Canada’s largest earthquake drill just 8 days away!

Join hundreds of thousands of British Columbians as they “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during the 2016 Great British Columbia ShakeOut. The BC Earthquake Alliance and Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) are working together to present Canada’s largest earthquake preparedness drill on Thursday, October 20 at 10:20 a.m.

Register today and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to do the same at

“More than 3,000 earthquakes occur in British Columbia each year. Most are too small to be felt, but the risk of one big enough to cause major damage is real,” said Dave Cockle, President of the BC Earthquake Alliance. “Participating in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut is an excellent way for your family or organization to take one small step towards preparing to survive and recover quickly.”

“The Great British Columbia ShakeOut provides us with an opportunity to take another step forward in preparedness, an important pillar in emergency management. It’s an event that will remind us all of the importance of drills so that together, we are all prepared if a major earthquake hits. I encourage all British Columbians to register and take part – and Drop, Cover and Hold On,” said the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness.

“IBC is pleased to be working with Great British Columbia ShakeOut, government officials and British Columbians to create a culture of preparedness,” said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western & Pacific, IBC. “There are a number of steps you can take to make sure you are prepared both physically and financially, and one step is to participate in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut.”

To learn about all the ways to participate in this year’s ShakeOut BC drill, click here. Listen to the ShakeOut BC drill audio broadcast during the event to make it more informative. Click here to download the drill broadcast. For more information about IBC and the 2016 Great British Columbia ShakeOut, visit

Fortis BC, BC Hydro, BCAA, HEMBC and Ivanhoe Cambridge are also sponsors of this year’s event. For a full list of sponsors, organizers and supporters, click here.

Note to Editors:
If you work for a TV or radio station that will be airing the drill during The Great British Columbia ShakeOut, celebrate your station’s commitment to earthquake preparedness by listing its name on the BC ShakeOut website. Just fill out this form.

A media advisory will be issued on October 19th inviting media to attend London Drugs Headquarters for the main media event, presented by Insurance Bureau of Canada, on ShakeOut BC Day October 20th.

About ShakeOut BC
ShakeOut BC earthquake drills help people at home, school and work practise how to be safe during an earthquake and provide an opportunity for everyone to improve their overall preparedness. By participating, you, your family, your co-workers and millions of others will be better prepared to survive and recover quickly following an earthquake. As of today, 52.5 million people worldwide are registered to participate in the October 20th drill, including more than 650,000 British Columbians currently registered to participate.  Last year over 770,000 British Columbians participated.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.

For media releases and more information, visit IBC’s Media Centre at Follow IBC on Twitter @InsuranceBureau and@IBC_West or like us on Facebook. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

SOURCE Insurance Bureau of Canada

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SGI: 74 tickets issued to new drivers not following licence restrictions in June

Press Release:


June’s province-wide traffic safety spotlight saw law enforcement issue 74 tickets to new drivers and new motorcycle riders not following the restrictions outlined on their learner or novice licence, including:

  •   51 tickets for driving as a learner without a supervising driver
  •   21 tickets for failing to comply with a licence endorsement or restriction
  •   1 ticket for exceeding zero tolerance for alcohol or drug use
  •   1 ticket for failing to display the proper learner or novice placards on a motorcycleLaw enforcement throughout the province also issued an additional 5,240* traffic violations to other road users throughout June, including 3,985 speeding/aggressive driving offences, 254 impaired driving-related offences, 302 distracted driving offences (192 of those for cellphone use) and 407 seatbelt/car seat/booster seat violations.STEP resultsPolice from all over the province joined forces in Prince Albert on June 21 and 22 for a two-day Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) event. All traffic safety violations were enforced with a special focus on impaired driving, distracted driving (cellphones), speeding/aggressive driving and seatbelts/child seats. Law enforcement issued 302 tickets during the two-day blitz, including:
  •   91 tickets for speeding/aggressive driving
  •   23 tickets for cellphone use while driving
  •   1 tickets for failing to stop for red light/stop sign
  •   28 tickets related to light vehicle safety
  •   106 tickets related to commercial vehicles
  •   53 other traffic offencesSGI-certified car seat technicians also participated in the STEP event to help ensure and promote child passenger safety. They checked 182 child seats and seatbelts during the check stops and gave away nine car seats and 15 booster seats to encourage child restraint use.With construction season in full swing, motorists are reminded to #SlowDown as police continue to focus on aggressive driving in work zones throughout the month of July.


  • Visit SGI’s website at for more information relating to new drivers and new riders. Follow SGI on Facebook and Twitter for safety tips on how to #TakeCareOutThere.*Includes all traffic safety focus results for June submitted by police as of July 19, 2016.

For more information, contact:

Marie Schultz
Communications Consultant, Media Relations Phone: 306-751-3516
Cell: 306-527-0787

N.B. insurance broker has news for Twitter: ‘We’re not the real Mitch McConnell’

SAINT JOHN, N.B. _ Mitch McConnell is one of the most powerful men in Washington. Mitchell McConnell is an insurance brokerage in New Brunswick. Both are on Twitter, and regular users know what comes next.

