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The Aviva contagious disease policy wording at issue in class action BI coverage dispute

July 8, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The question of whether non-essential businesses that closed during the pandemic are entitled to claim insurance – specifically, for cover arising as a direct result of an outbreak of contagious or infectious disease within 25 kilometres that is required by

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Former LawPro CEO nominated to investment industry regulator board

June 25, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Malcolm Heins, a former CEO of Ontario’s professional liability insurer for lawyers, has been nominated to the board of directors of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, IIROC has announced. Heins (pictured below) joined Simcoe & Erie General Insurance

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Why Aviva Canada does not have to defend this sexual abuse lawsuit

June 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Aviva Insurance Company of Canada has won an appeal in a coverage dispute arising from a teenaged kickboxer who is suing her gym after being sexually abused by an employee. The kickboxer was 14 years old on May 1, 2017

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Open roads: Driving “fast and furious” during the pandemic

May 11, 2020 by Adam Malik

Ontario Provincial Police caught two different drivers this past weekend going more than twice the speed limit on highways, part of a growing trend of dangerous driving on the open roads during the pandemic — and insurers are taking notice.

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Aviva loses battle in faulty workmanship exclusion dispute

May 5, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

The application of faulty workmanship exclusions continues to be a subject of disagreement among judges, a Court of Appeal of Alberta ruling from last week shows. The Court of Appeal of Alberta recently found that if a construction contractor causes

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How Aviva is responding to dentists’ COVID-19 claims

April 2, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Aviva Canada is promising guidance to dentists who want to submit claims arising from provincial government orders shutting down non-essential services. Aviva writes TripleGuard, a property and casualty insurance product for dentists provided by CDSPI, originally known as Canadian Dental

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Aviva to start using credit info as auto rating factor in this province

February 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Aviva Insurance Company of Canada and Traders General Insurance Company have permission to use consumers’ credit information as an auto rating factor, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board announced Monday. Insurers are specifically prohibited from using credit information as

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Home warranty provider loses argument that Aviva product is not insurance

December 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers who provide home warranty assuming it is not an insurance product could be mistaken if they try to argue this in court – especially if the warranty is written by a regulated insurer. National Home Warranty Group told the

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Shopping online at work? Why your bosses might care

November 28, 2019 by Adam Malik

There’s a good chance you’ll be tempted to put work aside and look for deals with Black Friday sales online. If you’re using your work device, your employer will likely look the other way. But that doesn’t mean they don’t

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Judges & insurers disagree: Who really rented this truck?

September 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A 2018 Ontario court ruling in favour of Wawanesa, arising from a collision involving a truck rented to deliver furniture, has been overturned on appeal. On Oct. 29, 2010, Hy Kiet Liu was in a vehicle that was rear-ended by

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One reason why there’s little relief in sight for auto rates

August 21, 2019 by Adam Malik

Vehicle technology is designed to reduce crashes – or at least, the severity – but insurance brokers shouldn’t expect to be able to offer their clients any relief when it comes to their premiums. That’s because all the technology going

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The one technology the industry can’t wait to see grow

August 19, 2019 by Adam Malik

There’s one automotive technology that has industry experts excited because it’s playing an increasingly key role in reducing crashes and increasing driver safety: autonomous emergency braking (AEB). But it will take some time before significant results are seen. AEB is