SWG ENVIRO - Preparing Your Client for a Surprise Site Pollution Claim

May 2020

In December of last year, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the forest-product company Resolute was liable for damages from a mercury-contaminated waste disposal site near Ontario’s Grassy Narrows First Nation. A pulp-and-paper facility dumped toxic materials from chemical processing into the waste disposal site, which contaminated the nearby river system in the 1960s. And though the property had changed ownership several times over the last six decades, the federal government denied Resolute’s bid for indemnity and held the company liable for covering the costs of maintaining the disposal site. (1)


SWG Secure for Private Investigators

May 2020

By the end of 2019, there were 2,283 licensed private investigators in Ontario, according to stats from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, (1) and over 70,000 working in Canada.


Here’s How SWG PL - E&O Can Protect Collection Agencies

May 2020

Collection agencies are establishments that exist for the sole purpose of collecting overdue payments for claims and remitting these payments to their clients. The agency essentially takes over the responsibility of contacting the debtor to make, or enforce, payment arrangements.


SWG PL - IT Technology

Apr 2020

Since reporting data breaches became mandatory in Canada two years ago, studies have reported an increasing number of incidents, both large corporations and small- and medium-sized businesses year after year.


SWG Property - Rooming Houses Covers More than Just Student Housing

Apr 2020

The face of the rooming house market is changing. In the end of the twentieth century, rooming houses were mostly situated in urban centres. There, they tended to be occupied by low-income tenants who had few housing options due to disability or addiction. Today, rooming and boarding houses are cropping up in suburban areas to accommodate immigrant families and university students. (1) According to Statistics Canada, there were over 1,200 rooming and boarding house businesses in the country in 2019, with an average revenue of more than $326 thousand. (2)


Need Storage Tank Pollution Coverage? SWG Will Consider Any Age and Construction Type

Apr 2020

Since 2008, the Canadian government has introduced new regulations to help reduce the risk of releases of oil and gas products. At the time, 15% of active storage tank systems were more than 20 years old and had no leak detection, corrosion protection, or structure to contain leaks and spills. (1)


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