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How waivers of liability could be harder to enforce

January 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

The Supreme Court of Canada could make a landmark decision on whether clients facing personal injury lawsuits can enforce waivers in court. In Schnarr v. Blue Mountain Resorts Limited, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled in early 2018 that for

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Beginner’s guide to insuring pot

January 9, 2019 by Jason Contant

After nearly three months of recreational marijuana being legal in Canada, insurers are still trying to wrap their heads around a sector with no track record and lots of uncertainty. For specialist insurer CFC Underwriting, there is still some caution

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The first priority for the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario

January 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Reforming auto insurance is top of mind for Jeff Gatcke, the new president of the Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario. “Our Number 1 priority would be working with insurance companies and the government on changes to the auto insurance product

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Ontario wants to hear from consumers about how to lower auto rates

January 9, 2019 by David Gambrill

The Ontario government is inviting drivers and consumers to share their views on how to lower the province’s auto insurance rates, part of a broader initiative on auto insurance reform. “The previous government’s failed system of stretch goals on auto

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What needs to happen before interest rates rise

January 9, 2019 Andy Blatchford - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada left its trend-setting interest rate unchanged at 1.75 per cent Wednesday as the sharp decline in oil prices temporarily dims its economic outlook for the coming months. Before long, however, the central bank expects

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Why Canadian insurers are reticent to enter the cannabis space

January 8, 2019 by Jason Contant

With signs of a hard insurance market in Canada, it appears that a lot of insurers are still reticent about entering the cannabis space. “When an insurance cycle goes a little bit harder, when insurers are trying to put their

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Jones Brown acquired by large international brokerage

January 8, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Canadian brokerage Jones Brown Inc. has been acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Itasca, Ill.-based Gallagher announced Tuesday. Jones Brown, which places both commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Hamilton. “The

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These two provinces now have storm surge and overland flood coverage

January 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

Homeowners in Quebec now have storm surge coverage available, while homeowners in Manitoba are covered for overland flood damage, The Co-operators said Monday. Storm surge, which includes rising water levels and waves caused by storms, presents a significant flood risk,

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In defence of public insurance

January 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

British Columbia’s public auto insurer is challenging the view that opening up the market to competition will create efficiencies and better accident benefits. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) was responding to comments from the Canadian Federation of Independent

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2019 Executive Outlook | Martin Thompson, RSA Canada

January 4, 2019 Canadian Underwriter

Canadian Underwriter approached Canadian P&C industry executives with two questions: 1) What is the single most important change the industry must make looking forward into 2019? 2) How might this change be brought about? Their answers, featured in our 2019

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2019 Executive Outlook | Rowan Saunders, Economical

January 4, 2019 Canadian Underwriter

Canadian Underwriter approached Canadian P&C industry executives with two questions: 1) What is the single most important change the industry must make looking forward into 2019? 2) How might this change be brought about? Their answers, featured in our 2019

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2019 Executive Outlook | Colm Holmes, Aviva Canada

January 3, 2019 Canadian Underwriter

Canadian Underwriter approached Canadian P&C industry executives with two questions: 1) What is the single most important change the industry must make looking forward into 2019? 2) How might this change be brought about? Their answers, featured in our 2019