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Collision damages ships in Vancouver Harbour

March 20, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

RICHMOND, B.C. – Transport Canada says two ships collided in Vancouver Harbour Sunday after one lost power, but no one was injured and no pollutants were released. The federal department says in a statement that the bulk carrier MV Caravos

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This Supreme Court ruling could drive environmental insurance sales

March 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers could see more demand for environmental liability insurance because of a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of the Alberta Energy Regulator, a Toronto underwriter suggests. In Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd., the Supreme Court

News Catastrophes

Manitoba flooding could be worse than 2009

March 19, 2019 Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Heavy snowfall in the United States has raised the threat of flooding in Manitoba’s Red River Valley this spring. The Manitoba government says conditions have worsened since its first flood outlook last month. The province says, with average

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Is Aviva-Desjardins fraud collaboration the dawning of a new era?

March 19, 2019 by Jason Contant

Could an insurance fraud collaboration between the second and third largest insurers in Canada herald the beginning of a broader trend across the industry? “Hopefully, this is laying the foundation for great, big things to come,” said Ashish Bhargava, vice

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Poison reports up in wake of cannabis legalization

March 18, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Atlantic Canada’s largest children’s hospital is warning parents about the risks of edible weed after a flood of cannabis-related calls to its poison centre. The IWK Health Centre says it fielded three times as many cannabis calls to

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Taking Flight

March 15, 2019 Kabir Shaal, Co-founder, VP of Client Services, Drone Software Canada Inc.

Planning to use drone technology? 3 considerations that will help your ROI to take off

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How recreational cannabis has created numerous challenges for insurers

March 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Cannabis legalization is making things more complex for auto insurers and increasing risk for some commercial property clients, A.M. Best Company Inc. suggests in a recent report. About 25 insurers, most of whom are non-admitted, provide coverage for cannabis risks

News Legal

Quebec reaches deal to compensate motorists trapped on highway after 2017 storm

March 14, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – The Quebec government has agreed to compensate motorists who were trapped for hours on a major Montreal highway in March 2017 following a massive snowstorm. Lawyers representing plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit said today they reached an

News Legal

Four years in jail for driver who was texting before fatal crash

March 13, 2019 Stephanie Marin - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A Quebec man convicted of killing another driver and injuring two teenagers while texting at the wheel has been sentenced to four years in prison. Martin Carrieres, 39, had exchanged more than 30 text messages while driving on

News Restoration

How air conditioner installer got dragged into basement flood

March 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Moisture that an air conditioner collects could damage your client’s home if it doesn’t drain properly, but the client cannot necessarily blame the air conditioner installer for a flood. Basement flood victim Samuel Sieb took Gandy Installations Ltd. to British

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Recurring back pain and auto liability: how this court applied the two-year limit

March 12, 2019 by David Gambrill

If an injured cyclist in an auto liability action declares feeling better after treatment, takes a year off work, and then feels debilitating back pain after returning to work three years after the accident, does the two-year statute of limitations

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Honda recalls 83,977 vehicles in Canada to replace Takata air bag inflators

March 12, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Honda is recalling about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America because their Takata air bag inflators can explode and send shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The recall affects 83,977 vehicles in Canada and includes many Honda