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Contractor immune from liability in botched demolition of burning building

February 7, 2018 by David Gambrill

A trucking and excavation company in Nova Scotia is immune from tort liability because it was acting under orders from the local fire department in a botched attempt to demolish a burning building, a Nova Scotia court has ruled. The…

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How to start a kitchen flood claim with the wave of a paw

February 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

Fancy kitchen faucets that start and stop with a wave of the hand–or a feline paw–have contributed to some curious flood claims. In his presentation about appliance fires and flood claims, Mazen Habash, president of forensic engineering firm Origin and…

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A personal support worker seeking work? You’re an attendant care provider, arbitrator rules

February 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

A catastrophically impaired driver can claim expenses incurred for attendant care services provided by his mother, a personal support worker [PSW] who was not employed when she cared for her son at the time of his accident, an Ontario arbitrator…

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Coalition launches campaign to bring ride-hailing to province

February 7, 2018 by The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Eight organizations in British Columbia are joining forces to advocate for ride-hailing services in the province as soon as possible. The Ridesharing Now BC coalition has been formed by groups including the Vancouver Board of Trade, BC Business…

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B.C. to introduce auto insurance pay out limits next year

February 6, 2018 by The Canadian Press

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government will implement a $5,500 cap on pain and suffering for pay-outs to vehicle accident victims in a move to save $1 billion a year for the province’s public auto insurer. Attorney General David Eby…

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Insurers pushing for regulatory approval of electronic pink slips

February 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

Insurers understand the need for electronic proof of auto insurance, but don’t yet have the ability to share this information electronically, Steve Kee, director of media and digital communications with the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), said in an interview…

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Two minor fender benders lead to $362,000 award for future care

February 6, 2018 by David Gambrill

A B.C. woman has received a court award for $362,102 in damages after developing a debilitating neck pain following two minor fender benders that occurred three years apart. Even though the court reduced the award from what the injured driver…

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Politicians push for impaired driving prevention week

February 6, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

With the federal government preparing to legalize recreational marijuana by no later than July, politicians from the three major parties spoke Friday in favour of designating the third week of March National Impaired Driving Prevention Week. “Marijuana legalization will result…

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InsurTech Growth Program launched in Canada

February 6, 2018 by Jason Contant

Aviva Canada and tech scaleup company OneEleven have partnered to launch what they call the largest InsurTech Growth Program in Canada. Ryan Spinner, head of digital and innovation at Aviva Canada, told Canadian Underwriter that insurtech is rising and its…

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How the new European privacy law can affect Canadian firms

February 6, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A European privacy regulation taking effect this May poses some legal risk for commercial brokers’ Canadian clients, whether those clients know it or not. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) “should be top of mind” for Canadian risk managers, Terri…

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Two key fundamentals for selling cyber cover

February 5, 2018 by Jason Contant

Brokers seeking to sell cyber insurance are advised to do two things: 1) develop a close business relationship with underwriters who are subject matter experts in cyber insurance, and 2) do as much up-front work with the prospective client as…

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Disaster planning: How to get insurance funds to evacuees

February 5, 2018 by David Gambrill

Insurance professionals should be planning in advance how they will get emergency funds into the hands of their insured clients during a natural catastrophe, a senior Intact Insurance executive told the C4 2018 conference in Ottawa Friday. Finding alternative ways…