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Lawsuit over flooding, catch-basin access could reach Supreme Court

February 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A property owner who was sued for more than $100,000 over laneway flooding is hoping to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. Marilyn Marks owns commercial property in the community of Tottenham, Ont., about 40 kilometres north of Toronto

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Executive challenges brokers regarding earthquake take-up rates in Quebec

February 8, 2019 by Jason Contant

Sparks flew during a recent conference discussion about mortgage impairment and earthquake loss, when a senior reinsurance company executive drew a link between the practices of Quebec brokers and the low take-up rates of earthquake insurance in the province. Philipp

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What the industry learned from the costliest catastrophe of 2018

February 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

The sheer volume of claims following the windstorm that swept through southern Ontario and Quebec last May led to critical service disruptions, after so many consumers called at once to report their claims to their insurers. “I’m not sure people

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Two weird things about the 2018 catastrophe season

February 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Canadian insurance industry saw a bit of an unusual catastrophe season last year, with more cats in the second quarter than the third, and Ontario beating out Alberta for insured losses. There were a total of 12 catastrophes last

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Top court won’t hear appeal of controversial waiver decision

February 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A 2018 Court of Appeal for Ontario ruling on waivers, described as “great news” for liability insurers, is now final. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Thursday it will not hear an appeal of Schnarr v. Blue Mountain Resorts Limited,

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The changes to B.C. auto injury lawsuit rules that this review recommends

February 7, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – A review of legal cases involving British Columbia’s public insurer says despite public perception, the agency isn’t lowballing claimants in its settlement offers. The review conducted by legal counsel in the Ministry of the Attorney General was released

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Freight train involved in fatal derailment started on its own: TSB

February 6, 2019 Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY –  A Canadian Pacific freight train parked on a frigid night in the Rocky Mountains began to move on its own before a derailment that killed three workers and sent 99 grain cars and two locomotives hurling off the

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Mystery explosion damages 22 homes in Caledon

February 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Nearly two dozen homes were damaged after one fatal incident Sunday near Toronto. An explosion demolished a house in Caledon, killing Joseph Westcott and damaging neighbouring properties, The Canadian Press reported. About 22 homes were “damaged to varying degrees,” Andrea

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Has Intact noticed the impact of pot legalization on auto claims?

February 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Recreational cannabis has been legal for nearly four months, but it’s too early for Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer to tell whether it’s having an impact on auto claims frequency. Senior managers with Intact Financial Corp. were asked Wednesday

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Aviva rolls out automated claim notification at collision reporting centres

February 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Motorists insured by Aviva Canada will no longer have to make their own first notice of loss (FNOL) to the carrier if they report the accident to a collision reporting centre. This is because Aviva Canada is rolling out an

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Prominent insurance defence lawyer named as judge

February 5, 2019 by David Gambrill

Insurance defence lawyer William S. Chalmers, managing partner at Hughes Amys LLP, has been appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Toronto. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1987, Justice Chalmers practised law at Hughes

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Dozens of freight cars derail in fatal train accident

February 5, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

FIELD, B.C. – A Canadian Pacific freight train fell more than 60 metres from a bridge near the Alberta-British Columbia boundary in a derailment that killed three crew members, a union representative said Monday. The westbound freight jumped the tracks