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Why this 1997 home fire claim is still active in the courts

April 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

An art appraiser who gave evidence in 2007 at a coverage dispute lawsuit against Chubb Insurance Company of Canada is now suing his former client. Bridgette Sagl’s home in Mississauga, Ont. burned down Dec. 16, 1997. Chubb denied her claim,

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 Out of control Saskatchewan wildfire triggers state of emergency, evacuation

April 23, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

BIGGAR, Sask. – Saskatchewan’s fire commissioner is urging people across the province not to have open fires as a wildfire around the town of Biggar sparked a state of emergency and some evacuations. Duane McKay says crews are assessing what

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BMW adds nearly 185,000 vehicles to recall over fire risk

April 18, 2019 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – BMW is adding nearly 185,000 vehicles in the U.S. to a 2017 recall for possible engine fires. Two years ago the company recommended that the vehicles be parked outdoors until problems are fixed. The recall expansion covers a

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This aging infrastructure problem could force residents out of homes

April 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A substantial number of Ontario residents are at risk of becoming temporarily homeless because they live in old high-rise buildings with critical infrastructure that needs to be replaced, a politician told Canadian Underwriter Wednesday. “Across Toronto and across Ontario we

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How insurers can turn their salvage into social purpose

April 17, 2019 by Jason Contant

If your client has filed a claim after experiencing a major event like a flood or fire, it’s likely that contractors have removed salvageable materials that are still usable. For example, in the event of a kitchen flood, contractors may

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Owner of deliberately burned Manitoba store ordered to repay

April 12, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

WINNIPEG – A judge has ruled a fire that destroyed a hardware store in the western Manitoba town of Neepawa more than four years ago was deliberately set. The decision follows a lawsuit filed by the owner of the Home

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B.C. Wildfire Service monitoring grass fire near Pemberton

April 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

PEMBERTON, B.C. – Residents of the Lil’wat First Nation just east of Pemberton, B.C., are closely watching a grass and brush fire that broke out late Tuesday afternoon. The First Nation set up an emergency operations centre and warned residents

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More than 100,000 Quebeckers without power after wind, freezing rain

April 10, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

MONTREAL – Premier Francois Legault says the large majority of the more than 100,000 Quebec homes still without power after Monday’s ice storm will have electricity restored by Wednesday night. Speaking to reporters in Quebec City, Legault thanked Hydro-Quebec crews,

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The liability risk from climate change

April 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Large companies face liability risk if they emit greenhouse gas emissions, and shareholders are asking directors and officers what they are doing about climate-related risks, a speaker suggested at a recent insurance conference in Toronto. Panelists at the Property and

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Does a business have to highlight a waiver of liability to a client?

April 4, 2019 by David Gambrill

A flood in an Alberta community centre flood has once again raised the legal issue of whether a claimant is obligated to read a commercial services contract thoroughly, or whether the defendant is obligated to highlight any waiver of liability

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Why brokers need to check their dec pages

April 4, 2019 by David Gambrill

A Manitoba broker was fined $1,000 fine for not checking to make sure his client’s request for a Single Limit Endorsement was included as part of the client’s home insurance coverage. It wasn’t, as it turns out, and the client

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Over half of Ontario cannabis store openings delayed

April 3, 2019 Shawn Jeffords and Armina Ligaya - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Customers lined up at Ontario’s first brick-and-mortar cannabis stores on Monday, but fewer than half of the province’s government-licensed outlets were ready to open. The Progressive Conservative government had planned to have 25 private stores launch on April 1, but