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Vehicle accident plaintiff loses bid to appeal without paper court transcripts

July 25, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

A motor vehicle accident victim wanting to appeal a personal injury lawsuit award without having to pay to get paper court transcripts has lost her bid to appeal using audio court records. Yolando Girao was injured in 2002 in an

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Dozens of forest fires continue in northern Ontario


TORONTO – The mayor of a northern Ontario community says residents have been allowed to return to homes they were forced to leave earlier this week as forest fires burned nearby. But Lorie Hunter, the mayor of Temagami, Ont., says

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Canada’s best province for flood risk management

June 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Five years after Albertans lost billions as a result of record floods, Ontario leads the nation when it comes to keeping properties out of high-risk areas, a catastrophe loss expert contends. “Ontario has been most aggressive at trying to make

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Should accident benefits for minor injuries be optional?

June 5, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Should greater choice in auto insurance for Ontario motorists include the ability of insureds to opt out of benefits for minor injuries? David Marshall, a special advisor to Finance Minister Charles Sousa, has questioned whether accident benefits should cover minor

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Message from the President

May 16, 2018 Monica Kuzyk, President, Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association

How upcoming Ontario election impacts auto insurance

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Court clarifies confusion around “involvement” of unidentified car

December 15, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Ontario’s Court of Appeal has rejected a claim for excess coverage against State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, reconciling a jury’s seemingly contradictory answers to questions about the “involvement” of an unidentified driver. Carlota Montepeque was driving two passengers in her

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Trial lawyers doubt standard treatment plans will help auto insurers

December 15, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Ontario’s call for standard treatment plans in auto accident benefits might well do the opposite of what was intended — increase claims disputes and provide no benefit to insurers, personal injury lawyers say. In his Fair Auto Insurance Plan, released

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Resisting auto accident cash settlements in Ontario could escalate disputes: Lawyer

December 12, 2017 by Greg Meckbach

Ontario auto insurance changes announced last week are “unlikely” to reduce disputes over accident benefits claims, an insurance defence lawyer predicts, but brokers and insurers agree the provincial government is moving in the right direction. Finance Minister Charles Sousa’s Dec.

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Ontario targets auto fraud with new prosecutors’ team

December 5, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Auto insurance fraudsters are the target of a team of new and dedicated prosecutors and investigators announced by the Ontario government Wednesday. The province said it plans to set up in the spring of 2018 what it calls the Serious

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Ontario auto rates up 0.76% in Q2: FSCO

July 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Approved rate increases for auto insurance in Ontario were an average of 0.76% in the second quarter of 2017 for insurers representing slightly more than half the market, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario reported recently. FSCO said that for

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Hazmat spill from truck kills driver, closes Ontario highway 401


A stretch of Highway 401 through eastern Ontario remained closed early Wednesday following weather-related collisions that left one person dead, 28 people injured and officials scrambling to contain a chemical spill. Ontario Provincial Police say there were two collisions on

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Ontario transportation department ‘has done little work’ to address liability for inadequate winter highway maintenance: Auditor General

December 2, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

There has been little movement on a recommendation made in 2015 that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation “consider incorporating contractor liability” if roads are not properly cleared during the winter, the province’s auditor general suggested in her 2016 annual report,