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Alberta strikes panel to review auto insurance, won’t bring back rate cap

December 27, 2019 Dean Bennett – THE CANADIAN PRESS

Alberta is reviewing auto insurance in the province to ensure that the industry can remain viable and drivers can get affordable coverage. Finance Minister Travis Toews says Albertans are paying some of the highest rates in Canada but are having

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What Santa delivered to Ontario auto insurers

December 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Sugar plums are likely dancing in the heads of at least some Ontario auto underwriters as a result of a series of developments over the past year. When the government released its budget this past April, it included a bunch

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The hidden cost of Ontario auto accident injuries

December 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than half a million Ontarians receive some form of government disability support and an advocate for claimants suggests many of these are caused by motor vehicle accident injuries. “At the end of the day, unpaid claimants don’t just go

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Is there a doctor in the court? Psychologist’s evidence is not good enough for verbal threshold, court rules

December 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Correction Notice: In an earlier version of this story, L&A Mutual was identified as the defendant’s insurer, which is the insurer identified in court documents. However, Aviva has since identified itself as the defendant’s insurer.   When a driver is

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Would driver training reduce risk for dump trucks and buses?

December 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Could commercial auto risk be reduced if training was mandatory for drivers of dump trucks, buses and 20-foot cube vans? It’s a question Ontario’s transportation ministry is looking at, the province announced in its recent auditor general’s report. Formal training

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Putting smart cars to the test

December 8, 2019 Tom Flynn and Mike Yang, MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists

Driver-assistance technologies are designed to help motorists, but how do they assist auto liability insurers?

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Chain of Command

December 4, 2019 By Emily Atkins, Freelance Writer

TD Insurance now owns several auto repair centres, yet another example of an insurer buying into the supply chain

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What it takes to be convicted of driving with no insurance

November 20, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

When an Ontario motorist fails to produce proof of insurance and is charged as a result, police do not have to prove the vehicle is actually uninsured. So says Justice David Rose of the Ontario Court of Justice in R.

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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