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Should public workers’ compensation protect clients from liability for mental stress caused by harassment?

August 23, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s workers’ compensation tribunal was wrong when it decided that a Niagara Falls hotel can’t be sued by a former worker who alleges she was forced to quit after suffering harassment, the provincial Divisional Court has ruled. As a result

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Renting out backyard swimming pools can be lucrative, but experts warn of risks

August 20, 2021 Amanda Stephenson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Stephanie Sabela didn’t know what to expect when she first decided to list her backyard swimming pool for rent on the popular online platform, Swimply. Sabela, who lives on a five-acre property north of Toronto in King Township,

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Maritime farmers ship hay to drought-stricken Prairies

August 18, 2021 Amanda Stephenson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Farmers in the Maritimes are pitching in to help their drought-stricken Prairie counterparts facing a “devastating” situation. On his farm in the Annapolis valley north of Halifax on Tuesday, Tim Marsh was busy baling hay that will ship

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Supreme Court of Canada won’t reverse this municipal liability finding

August 17, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An August 12 Supreme Court of Canada decision means a Toronto-area municipality remains not liable for an electric shock suffered by a teenager at a public sports field. Zoe Onley was 18 when she was placing soccer on a wet

The small town of Okotoks was hit hard by the June floods of 2013, with the river valley rushing and raging through wiping out pedestrian bridges, campgrounds, river banks and pathways.
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How to help clients mitigate water damage risk

August 17, 2021 Canadian Underwriter Staff

With water damage claims due to infrastructure failures costing the industry much more per year than natural catastrophes, brokers need to be more proactive in helping clients understand coverages and risk mitigation strategies. Infrastructure and plumbing related water damage is

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Forest fire in northern New Brunswick still burning but now considered contained

August 17, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS

FREDERICTON – Fire officials in New Brunswick say a forest fire in the north of the province is now contained. The blaze has burned about 64 hectares east of Mount Carleton Provincial Park. The provincial forest fire report says 60

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How does North America’s cyber risk compare to other regions?

August 16, 2021 by Jason Contant

If your client thinks they are more at risk of a cyberattack in the future, they may not be imagining things. According to a recent survey from global cybersecurity company Trend Micro, 80% of global organizations report they are more

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Will 4th wave, mandatory vaccines spur more insurers to re-imagine the workplace?

August 16, 2021 Canadian Underwriter Staff

With COVID-19 cases rising across Canada and several large employers — including the federal government — announcing they’ll require workers to be vaccinated, insurers and brokers may begin rethinking their return-to-office plans. Not long before the fourth wave hit, some

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Why mega-ships are mega risks for marine insurers

August 16, 2021 by Jason Contant

The blocking of the Suez Canal by the Ever Given container ship in March shows that ever-increasing vessel sizes continue to pose a disproportionately large risk, said marine insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS). On Mar. 23, 2021,

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Grasshopper infestation affecting Prairie agriculture sector

August 11, 2021 Brittany Hobson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A pattern of dry, hot weather across the Prairies over the past few years has resulted in a grasshopper infestation of epic proportions, with some experts saying the nuisance is negatively affecting every part of the agriculture industry. For several

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New report sounds the ‘death knell for coal and fossil fuels’

August 9, 2021 Christopher Reynolds - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The secretary-general of the United Nations says a new report “must sound the death knell for coal and fossil fuels,” raising renewed questions about Canada’s climate plan and the long-term viability of its traditional energy sector. The UN

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Doctors, lawyers want B.C. to track injuries after record heat wave

August 3, 2021 Camille Bains - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Two groups focused on environmental issues are calling on the British Columbia government to come up with a plan to track “heat dome injuries” following record-setting temperatures that are also linked with 570 deaths in the province over