepresentation on the application, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has ruled. In Merino v. ING Insurance Company

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Alberta election leaves IBC ‘cautiously hopeful’ on auto file

April 26, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Alberta brokers should touch base with the new provincial government and explain how auto insurance rules needs to change, suggests the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s CEO. “Our campaign for change moves into a new phase with the recent election of

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Proposed auto reforms in Newfoundland ‘don’t go far enough’: IBC

April 25, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

If the Newfoundland and Labrador government increases the deductible for pain and suffering awards in auto accident lawsuits, a reduction in claims costs will not necessarily follow, says the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s CEO. Newfoundland and Labrador has had a

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One key ingredient missing from this province’s auto reform proposals

April 24, 2019 by David Gambrill

Newfoundland & Labrador has introduced a slew of changes intended to help stabilize insurance rates – and a cap on minor injuries, implemented in many other Canadian provinces, isn’t one of them. Instead, the provincial government is proposing to raise

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Auto ‘very difficult policy to understand,’ says broker-turned-parliamentarian

April 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The Ontario government wants to make the auto claims process easier to navigate and less cumbersome, a politician who used to be a broker told the legislature last week. “Today when someone has an accident, they are assigned an adjuster,”

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How Ontario government plans to work with industry on auto reform

April 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The Ontario government plans to work with the industry on implementing a number of changes to auto insurance, including doubling accident benefits coverage for catastrophic impairment. In its 2019-20 budget document tabled Apr. 11, the government said motorists “should have