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Two-day hackathon seeks tech solutions to distracted driving, pedestrian safety

November 2, 2018 by Jason Contant

Developing technology-based solutions to tackle distracted driving, pedestrian safety and house-to-house communication are the goals of an upcoming hackathon hosted by Canada’s second largest insurer and a technology start-up accelerator. Aviva Canada and OneEleven will host the Safer Neighbourhoods Hackathon

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Single-vehicle bus collision injures 16 in British Columbia

November 2, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A bus carrying workers to a sawmill crashed Thursday afternoon north of Prince George, sending 16 people to hospital, three of them in critical condition. BC Emergency Health Services says one person was in serious condition

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The damage caused by this tanker truck crash on Ontario highway

November 1, 2018 Adam Burns and Alanna Rizza - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Two men were killed in a multi-vehicle crash that sparked a massive tanker fire on a major toll highway in the Toronto area on Wednesday, emergency officials said. The crash happened just before 5 p.m. on Highway 407

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Truly driverless cars now allowed in California

October 31, 2018 Michael Liedtke - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO  – The robotic car company created by Google is poised to attempt a major technological leap in California, where its vehicles will hit the roads without a human on hand to take control in emergencies. The regulatory approval

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Why this 1996 auto accident benefits claim has not been resolved

October 31, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

An accident benefits claimant who a designated assessment centre concluded 22 years ago was not disabled still has a chance to claim income replacement benefits, Ontario’s Divisional Court has ruled. Dharam Sidhu was involved in a traffic accident in 1996. He

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Man sues Tesla over crash during autopilot mode

October 30, 2018 Mike Schneider - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Florida man says the autopilot feature of his Tesla vehicle failed to detect a disabled car on a highway, leading to a collision that left him with permanent injuries, according to a negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday.

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Legislation puts sustainability of Ontario auto product at risk: Top 5 insurer

October 29, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The major problems of the Ontario auto insurance product won’t be solved by changing the territorial rating system, a major insurer warns. Two private member’s bills recently tabled at Queen’s Park “have the potential to challenge the sustainability of the

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Winter tire program has kept auto rates in check, insurer reports

October 15, 2018 by Jason Contant

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) is continuing its low-interest Winter Tire Program, which has helped keep provincial auto insurance rates in check, the public insurer said last week. Prior to the introduction of the program four years ago, Manitoba had one

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Appeal court nixes $100K awarded for lost income

October 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A plaintiff who was injured in an auto accident has had her award cut by $100,000 because she is not entitled to compensation for loss of income, the British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled. Yi Gao sued Brian Dietrich

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How Millenials are helping stop distracted driving

October 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

Millenials – the ever-connected, technologically savvy age group – are actually most likely to ask a driver to stop using their mobile device if they are a passenger, a new Travelers Canada survey has found. Distracted driving has been cited

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Over 80 collisions in one day after record Alberta snowstorm

October 3, 2018 Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Streets and sidewalks were a slushy, slippery mess but the sun was shining brightly in Calgary on Wednesday after a record-breaking autumn snowstorm walloped parts of southern Alberta. The city’s director of roads, Troy McLeod, said more than

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A ‘lessee’ is not necessarily the person who paid for the rented vehicle

October 2, 2018 by David Gambrill

A “lessee” under Ontario’s Insurance Act is the person whom the rental company would sue to enforce the rental contract, a court reaffirmed Monday. In Aviva v. Wawanesa, the Ontario Superior Court decided a recent priority dispute between insurers. The