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Nova Scotia court dismisses auto liability case — after an 18-year delay

January 22, 2018 by David Gambrill

Would you be prepared to wait almost two decades to defend your insured policyholder in an uncomplicated auto liability case? One insurer stuck it out for 18 years until finally, on Jan. 19, 2018, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia

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Weather service warns that black ice making Nova Scotia roads treacherous

December 21, 2017 The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Nova Scotia warning of black ice forming on roads around the province. The weather service said rain that fell on highways and roads across the province overnight had been

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Standard Yet Complex

December 5, 2017 Heather Gray, Equity Partner; and Laura Sullivan, Articling Student, Clyde & Co. Canada LLP

A Nova Scotia ruling exploring the standard of care and “complexity” of risk may offer some relief for insurance brokers, but that should not inspire complacency. While it appeared that the standard of care for brokers had expanded, brokers must clearly understand that standard of care may increase in line with the complexity of the risk.

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Provincial brokers hearing consumer demand for electronic pink slips

November 23, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Nova Scotia motorists will probably get permission early next year to present electronic proof of auto insurance without having to carry paper pink slips in their vehicles, the president of the province’s broker association predicts. Insurance Brokers Association of Nova

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Nova Scotia sets the stage for its cap and trade regime, with targets to come

October 2, 2017 Keith Doucette - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia tabled legislation Friday that sets the stage for its promised cap and trade regime, although specific details on the regulations and the effect on consumers are yet to be known. Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government opted

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Provincial, local governments should consider mandatory hurricane interpretation training: ICLR report

August 25, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Provincial and local governments should consider mandating compulsory training in the Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC)’s severe hurricane interpretation course, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) recommended in a new research paper. The paper, titled Communicating hurricane risk in Eastern Canada:

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“Clear and direct communication line” needed between insurers and Canadian Hurricane Centre: ICLR

August 24, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

A “clear and direct communication line” should be established between the Canadian insurance industry and the Canadian Hurricane Centre (CHC), the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) recommended in a research paper released on Thursday. The recommendation was one of

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Loblaw to keep operating PC Financial home & auto brokerage after ending banking relationship with CIBC

August 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

PC Financial Insurance Broker Inc. – which places home and auto insurance in Ontario, Alberta and Atlantic Canada – will continue to be owned and operated by grocery and drug retailer Loblaw Companies Ltd., a PC Financial spokesperson told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday.
President’s Choice Bank, a Loblaw unit, announced Wednesday it has ended its 20-year relationship with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
“Everyday banking products, including savings, chequing and mortgage accounts, previously offered under the President’s Choice Financial brand will continue to be provided by CIBC, under new branding…

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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador finalizes terms of reference for auto insurance review

August 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The provincial government announced on Tuesday that it has finalized the terms of reference for the automobile insurance review for Service NL and the provincial Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (PUB). Government has directed PUB to begin its review

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Allstate Canada expands UBI program Drivewise into Nova Scotia after “great success” in Alberta and Ontario

August 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Allstate Insurance Company of Canada announced on Monday that it is expanding its usage-based insurance (UBI) program Drivewise in Nova Scotia “after experiencing great success in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario.” Drivewise rewards those who exhibit safe driving

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Insurance Corporation of B.C. financial condition ‘seriously compromised,’ Basic Autoplan needs redesign: EY

July 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The premiums charged by British Columbia’s government-run monopoly provider of basic auto insurance are “not high enough” to cover claims, the system is not sustainable and the cost of the average minor bodily injury claim has risen well beyond the

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IBC encouraging policyholders to discuss policy limits with insurers as B.C. wildfires continue

July 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

As British Columbia has declared a state of emergency due to wildfires burning out of control throughout much of the Interior, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is encouraging policyholders to discuss policy limits with their insurer. Most home and