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The good news and bad news about Ontario auto

September 24, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurance rates were 3.7% lower in the second quarter of 2020, than in the same period in 2019, but were still higher than in the three months ending March 30, 2020, data released Tuesday by LowestRates.ca suggests. “COVID

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Why regulation holds auto insurers back from using advanced modelling

August 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Auto insurers could potentially use artificial intelligence to improve risk segmentation but some of the newer modelling techniques may not be a good fit with the way rates are currently regulated, a data science expert for one insurer suggests. Ontario’s

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New boiler inspection rules coming to Ontario agriculture

July 28, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An exemption from inspection rules for boilers and pressure vessels in Ontario’s agricultural sector is coming to an end. Starting next year, boilers and pressure vessels will have to get a certificate of inspection from the province’s Technical Standards and

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Insurer working on future pandemic coverage for school boards, post-COVID

July 27, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

As the Ontario government prepares its school re-opening plan, the insurer for the majority of the province’s boards is working on a plan to provide pandemic coverage, albeit for future pandemics and not for COVID-19. Within the next six to

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Ontario to introduce commercial eviction ban bill, retroactive to May 1

June 18, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Ontario is introducing legislation today to temporarily ban commercial evictions. The government says it will protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized due to the negative impacts of COVID-19. It would be retroactive

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Environment Canada says tornadoes destroy barns, down trees in southern Ontario

June 11, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

GLENCOE, Ont. – Environment Canada says it’s investigating after two tornadoes were reported near London, Ont., Wednesday night. The weather agency says the first happened at 7:50 p.m. in Glencoe, Ont., while the second happened 40 minutes later in Belmont,

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Why Ontario auto liability coverage should get cheaper

June 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurers may have a hard time raising rates as much as they were before May 15; a major factor could be a controversial change to the dispute resolution process that took effect four years ago. New loss trend

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Why it’s nearly impossible to figure out how profitable Ontario auto is

March 13, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Your Ontario auto clients have probably read media reports claiming they have been “over-paying” for years, but at the same time your markets are probably telling you they either lose money or barely break even on the product. So how

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End of road for vehicle occupant sued for negligent parenting

February 18, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

A defendant in a negligent parenting lawsuit cannot make a liability claim under the auto policy of the vehicle in which he and his daughter were riding as passengers. The Supreme Court of Canada announced Feb. 13 it will not

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Where did that slip and fall liability reform bill land?

January 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Will the Ontario government get around to reforming liability for slips and falls on ice before the winter ends? Bill 118, which passed second reading June 6, is intended to make it easier for clients to defend themselves against lawsuits

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No insurer-based new home warranty system for this province

January 6, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

An insurer-based model for new home warranty was under consideration in Ontario but the current government is maintaining the status quo. “Our government has been looking at the feasibility of a private insurance model for new home warranties and protections

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What Santa delivered to Ontario auto insurers

December 23, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Sugar plums are likely dancing in the heads of at least some Ontario auto underwriters as a result of a series of developments over the past year. When the government released its budget this past April, it included a bunch