I hope all readers had a quiet Xmas, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Presentmas or whatever else you happened to be celebrating. This year, I started out wanting to write the usual overview post, but quickly discovered that the Random Thoughts posts I had been putting out over Continue readingRead more →
In Carneiro v. Durham (Regional Municipality), the Ontario Court of Appeal, in a decision released on December 22nd, 2015, reversed the motion judge’s finding in this “additional insured” case involving winter road maintenance by Miller Maintenance, deciding that the judge…Read more →
In an age where losses from severe weather are driving changes to homeowners’ policies that are not always seen as positive to insureds, it might be time to think about giving homeowners the option of a cheaper insurance product that…Read more →
The Ministry of Finance has posted proposed changes to Insurance Act regulations to provide for the transition the Automobile Insurance Dispute Resolution System from the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) to the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT), and the wind down of disputes filed at FSCO.
Proposed amendments include:
• The last date for submitting applications for mediation, neutral evaluation, or the appointment of an arbitrator to FSCO will be March 31, 2016.
• An application for an appeal to the FSCO Director of Arbitrations will only be accepted where the application for the appointment of an arbitrator was received by March 31, 2016.
• As well, an applications for a variation or revocation to the FSCO Director of Arbitrations will only be accepted where the application for the appointment of an arbitrator was received by March 31, 2016.
• The Office of the Director of Arbitrations will continue to function until all notices of appeal and all applications for variation or revocation have been finally determined.
• Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) provisions that apply to the dispute resolution process at FSCO will continue to apply, as they read on March 31, 2016, to all applications that were received by FSCO before the transition date but are not finally determined before that date. The SABS will also be amended, where necessary, to apply to applications filed at the LAT on or after April 1, 2016.
There have been huge changes in technology for the automobile. Evidence of this is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where car manufacturers including Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Audi dominated last year’s keynote agenda. They boasted their vision of computers as an…Read more →
A November 30, 2015 Law Times article titled “Arbitrator orders rare special award against insurer” reports on an unusual FSCO case between Thomas Waldock and his auto insurer. The case not only highlights the constant risks associated with relying on insurer…Read more →
Our industry widely supports the Insurance Institute’s Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation, and we’re telling Canadians why. Canada’s p&c industry values the designation because it helps insurance professionals serve the public better. Fundamentally, the CIP gives insurance professionals the knowledge…Read more →
Today some topics we have written about before where something new and/or interesting came up. Here goes. On health insurance vs. nutrition advice: I finally got around to reading the study by Credit Suisse Research Institute: “Fat, the new health paradigm”. Although there isn’t much Continue readingRead more →
After the water receded, things settled down and Alberta politicians began the task of looking at how to prevent a repeat of the 2013 floods, one of the policy tools to emerge was use of voluntary buyouts for those located…Read more →
Hard to get back to “normal” blogging after seeing the news from Paris over the weekend, so just short today. Thanks to Jean Jullien (@jean_jullien on Twitter) for putting out the image on the left to the public domain. My thoughts go out to the Continue readingRead more →
My colleagues in the IBM Institute for Business Value have been hard at work over the past few months, analyzing the responses of more than 5,200 interviews with C-Suite executives in 21 industries and more than 70 countries globally on the threats and opportunities facing Continue readingRead more →
When you think about it, it is quite remarkable to see just how many times communities have dodged rather large bullets due to near misses (or, as George Carlin aptly called them, near hits) from natural catastrophes. Every so often we…Read more →
Hundreds of thousands of homes across Canada have sump pump systems, designed to collect water from the weeping tiles and safely eject it away from the foundation. These systems are a major source of property damage claims for Canadian personal…Read more →