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Can’t hear the ambulance? Turn down your radio

January 17, 2019 by David Gambrill

A B.C. driver has failed in his bid to receive a refund for his insurance premium increase and deductible after B.C.’s public auto insurer found him 100% responsible for failing to clear an intersection for an ambulance. A B.C. ambulance

News Catastrophes

What the industry paid out for severe weather in 2018

January 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The industry lost nearly $2 billion last year in Canada alone from the combined effect of several weather catastrophes. “No single event caused the high amount paid out for losses,” the Insurance Bureau of Canada said Wednesday in a release.

News CatastrophesClimate ChangeInsurance

Number of homes uninsurable for flood risk growing: study

January 17, 2019 The Canadian Press

A coast-to-coast study finds Canadians aren’t keeping up with the need to protect their homes against catastrophic events made more common by climate change. The study from the University of Waterloo points out that insurance claims from weather-driven problems like

News Climate Change

How flood risk will change in Northern Canada

January 16, 2019 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

The impact of climate change on roads and other crucial structures in Canada’s North is likely to be even greater than feared, says new detailed research. “These are greater impacts than anything I’m aware of,” said John Pomeroy, head of

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News Legislation / Regulation

Industry in the dark on auto reform

January 15, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Nearly two years after David Marshall released his report on Ontario auto insurance reform, there is still no indication on where the government plans to go with it. “We haven’t had a concrete yes or no that they are going

News Legal

One way to bullet-proof your waiver clause: Tribunal

January 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The use of bold lettering and capitalization in a waiver clause helped a storage locker firm defend itself from a claim from a customer. Four storage units were broken into on Aug. 12, 2016. One of those units was rented

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An adjuster’s take on the hazards of cannabis edibles

January 14, 2019 by Jason Contant

Edibles containing cannabis are expected to become legal in Canada later this year, so insurance professionals are encouraging social hosts and commercial establishments to ensure their guests are consuming these products responsibly. With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada

News CatastrophesEngineering

Experts call for federal investigation of fatal bus crash

January 14, 2019 Alanna Rizza THE CANADIAN PRESS

Experts are calling on the federal transportation safety board to investigate a deadly bus crash in Ottawa to prevent similar incidents from occurring again. Ahmed Shalaby, a civil engineering professor at the University of Manitoba, said the Transportation Safety Board

News ClaimsInsuranceLegal

How boating accident sparked dispute between insurers

January 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A court decision released this past Wednesday clarifies what should happen if your client is sued and covered by more than one insurance company. Melissa Shawbonquit filed a lawsuit after she was injured in a boating accident in July 2016.

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Lloyd’s disputes claim over diamond-studded statue

January 8, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – A major insurance company is fighting back after a British Columbia court required it to make good on a policy covering a gold, diamond-encrusted eagle statue allegedly stolen in Metro Vancouver more than two years ago. The B.C.

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Insurer reacts to new distracted driving penalties

January 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The new licence suspensions and $500 minimum fines for distracted driving should remind Ontario motorists not to text and drive, a spokesperson for CAA South Central Ontario predicts. “We hope this is going to serve as a deterrent,” CAA SCO

News InsuranceLegal

Homeowner loses case arising from power surge

January 7, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A British Columbia homeowner who suffered property damage due to an electrical power surge cannot claim damages from the city, the Civil Resolution Tribunal has ruled. In January, 2016, a City of Salmon Arm snowplow hit a power pole, resulting