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Why Intact is named in lawsuit over COVID business interruption coverage

July 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

More than a dozen Canadian property & casualty insurers, including the largest in the nation, are named in a new proposed class-action lawsuit over business interruption coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The notice of action was filed July 6 with

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The Aviva contagious disease policy wording at issue in class action BI coverage dispute

July 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The question of whether non-essential businesses that closed during the pandemic are entitled to claim insurance – specifically, for cover arising as a direct result of an outbreak of contagious or infectious disease within 25 kilometres that is required by

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Ontario premier’s stance on liability protection from pandemic

July 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

It is not clear yet whether the Ontario government will grant any protection for liability arising from COVID-19, but the province will not protect “bad actors” in the long-term care or nursing home sector, a spokesperson for Premier Doug Ford

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Bar owners that offer rare wine and spirits carve takeout business model

July 8, 2020 Salmaan Farooqui -  THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Bar and restaurant owners who deal in specialty alcohol say they’ve carved out a new business model around Ontario’s relaxed rules for takeout liquor, and they’ll fight to make the system permanent. In late March, the Ontario government

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How many of your low-mileage drivers are shopping around for a better deal?

July 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

One impact of the pandemic has been a large spike in customers who are shopping around for a better deal because they are not driving very much, LowestRates.ca reports. “Consumers don’t understand why different insurance companies are reacting differently to

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How the P&C industry can lead change in long-term care homes

June 30, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Insurers could be instrumental in pushing nursing homes and long-term care facilities to improve the way they manage the risk of a disease outbreak, a Toronto-based personal injury lawyer suggests. “As a plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer, I usually don’t see

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Return Migration

June 29, 2020 David Gambrill, Editor in Chief

Throughout Canada, provinces are starting a phased re-opening of the economy (albeit some regions are in more advanced stages than others). Doron Melnick, partner in KPMG’s
people and change advisory services practice, is advising businesses on how to return to the office while the global novel coronavirus remains a threat.

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Why waivers won’t necessarily protect clients from COVID-19 liability

June 22, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Waivers of liability for disease transmission might protect commercial clients from lawsuits, but the industry will not know for sure until one is tested in an appeal court, a litigation defence lawyer suggests. A waiver will not, on its own,

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Health experts urge caution as big business demands loosening of travel rules

June 19, 2020 Christopher Reynolds - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Health experts are urging caution after business leaders called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and provincial premiers to ease air travel restrictions. Paul Pottinger, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, says big business should

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Ontario to introduce commercial eviction ban bill, retroactive to May 1

June 18, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario is introducing legislation today to temporarily ban commercial evictions. The government says it will protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized due to the negative impacts of COVID-19. It would be retroactive

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Frustration grows with no apparent end in sight for Canada U.S. border ban

June 15, 2020 James McCarten - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WASHINGTON – The intertwined economies of Canada and the United States demand a more sophisticated solution to the threat of COVID-19 than a simple ban on non-essential travel, say business groups chafing at the prospect of another six weeks of

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How much Intact is paying out for commercial COVID claims

June 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Financial Corp. is likely to pay out more than $80 million for commercial claims arising directly from the COVID-19 pandemic, but has only seen a small fraction of that so far, CEO Charles Brindamour said Wednesday. “The total actual