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How Are Your Auto Insurance Premiums Affected When Your Child Goes Away to School?

How Are Your Auto Insurance Premiums Affected When Your Child Goes Away to School?

September is right around the corner and soon thousands of college and university students will be leaving the nest (and the car) behind. If your child is going away to school and is listed on your auto insurance policy, it’s time to give your auto insurer a call. It’s a call worth making as it could lead to a lower auto insurance rate. Speak to us today about your auto insurance policy! Student discounts help parents save Many auto insurers offer discounts designed to help parents keep a lid on the cost of auto insurance, and there are three discounts in particular that are worth exploring. Student Away from Home Discount If your college-bound student is attending school in another city or province, they won’t be driving your car nearly as much. Their time behind the wheel will be limited…read more →

Just 1 Ransomware Attack Can Cost A Company Thousands!

Just 1 Ransomware Attack Can Cost A Company Thousands!

The incidents of ransomware in Canada are rising at an alarming rate. In 2015, Canadians were affected by 1,600 ransomware attacks a day. By September 2016, the number of attacks nearly doubled, and those are only the known cases. Unfortunately, many incidents still go unreported. Businesses of all sizes have become targets of ransomware, as it can infect not only personal computers, but also entire networks and servers. What is Ransomware? Ransomware is malicious software that infects a computer and denies access to the system or data, and demands a sum of money to restore the information. Presently, the most common forms of ransomware will encrypt data. Victims often receive an onscreen alert stating their files have been encrypted or a similar message, depending on the type of ransomware. The message on the lock screen may even claim to come…read more →

Government Recall & Safety Alerts | Live Well, Work Well – August 2017 Edition

Government Recall & Safety Alerts | Live Well, Work Well – August 2017 Edition

In this month’s Live Well, Work Well newsletter, we show you how to find recent recall and safety alerts issued by the Government of Canada. As well, tips on how to safely use, store and dispose of household chemicals. Get Recall and Safety Alerts to Ensure Your Health and Well-being The Government of Canada provides access to timely information on safety concerns that could impact the health of the general public. Using the Recalls and Safety Alerts database, Canadians have easy access to a comprehensive list of recalls, advisories and safety alerts. This database includes recalls from Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Transport Canada, and it is incredibly useful in protecting you and your loved ones from faulty products. Users can search the database by keyword or category. The database is segmented by consumer products, vehicles, food…read more →

5 Green Cleaning Tips for Your Home and Cottage

5 Green Cleaning Tips for Your Home and Cottage

Day-to-day tasks like running the dishwasher and doing laundry have an impact on our environment, and many of the cleaning products we use in our homes (like bathroom cleaners, window sprays, and air fresheners) can be harmful to humans, animals, and our ecosystem. When it comes to getting your home or cottage squeaky clean, consider these five tips to help keep your family safe, reduce your ecological footprint, and even lower your energy bill: Go au naturel. Ditch the chemicals (e.g., ammonia and phosphates) and opt for environmentally friendly cleaning products instead. While they may cost a little more, you can purchase chemical-free “green” cleaners in most stores that sell cleaning products. Or, you could use common pantry staples like vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and baking soda to clean up without breaking the bank. Keep it cool. Wash your…read more →

Understanding Renters Insurance

Understanding Renters Insurance

Just because your landlord has coverage doesn’t mean that you do, too. In most cases, your landlord’s insurance policy will only cover structural damage to the building itself. If your apartment were to go up in flames, your landlord’s policy would not reimburse you for your lost possessions. Speak to us today about what’s included in your renters insurance policy! Property protection Renters insurance protects your possessions in case of a covered loss from fire, smoke, lightning, vandalism and theft. It also extends beyond theft or other hazards that occur in your unit, covering property that is stolen from your car, or is lost or damaged anywhere you happen to be. Coverage options There are two personal property coverage options to choose from: replacement cost value or actual cash value. Here’s an example to illustrate the difference: The furniture you…read more →

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