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Unexpected construction issues, rising labour costs increase pipeline cost to $14.5 billion

February 1, 2023 Amanda Stephenson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – The estimated cost of the Coastal GasLink pipeline has increased by 29 per cent to $14.5 billion, as the company behind the project continues to be dogged by unexpected construction issues and rising labour costs. Calgary-based TC Energy

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Paid Water IoT: A game-changing water monitoring technology for high-rise construction projects

October 1, 2022 Northbridge General Insurance Corporation

In the insurance world, it’s often said that ‘water’ is the new ‘fire.’ And the new normal for annual catastrophic losses related to water damage is around $2 billion, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC). But the problem

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One key difference between a builders’ risk policy and a liability policy

August 30, 2022 by David Gambrill

Starr Insurance & Reinsurance Limited does not have to defend its insured in a Quebec construction case, because its builders’ risk policy is essentially a property policy, not a liability policy, Quebec’s Superior Court has ruled. In construction, a builders’

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Trial required to assess Zurich’s right to rescind surety bonds: Appeal Court

August 25, 2022 by David Gambrill

As a matter of legal principle, Zurich can rescind performance and payments surety bonds based on fraud or misrepresentation, even if that would affect the rights of innocent third parties in a construction dispute, Ontario’s Court for Appeal has ruled.

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Court orders Travelers to defend “your work” exclusion case in Quebec

August 17, 2022 by David Gambrill

Quebec’s Court of Appeal has rejected Traveler’s challenge of a Wellington-style motion that requires the insurer to defend a construction contractor in a “your work” exclusion case against Quebec’s attorney general. The appeal court also rejected Tuesday Traveler’s motion to

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Why the pandemic hit these Canadian sectors particularly hard

August 16, 2022 by Jason Contant

Hospitality was the sector hardest hit by the pandemic in Canada, but that industry was already challenged with access to capacity prior to both the pandemic and the current hard market, Deloitte said in a recent report. The impacts of

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Two dead, 10 injured in multi-vehicle crash on highway south of Montreal

July 21, 2022 The Canadian Press

BROSSARD, Que. – Quebec provincial police say two people are dead and 10 injured after a multi-vehicle crash Tuesday night on Highway 30, south of Montreal. Police say the driver of a truck allegedly did not slow down when approaching

Damage following the Barrie tornado in July 2021
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The cheaper we build our buildings, the more they cost after an earthquake, wildfire or tornado

June 17, 2022 Keith Porter

By Keith Porter, adjunct research professor, civil and environmental engineering, Western University This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original

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Insurers must defend, even if damage falls below the deductible

May 24, 2022 by David Gambrill

Insurers have a duty to defend in construction cases involving policy exclusions for a “work performed” or “own work,” even if the amount of property damage claimed falls under the policy deductible, Ontario’s Court of Appeal has ruled. In GFL

Architect and engineer talking on a construction site
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Key challenges facing your construction industry clients

April 6, 2022 by Jason Contant

An ongoing labour shortage, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is one of the key issues facing the construction industry in general, says the head of risk control with Travelers Canada. “I think the biggest prolonged challenge that comes around, seems

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How brokers can help clients nip construction defects in the bud

April 5, 2022 by Jason Contant

Understanding proper storage and handling of materials can help your construction clients avoid a loss later down the road. Being able to identify material damaged by ultraviolet rays or weather is a key component of a construction risk management plan,

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Recent NatCats reveal need to boost construction standards

February 4, 2022 Greg Meckbach

Enforcing existing building codes, bringing in new construction standards and improving community planning are among the measures governments can take to mitigate the cost of property losses from natural catastrophes, industry watchers say. And arming consumers with better information about