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British Columbia’s Site C dam faces one-year construction delay

March 1, 2021 The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – British Columbia Premier John Horgan says completing the Site C dam is in the best interests of residents, despite the project’s price tag ballooning to $16 billion and completion date stretching to 2025. The premier told a news

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What’s making it harder to estimate property Cat claims

February 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Recent price increases in building materials means it is harder than normal to predict the cost of repairing property damage, restoration experts say. Restoration contractor Peak Services handled several thousand claims after the June 13, 2020, record hail storm in

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Partial building collapse in London, Ont. kills two workers, injures four others

December 14, 2020 Colin Perkel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Workers sifting through the rubble of a partially collapsed building in London, Ont., recovered the body of a second victim, city officials said on Sunday of the construction mishap that also killed the father of an infant. The

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How this Supreme Court ruling impacts contractor insolvency risk

November 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling means construction clients need to be careful about contract wording that refers to insolvency or bankruptcy. With the Oct. 2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada has taken away a tool that a

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Why the status quo can be dangerous in the construction insurance world

September 9, 2020 by Jason Contant

“We’ve always done it this way” are six dangerous words in the construction world, and equally dangerous for those trying to assess or procure adequate insurance for construction projects. “Doing what we’ve always done rarely is OK when we’re facing

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How your advice can help flood-proof future real estate development

August 26, 2020 by Adam Malik

There’s not enough collaboration between stakeholders in Canada’s real estate sector and risk professionals with information about natural hazards, and real estate investments could drown as a result, an expert warned. If real estate is constantly being exposed to damage

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Briefing Note: Manitoba

July 5, 2020 Canadian Underwriter Staff

Residential real estate and construction have been hit with rate increases ranging from 8% to 650% this year in Manitoba, says Colin Matchyuk, a commercial account executive at HUB International’s Winnipeg office. That’s because apartment buildings built within 150 feet

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Despite re-openings, time is ticking on construction clients’ inactivity limits

May 14, 2020 by Adam Malik

A “snowball effect” could leave some construction companies facing major financial challenges despite the slow re-opening of some of their closed worksites, one brokerage warns. In some situations, the damage may already be done, leaving brokers scrambling to help out

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How to help construction clients who are no longer deemed “essential services”

April 6, 2020 by Adam Malik

Ontario brokers can expect to receive calls from their clients in the province’s construction industry, some of whom were recently de-listed from the province’s essential services list. Under pressure to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario, the province recently

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Supreme Court of Canada could review ‘joint and several liability’ clause in surety bond

February 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The Guarantee Company of North America wants to take a disputed claim on a 20-year-old performance bond to the Supreme Court of Canada. The top court announced Feb. 7 that The Guarantee is applying for leave to appeal HOOPP Realty

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Former Tarion official calls for insurer-based new home warranty

February 3, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A former enforcement director with Tarion Warranty Corporation is calling for competition among insurers in new home warranty in Ontario. David Roberts, who retired in 2017 from Tarion, recommended the provincial government move the new home warranty system to a

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Unfinished business

January 5, 2020 By Kevin Shipley, Partner, XCG Consulting Limited

Why a winter construction fire should give underwriters pause before covering the risk of unfinished buildings