“We’ll get tweets with just blathering profanity without even a coherent thought in there,” Chris Bourque, president of Mitchell McConnell Insurance in Saint John, N.B., said Thursday. “They assume we’re the real Mitch McConnell.”

McConnell is a Kentucky Republican who is majority leader in the U.S. Senate. He tweets as “?SenateMajLdr.”

The Saint John McConnell is one of North America’s leading insurance brokers for fish farmers. The firm tweets as ?MitchellMcConne, with its name displayed as Mitchell McConnell.

“It’s the surnames of the two founding brokers in 1927,” Bourque explained.

Unlike the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, which this week good-naturedly complained about the blast of tweets that comes with sharing an acronym with the Republican National Convention, Mitchell McConnell Insurance has had a relatively easy ride.

“Depending on what’s going on in the Senate, we might get two or three a day, or one a week,” said Bourque.

Bourque said he tries to handle the tweets with humour promising one Kentucky woman his firm won’t take her guns away, or suggesting to one apparent GOP critic that the Republican presidential race could be a reality show.

“We make it clear up front: We’re not the real Mitch McConnell.”

Bourque said he had a chance to meet the senator in 2002 while in Kentucky for a conference. The senator was very cordial and amused by the firm’s name, Bourque said.


Don’t let the heat and humidity harm your car

Don’t let the heat and humidity harm your car

Hot temperatures, sticky humidity and long drives can be tough on your car, that’s why CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) recommends regular vehicle maintenance to help handle the harsh summer heat.

Ten tips to help prevent your vehicle from getting scorched:

  • Flush your antifreeze before it becomes acidic and causes damage.
  • Clean the top of your car battery and the connections to prevent discharge.
  • Park in the shade to avoid the sun’s rays and use a sunshade across the dashboard to protect your car’s interior. When the temperature reaches 30° C outside, the inside of your vehicle can feel like 50° C.
  • Avoid the use of acid-base tire cleaners as they can cause rubber to crack.
  • Wash your vehicle regularly to prevent damage from dead bugs, acid rain, tree sap and bird droppings.
  • Replace cracked or torn windshield wipers and stock up on washer fluid to maximize your visibility.
  • Inspect and replace air filters as they may become clogged with dirt, debris and dust.
  • Inflate your tires properly, as heat causes tires to expand and overinflated tires can cause uneven tire wear or even a blowout.
  • Change your engine oil regularly to reduce accelerated wear due to heat.

During the sizzling summer months, your car battery can lose its charge 33 per cent faster than in the frigid winter weather. CAA’s mobile Battery Service responds to approximately 40,000 battery-related calls during July, August and September.

Before your next road trip, visit a CAA Approved Auto Repair Service facility for a thorough vehicle inspection.

For over a hundred years, CAA has been helping Canadians stay mobile, safe and protected. CAA South Central Ontario is one of nine auto clubs across Canada providing roadside assistance, travel, insurance services and member savings for our 2 million members.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

Federal investment will help Manitoba farmers predict the effects of flood and drought on farmland

Federal investment will help Manitoba farmers predict the effects of flood and drought on farmland

News Release:


Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced today an investment of over $1.1 million for the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) to develop a hydrology model of the Assiniboine River Basin that will help predict the effects of flooding, excess moisture and extreme drought on agricultural lands.

Based on the new model, a web-based tool will be developed that farmers can use to gather information on their farmland to help effectively manage moistures levels and mitigate risk associated with drought and flooding.

Information collected will contribute to better risk management strategies for farmers and the agricultural sector and could potentially lead to the development of new and improved insurance products.

Quick facts

  • Recent severe moisture events have impacted producers across the country. Since 2007, governments have been required to respond with AgriRecovery assistance multiple times to water-related disaster events including excess moisture, flooding and drought.
  • This project has been funded under the Growing Forward 2, AgriRisk Initiative, which supports the research and development, as well as the implementation and administration of new risk management tools for use in the agriculture sector.
  • The Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association is a non-profit organization comprised of producers, agri-business and extension leaders who are dedicated to the development and promotion of a sustainable hay, forage and livestock industry.


“Extreme weather events have created many challenges for Prairie farmers in recent years. We’re committed to working together with the agriculture sector to equip farmers with the tools they need to proactively manage business risks such as these.”

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association has engaged in this proposal as we believe grasslands and forage crops are a critical part of the solution for future flood and drought ravaged areas of the Assiniboine River Basin,” says Henry Nelson, MFGA vice chair and project manager of the hydrology model for the Assiniboine River Basin. “The hydrology model will showcase proactive solutions for many stakeholders across the Assiniboine River Basin for flood and drought mitigation.”

Henry Nelson, Vice-Chair of Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association

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Guy Gallant
Director of Communications
The Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

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