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Two winter storms, one $70-million claims bill for insurers

April 9, 2019 by David Gambrill

The busy catastrophe season in Canada thus far is continuing with no signs of slowing down. Two severe weather storms in Ontario this year, one in February and one in March, cost insurers more than $70 million in insured damage,

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Ontario city partly liable in collision that injured four

April 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision means the City of Hamilton is partly liable in a motor vehicle bodily injury lawsuit because there was no painted stop line immediately before an intersection. On June 16, 2007, a vehicle driven

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How Canada’s electric vehicle infrastructure is improving

April 4, 2019 Ian Bickis - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – The electric vehicle road trip is becoming a practical reality as an increasing number of players work to close gaps in Canada’s fast-charger networks and ease fears of getting stranded along the way. New entrants like Petro-Canada and

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CU Total Loss Series: How to reduce auto total loss cycle times by a week

April 3, 2019 by David Gambrill

Meet Jane Doe, a total loss survivor. The front end of her car was demolished when she tried to turn left at a busy intersection. She was hit by a driver who was talking on his cell phone while running

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Major auto coverage change now in effect in this province

April 1, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Auto coverage is changing for British Columbia motorists effective today. Accident benefits coverage from Insurance Corporation of B.C. has more than doubled from $300 per week to $740 a week. That is one of several changes – for claims made

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How to get Canadian policyholders to share their personal information

March 22, 2019 by Jason Contant

Nearly half of Canadian consumers would be willing to share “significant personal information,” such as location data and lifestyle information, with their insurer or bank in exchange for lower pricing on products and services, according to a new report from

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Eight years jail time for truck driver in Broncos bus crash

March 22, 2019 Bill Graveland and Stephanie Taylor - THE CANADIAN PRESS

MELFORT, Sask. _ A truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos crash has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary had pleaded guilty earlier this year to 29 counts of dangerous driving. He stood

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What this study says about replacing windshields for vehicles with driver-assist safety features

March 15, 2019 by David Gambrill

Camera calibration – which is required after replacing windshields on cars that offer advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) – is just as efficient using aftermarket replacement windshields as it is with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) windshields, according to a new

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How your client can save money by detecting plumbing problems

March 13, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian property clients could soon get an insurance discount by installing products from water flow sensing vendor Triple Plus Ltd. Triple Plus recently announced a pilot project in which American clients of Berkshire Hathaway GUARD can get lower property insurance

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Recurring back pain and auto liability: how this court applied the two-year limit

March 12, 2019 by David Gambrill

If an injured cyclist in an auto liability action declares feeling better after treatment, takes a year off work, and then feels debilitating back pain after returning to work three years after the accident, does the two-year statute of limitations

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Insurer reveals distracted driving punishment statistics

March 5, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Saskatchewan police impounded 87 vehicles because the driver was distracted, the province’s auto insurer announced. It is illegal in Saskatchewan to hold, view or manipulate an electronic communication device while driving. There is an immediate roadside vehicle impoundment if the

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Million litres of crude oil released in Manitoba train derailment: TSB

March 1, 2019 Steve Lambert - THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – Investigators say at least one million litres of petroleum crude oil were released when a freight train derailed last month on a ranch in western Manitoba. The update from the Transportation Safety Board on Friday was the first