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GM brings Maven car-sharing startup to Toronto

February 13, 2018 David Paddon - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – General Motors Co. is bringing its Maven car-sharing business to Canada for the first time as part of the Detroit-based company’s broader strategy for navigating through a rapidly changing automotive world. Toronto will be the first city outside

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A new way for brokerages to assign clients to advisors

February 12, 2018 by Jason Contant

An Ontario brokerage has done away with the traditional alphabetized way of assigning clients to brokers. Under the alphabetized approach, sometimes referred to as the “alpha split,” a brokerage divides its clients evenly by the number of account managers it

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Intact sounds alarm on escalating collision repair costs

February 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Escalating collision repair costs have commended the attention of Intact Insurance, as company officials continue to express disappointment with the Toronto-based insurer’s financial results in personal auto. Company officials said they had “unsatisfactory” performance in personal auto, with the chief

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Courts flip-flop on Allstate employment case

February 12, 2018 by David Gambrill

Allstate Insurance Company of Canada was not entitled to change the terms of employment of one of its sales agents during a 24-month “working notice” period, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has ruled, reversing a lower court decision that

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LCBO chooses Shopify to run online cannabis sales

February 12, 2018 The Canadian Press

TORONTO – The Ontario government has inked a deal to use Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province’s sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana. The Ontario Cannabis

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The Latest Opportunity in Cyber Coverage

February 12, 2018 Eduard Goodman, Global Privacy Officer, CyberScout

Canadian businesses will soon be required to report all data breaches. Here’s how you can meet their need for cyber coverage.

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Insurers urged to play a role in rebuilding economies after disasters

February 9, 2018 by David Gambrill

Insurers should be giving more thought to planning how to rebuild economies in the aftermath of a crisis, a reinsurance executive urges. “To my mind, what is often seemingly forgotten is the piece of economic resilience,” says Alex Kaplan, head

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Average Canadian company faces $3.7 million in cyber exposure

February 9, 2018 by Jason Contant

The cost to recover from security breaches in Canada averages $3.7 million in direct and indirect costs per organization, including network down time, employee work days, lost files and compromised information, according to a new survey. Of that amount, the

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Dispute erupts between Quebec and Ottawa over personal cultivation of pot plants

February 9, 2018 The Canadian Press

QUEBEC – Ottawa’s plan to legalize marijuana is causing a rift with Quebec over how many plants are allowed to be grown at home. The federal government’s bill allows Canadians to cultivate up to four pot plants, while Quebec doesn’t

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Why your most engaged employees may be planning an exit strategy

February 8, 2018 by David Gambrill

Engaged employees are typically considered a feather in the cap of any insurance organization, but a new study suggests that employers could lose one out of every five of their most motivated employees because of burnout. “The many positive outcomes

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Mixed responses to bullying in home insurance policies

February 8, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Home insurance can cover parents of alleged bullies who are sued by their victims, but policy wordings vary from insurer to insurer, a lawyer told claims professionals Tuesday. Cyber bullying encompasses many activities, including defamation, promoting hatred against people and

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When drone damage could trigger a home insurance claim

February 8, 2018 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

When consumers fly unmanned aerial vehicles as a hobby, will their home insurance policies cover them for any lawsuits arising from property damage or personal injury caused by the drones? For the most part, aircraft is excluded in the wording