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Why urban drivers may actually be better risks than rural drivers

August 2, 2019 by Adam Malik

Drivers in the heavily populated Greater Toronto Area are less likely to have a ticket, a collision or both on their record compared to those in more rural communities in Ontario. The counter-intuitive result came from a recent study by

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Top court cuts down “apples” approach to tort award reduction

July 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Adjusters and insurance defence lawyers who think the “apples-to-apples” approach to deducting future no-fault benefits from tort awards is rotten will likely find relief in a Supreme Court of Canada ruling released Thursday. Canada’s top court announced July 11 it

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What insurers requested of police chiefs

June 24, 2019 by Adam Malik

Insurers are calling on greater collaboration with law enforcement to help fight auto insurance fraud. The cost of auto insurance fraud is overwhelming, and no one industry can tackle it alone, Don Forgeron, president and CEO of the Insurance Bureau

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What cabinet upheaval means for auto reform progress

June 24, 2019 by Adam Malik

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has made drastic changes to his cabinet just months after including auto reforms in its first budget. Taking over as finance minister – and in effect, the auto insurance file – will be Rod Phillips. The

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Making auto reform happen

May 16, 2019 by Adam Malik

Insurance reform is long overdue, says the head of a medical evaluation company. Don Kunkel, president of Ontario-based AssessMed, which operates in eight provinces, says previous efforts to reform auto insurance have produced results that have been less than desired.

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What insurance companies can do to help police

May 15, 2019 by Adam Malik

Ottawa police laid more charges related to a busted a car theft ring that saw 50 vehicles stolen and totalled $2.5 million in value. It’s a case in which the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) played a key role in

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ICBC plants seed for online auto renewals

May 8, 2019 by Adam Malik

A day many British Columbia policyholders have been calling for finally appears to be on the horizon. But it may force some brokers to change how they do business. While hosting an AMA (ask me anything) session on popular social

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Alberta auto cap leading to broker-carrier contract cancellations

January 14, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Alberta’s ceiling on auto rate increases is causing some brokers to lose their contracts with carriers. In Alberta, as a general rule carriers may not hike rates by more than 5% across their book of business. “It has resulted in

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Insurer pushing for new auto fraud laws

December 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A major insurer is calling for new laws prohibiting various forms of auto insurance fraud in Ontario. “As an industry we need a new set of provincial offences that will allow for the efficient and effective prosecution of fraud,” said

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Priority dispute can proceed in mechanic test-drive case

November 15, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s highest court announced Thursday it will not hear a dispute arising from a vehicle repairman who got hurt while test-driving a customer’s car. The dispute is over a provision in Ontario Regulation 283/95 that sets out rules for auto

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Brokers, do your auto insurers cover HST on capped benefits?

November 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers placing Ontario auto coverage should ask insurers whether they are including sales tax when they calculate caps on benefits, a lawyer told Canadian Underwriter Tuesday. Ontario consumers must pay 13% Harmonized Sales Tax on many goods and services. Some

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Legislature defeats bill quashing territorial ratings in Toronto area

November 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

If you have clients living in Brampton or near the intersection of Jane St. and Finch Ave., they will probably continue paying more for auto insurance than if they lived elsewhere in the Greater Toronto Area. A bill proposing to