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Truck fire in Nova Scotia turns propane cylinders into projectiles

June 25, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

DEBERT, N.S. – A cleanup is underway in Debert, N.S., after a transport truck carrying over 1,000 propane cylinders caught fire. Nobody was injured in Sunday’s blaze on the Plains Road, which turned a large number of the nine-kilogram cylinders

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How these two auto insurers rate Gender X differently

May 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Pembridge Insurance Company plans to start rating motorists who identify themselves as ‘Gender X’ in Nova Scotia, charging Gender X motorists the same as women, the province’s regulator announced Tuesday. Through its Pembridge unit, Allstate writes home and auto insurance

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Dry conditions in Nova Scotia fuelling three large wildfires

May 27, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Provincial officials in Nova Scotia are warning about the potential for forest fires in dry, humid conditions as firefighters battle three significant wildfires across the province. The fires burning Tuesday follow a weekend blaze near Porters Lake east

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Residents evacuated for forest fire near Halifax allowed to return home

May 25, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

PORTERS LAKE, N.S. – Residents of more than 500 homes that were threatened by a forest fire in an area east of Halifax are being allowed to return now that officials have lifted an evacuation order. Halifax Fire tweeted late

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How Intact changed its approach to minor driving convictions in Nova Scotia

February 19, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

For Intact clients in Nova Scotia, the difference in premiums paid by drivers with a conviction-free discount and those with a minor conviction or two is about to increase. In addition, the company will be removing some automatic emergency braking

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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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Why Sonnet asked for a 50% auto rate increase in Nova Scotia in 2020

January 10, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Online direct writer Sonnet has been under-charging auto clients in Nova Scotia who have fewer than 20 years’ experience or less, but that is about to change. As a result of rate changes approved Thursday, the premium increase will be

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How Intact is changing usage-based auto insurance in one province

October 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Insurance is making some key changes to its usage-based insurance (UBI) product for motorists in Nova Scotia. Essentially, the company is requiring continual monitoring of an insured’s driving behaviour rather than having the same discount apply until the end

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Post-Dorian claims adjustment: has the industry resolved its capacity issues?

September 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than 100,000 Atlantic Canada homes and businesses were still without power three days after Dorian hit Nova Scotia, but the latest hurricane to hit Canada’s east coast should be easier for the industry to handle than the May 4

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Tropical storm to hit Atlantic Canada by Thursday

August 27, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Environment Canada is warning residents of the Maritimes to brace for a tropical storm later this week. Tropical storm Erin is expected to form later today off the Carolinas and then track northeastward toward Nova Scotia, where heavy

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Ground imaging shows large sinkhole chain near Nova Scotia town

August 26, 2019 Keith Doucette - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Preliminary results of an imaging survey near a Nova Scotia town where a sinkhole swallowed part of a park last summer show an extensive belt of hundreds of additional sinkholes stretching for kilometres. Amy Tizzard, a geologist with

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These auto clients will no longer get a break for driving experience

August 21, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

For motorists whose driving experience is in a country other than Canada and the United States, one major insurer’s underwriting rules are about to change in one province. Nova Scotia’s auto insurance regulator recently gave The Personal Insurance Company permission