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New Brunswick premier urges truck drivers to get a COVID 19 vaccination

April 14, 2021 Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s premier is urging truck drivers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, but the head of a regional trucking association says it’s not that simple. Blaine Higgs told reporters Tuesday only about 800 of

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Households expect return to pre pandemic spending within a year, Bank of Canada says

April 12, 2021 Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Canadian household spending will eclipse earnings in the coming months as vaccinations increase and uncertainty from the pandemic recedes, The Bank of Canada said in a report released Monday. The central bank says the gap between spending and

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Number of suspicious claims “at an all-time” high during COVID: RSA

April 6, 2021 by Jason Contant

Even though claims volume has significantly decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of claims flagged for possible fraud investigation remains comparable to pre-pandemic levels, RSA told Canadian Underwriter last week. “From RSA’s perspective… this indicates [claims] with concerning loss

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Why the new hybrid office model may have less flexibility than you think

April 1, 2021 by Adam Malik

Those pining for the freedom to pick and choose when they’ll work from home and when they’ll go to the office may be in for a surprise, panellists of a recent insurance webinar warned. On one hand, it’s unlikely that

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Families reach $5.5 million settlement in lawsuit against Quebec long-term care home

April 1, 2021 Sidhartha Banerjee - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Lawyers for residents and families suing a Montreal-area long-term care home ravaged by the pandemic’s first wave said Wednesday they had reached a $5.5-million settlement with the facility’s owners. The private Residence Herron was among the hardest hit

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Why now is a good time to press for auto reform

March 31, 2021 by David Gambrill

Elected officials in Canada have an opportunity to fix underlying issues in the auto insurance product now that the pandemic has temporarily suppressed insurance companies’ auto loss ratios, says the head of Canada’s association for home, car and business insurers.

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How your business clients feel about Canada’s chances for economic recovery

March 25, 2021 by Adam Malik

The size of your commercial client appears to influence their optimism about the future as Canada’s vaccination program starts to roll out, a trio of recent reports suggests. Bigger commercial clients are feeling a sense of optimism when looking ahead,

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COVID’s impact on insurance fraud

March 25, 2021 by Jason Contant

Fraudsters are taking advantage of anxieties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic to exploit victims in the Canadian P&C insurance space in novel ways, speakers said during a fraud webinar Wednesday. For example, some body shops are charging drivers extra cleaning

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Hardest-hit businesses call for extension of federal wage, rent

March 24, 2021 Jordan Press and Joan Bryden - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The federal Liberals are facing calls from some of the hardest-hit businesses in the pandemic to use the coming budget to extend emergency relief programs beyond June, saying many will still need help even as the economy picks

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Collisions saw ‘drastic reduction’ last year

March 23, 2021 by Adam Malik

With road traffic down due to stay-at-home orders and business closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the frequency of auto collisions in Canada was halved at one point, according to a new report. But police data show the fatality

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The demographic suffering most during remote work

March 23, 2021 by Jason Contant

Very young workers at your brokerage or insurance company are the “overlooked demographic” that may be suffering the most as we pass the one-year anniversary of working from home during the pandemic, according to a recent survey from Microsoft Corp.

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CAA says driving has dropped. By how much?

March 22, 2021 by Adam Malik

CAA Insurance has seen driving halved since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its president. Through its pay-as-you-go program, MyPace, and what customers have told the insurer about the number of kilometres they are now travelling, CAA president