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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

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The hidden cost of Ontario auto accident injuries

December 16, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than half a million Ontarians receive some form of government disability support and an advocate for claimants suggests many of these are caused by motor vehicle accident injuries. “At the end of the day, unpaid claimants don’t just go

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Why thousands of unsafe commercial vehicles remain on Ontario roads

December 6, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than half of Ontario’s commercial vehicle carriers have not been inspected by the province’s transportation ministry in the past two years, and the number of vehicles inspected each year has dropped big-time. These were among the findings in the

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Why ‘salesperson’ will no longer be defined in this insurance law

October 31, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The Ontario government plans to make several changes to the Insurance Act, including the removal of the definition of “salesperson” from the law. Legislation was tabled Monday by Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, the associate minister of small business and red tape

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‘Boilerplate’ reasons for denying auto claims don’t cut it: Court

September 25, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario’s Divisional Court ruled this week against Aviva Canada, which wants to challenge a Licence Appeal Tribunal ruling in favour of an auto accident benefits claimant. The case involves how Aviva denied the claim, which was to check a box

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Ontario auto changes could be ‘slow to implement’

September 12, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario may have a new auto insurance regulator, but don’t expect conditions in that market to improve overnight, A.M. Best Company Inc. suggested in a report released Thursday. “Measures to improve market and competitive conditions will likely be slow to

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Insurers spar after passenger grabs steering wheel, causing accident

August 22, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Should a motorist be liable if a front-seat passenger deliberately grabbed the wheel and took control, causing an accident? Insurers debate this, but judges say a client in this situation should not be liable. In McKay v. Park, released Monday,

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Why urban drivers may actually be better risks than rural drivers

August 2, 2019 by Adam Malik

Drivers in the heavily populated Greater Toronto Area are less likely to have a ticket, a collision or both on their record compared to those in more rural communities in Ontario. The counter-intuitive result came from a recent study by

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How old Ontario auto cat claims affect Intact’s bottom line

July 31, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Canada’s largest P&C insurer has been taken by surprise by the number of old Ontario auto claims in which accident victims are trying to get benefits for catastrophic impairment. Ontario changed its catastrophic impairment definition for accidents occurring on or

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Allstate ponders appeal in $700,000 lawsuit over Brampton auto insurance allegations

July 30, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Allstate officials are considering appealing last week’s Ontario court judgement that rejected the company’s $700,000 counter-suit against a former employee. “Our legal counsel is reviewing the decision and we will decide whether to appeal in the next few weeks,” Angie

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Top court cuts down “apples” approach to tort award reduction

July 11, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Adjusters and insurance defence lawyers who think the “apples-to-apples” approach to deducting future no-fault benefits from tort awards is rotten will likely find relief in a Supreme Court of Canada ruling released Thursday. Canada’s top court announced July 11 it