Trump travel ban keeps Iranian Canadian theatre director from work in Halifax

An Iranian-Canadian theatre director who shuttles between L.A. and Halifax for work says he has decided to stay in the United States rather than cross the border under President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Shahin Sayadi says he can’t risk being separated from his family in California as confusion looms about Trump’s executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from entering the country.

Sayadi moved to Los Angeles seven months ago with his wife and two children, but frequently travels back to Halifax to oversee Onelight Theatre, which he founded more than two decades ago.

Sayadi returned from Halifax last Tuesday, January 24, 2017 three days before Trump signed the executive order.

He says he’s unsure when he’ll return to Canada, where he has been a citizen for 30 years, because he’s not sure if he would be allowed back into the U.S. even though he holds a green card that allows him to live and work there.

Trump’s sweeping travel ban originally covered green card holders, but then the White House reversed course and said citizens of those nations who hold permanent U.S. residency can re-enter the country.

The sweeping measure has been stayed by several federal courts leading to inconsistent implementation of the order _ leaving thousands of travellers like Sayadi in limbo.

Sayadi’s wife, Maggie Stewart, is a Canadian immigration lawyer and she says she’s seen an uptick in inquiries since the executive order was signed.


The overall goal is stated as keeping rate increases in line with inflation.

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Canada: Cybersecurity – Ontario’s Next Big Startup Cluster?

Canada: Cybersecurity – Ontario’s Next Big Startup Cluster?

Article by Aird & Berlis LLP

A recent report from Deloitte, commissioned by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), suggests that Southern Ontario is perfectly positioned to become a global hub for cybersecurity startups.

The current market for cybersecurity products is estimated at $106 billion. At the same time, the average Canadian data breach costs over $6 million, and analysts project the aggregate global costs of cybercrime at $2 trillion, with dramatic growth rates. With high enterprise risk but no single company leading the market for enterprise solutions, it’s an attractive sector for a new entrant.

Deloitte’s report argues that Canada, and Ontario in particular, should play a leadership role in the global development of this vertical.

Canada’s financial services sector is large, stable and increasingly interested in collaborating with new technology companies. Canadian banks have set themselves apart from the global class with a reputation for stability earned during the financial crisis. Investing in cybersecurity amplifies and helps protect that reputation. And as our friends at The Spotlight have covered, companies are increasingly becoming aware of the high costs of data theft.

This growing demand may soon be augmented by the actions of financial services regulators, who are increasingly turning their minds to regulatory technology as a means of imposing standards and solutions on the sector. If, for example, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Services follows the EU’s lead and imposes standards for identify authentication and verification on the financial services and FinTech operators, it could be a huge payday for the right Canadian growth company.

In addition to thriving market demand, Ontario boasts world-class talent, R&D and incubation and accelleration facilities. The province is home to leading experts and commentators on cybersecurity, providing thought leadership and boosting traction. There is also significant access to capital from VCs, pension funds and government, allowing growth companies to scale when ready.

Finally, the Deloitte study identifies about 70 SMEs operating across the province in a variety of subject matter domains, with a majority of companies working on data protection, but others focusing on identification and authentication, application security, cloud and mobile security, and threat intelligence. This suggests that there are enough active companies on the ground to provide a healthy environment for competition, collaboration and talent acquisition, but there is still plenty of room for new entrants to gain traction.

In other words, the report suggests that the ingredients are in place for cybersecurity to become Ontario’s next big startup cluster.

On March 8th at the Design Exchange, OCE and TFSA will be co-hosting a “Finance Cybersecurity Partnering Forum,” intended to bring together Ontario’s top financial institutions, fintech and cybersecurity SMEs, and academic institutions. The Forum will discuss Deloitte’s report and feature case studies, talent development and collaboration models, and one-on-one networking. For more information or to register for the Forum, click here.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

Ontario drivers pay too much for auto insurance,” states Irene Bianchi, Executive Vice President of Claims, Aviva Canada.

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The best deals on cars with active safety technology to decrease insurance

The best deals on cars with active safety technology to decrease insurance

Since last year, Ontario residents who chose to equip their vehicles with winter tires automatically qualify for a 2 to 5 percent discount on auto insurance premiums. Advances in vehicle technology – including autonomous braking, advanced airbags, pedestrian detection and lane-keeping assist systems – have even greater potential to dramatically reduce accidents and the cost of insurance.

“As semi-autonomous vehicle technologies become available, we will see insurers trying to get ahead of the curve to shift their insured fleet to these safer vehicles, thereby creating more competitive rates,” says Igal Mayer, CEO of RDA Insurance, which powers insurance rate comparison site “Consumers will need to compare their vehicle purchase even more, right down to trim and options that include active safety technologies.”

In an industry first, Aviva Canada recently began offering a 15 percent discount on auto insurance for drivers of vehicles with autonomous emergency braking, which automatically applies the brakes when vehicle sensors or cameras detect a potential front-end collision.

“Autonomous emergency braking has been proven to help reduce the number of collisions leading to fewer injuries and lower claims costs,” said Steve Cohen, executive director of personal lines at Aviva Canada. “And we want to pass those savings to our customers.”

Our favourite deals this week feature vehicles with notable incentives that also come equipped with active safety technology.


IBC congratulates law enforcement partners on successful auto theft investigation & subsequent arrests

In August 2016, auto theft investigators from Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) partnered with the Toronto Police Service’s Auto Squad, the Waterloo Regional Police Service’s “Break, Enter, and Auto Theft (BEAT)” team, and the Ministry of Transportation’s Branding Unit to launch an investigation into the thefts of several vehicles in Central and Southern Ontario.

“IBC investigators were able to identity several newly-registered vehicles which matched the descriptions of the stolen vehicles,” explained Dan Beacock, Director, Auto Theft, Ontario and Atlantic, IBC. “Through further investigation it was determined that these vehicles were, in fact, one in the same and were registered and being operated with fictitious vehicle identification numbers (VINs).”

To date, nine vehicles having a total value of approximately $279,100.00 have been recovered and positively identified as stolen.

“IBC congratulates our law enforcement partners on this investigation,” added Beacock. “We will continue to be an active partner in fighting auto crime in Ontario and across Canada. Auto theft and vehicle fraud are not victimless crimes – they impact consumers and can drive insurance premiums higher.”

Waterloo Regional Police Service, with the assistance of Stratford Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police, continued the investigation which culminated in the January 12 arrest of two individuals who were charged with several offences related to the possession of stolen vehicles.

Report the crime
To report an insurance crime, call your local police, IBC at 1-877-IBC-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 1‑800-222-TIPS. For more information about auto theft, visit

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_Ontario, and 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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