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How airlines can be exposed to personal injury lawsuits

January 27, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Slips and falls are not just an exposure for property managers and landlords. They are also a concern for aviation insurers. “Generally, aviation insurers are exposed to liability claims from passengers both while they are inside the airplane and also

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Risk management lessons from the governor general’s resignation

January 26, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

If a commercial client has any inklings of a toxic workplace, an independent investigation is one way of managing reputational and liability risk, an expert says. The resignations last week of Governor General Julie Payette and her secretary may have

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Executive Outlook 2021: Garth Pepper, Liberty Mutual Canada

January 25, 2021 by David Gambrill

Garth Pepper, President, Liberty Mutual Canada With so many unknowns, especially this year due to the pandemic, focusing on the basics will be more important than ever. Those basics include having underwriters who are accessible, flexible, service-oriented, solution-oriented, and empowered

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Suspension of licence renewal requirements for drivers 80 and older raises concerns

January 25, 2021 Radha Kohly - THE CANADIAN PRESS

A decision to waive vision tests and other screening typically required to renew driver’s licences for Ontarians aged 80 and older during the pandemic has some in the medical community raising concerns about the risks the move poses to those

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This new type of class-action tort grew from genetically modified corn seed

January 22, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

A proposed class-action lawsuit based on the novel tort of “premature commercialization” is going ahead in Ontario. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Dec. 10 it will not hear an appeal from Syngenta Canada Inc., which is facing a proposed

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CFIB raises estimate of small businesses at risk of closing permanently

January 22, 2021 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – More than 200,000 Canadian businesses could close permanently during the COVID-19 crisis, throwing millions of people out of work as the resurgence of the virus worsens across much of the country, according to new research. The Canadian Federation

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Residents of Old Fort, B.C. suing province, others over slow-moving landslide

January 21, 2021 Amy Smart - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER – Residents of a tiny community in northeastern British Columbia are suing the local and provincial governments over two slow-moving landslides they claim caused their property values to plummet. In a notice of civil claim filed in B.C. Supreme

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How social media can be a cyber attack vector

January 15, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting workers through applications such as LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, McAfee LLC warned in a report released Wednesday. Traditionally, cyber criminals have relied heavily on phishing as a way to target individual employees, McAfee chief

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New Brunswick city rebuilding its IT system after major cyberattack

January 15, 2021 The Canadian Press

Saint John, N.B., is rebuilding its computer network rather than submitting to criminals who launched a cyber attack against the city in November. City manager John Collin updated council Monday on the city’s efforts to rebuild its IT system following

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As workplace infections rise, employers grapple with ‘ambiguous’ mask rules

January 14, 2021 Brett Bundale - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – On the factory floor, masks were optional. Until last month, workers at TEC Business Solutions’s corrugated packaging plant in Mississauga, Ont. underwent a COVID-19 screening, had a temperature check and sanitized their hands – but once inside and

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How COVID-19 vaccine side effects impact liability risk

January 12, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Some people could suffer side effects from a COVID-19 immunization, but the vaccine manufacturers have a number of protections that minimize their liability risk, Canadian lawyers suggest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quoted last week by The Canadian Press as

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Quebec long-term care residents threaten legal action to get second vaccine dose

January 8, 2021 Morgan Lowrie - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – A group of seniors at one of the first long-term care homes in Quebec to receive COVID-19 vaccines have threatened to sue the provincial government if they don’t receive their second doses in the coming days. A formal