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Happy Canada Day, We’ll be Back on Tuesday

The ILScorp offices will be closed Monday, July, 3th. as we take some time to enjoy Canada Day Long Weekend. We’ll be back Tuesday morning, ready to take your calls, answer your questions and register you for online insurance programs. You can reach us from 8 a.m. – 5  p.m. Pacific Time.

You can also register for our insurance training programs online, anytime, at ILScorp.com

And for subscribers to the ILSTV insurance industry, ILSTV is taking this coming Summer off to spend some time with family. For subscribers to the ILSTV insurance industry newsletter, your daily, and weekly dose of Canadian insurance news returns to your inbox on Wednesday, Sept 6th.

Have a fun safe Canada Day, everyone!

6 Canadian stereotypes that happen to be true – Canada 150

6 Canadian stereotypes that happen to be true – Canada 150

So in the spirit of Canada’s big 150th birthday, here are some of the most Canadian statistics you’ll ever read – figures that reinforce six Canadian stereotypes that just so happen to be true.

1. We’re all about the maple syrup

Sure Canada is known for a few tasty eats like poutine and Nanaimo bars, but if there’s one Canadians can’t get enough of, it’s maple syrup.

According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canada is the world’s largest exporter of maple syrup products. In 2015, alone, those exports were valued at $360 million.

READ MORE: Everything you ever wanted to know about maple syrup

That same year Canada produced 8,908 gallons of maple syrup – 91 per cent of which was produced in Quebec – across 10,847 maple farms.

I guess you can say we’re experts in the sticky stuff.

2. Hockey fanatics

We love to play it, watch it and talk about it – and when hockey season starts, there’s not much else occupying our time.

To put our love for the game into perspective, Sportsnet reported that nearly three-quarters of Canadians watched at least part of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this NHL season. That’s 26 million viewers.

The most watched game was game seven of the Eastern Conference final between the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins as it pulled in an average of 4.29 million viewers. You can’t blame us, it was a high stakes match.

READ MORE: 4 sports you can thank Canada for creating

But fans didn’t only pile around the television, they showed their support in the stands as well.

According to ESPN, the Montreal Canadiens saw the second-highest attendance from fans in the league with a total of 872,808 people (the Chicago Blackhawks took the top spot by only a modest margin of 19,019 fans in attendance).

The Toronto Maple Leafs rounded out the top five for fan attendance this season with a total of 809,519 people (that’s an average of 19,744 fans per game).

3. Merciless winters

Winters in Canada are no joke.

In fact, the village of Snag in the Yukon holds the lowest temperature ever recorded in Canada and North America. The record temperature was -63°C and it took place on Feb. 3, 1947, The Weather Network says.

The record for the greatest single-day snowfall in Canada, however, goes to Tahtsa Lake, B.C.. The area received 145 centimetres of snow on Feb. 11, 1999, according to The Weather Network.

READ MORE: Where Canadians are travelling to this Canada Day (hint: it’s not Ottawa)

Did you know that the Eureka research weather base on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, which sits on the 80th parallel, is one of the world’s coldest inhabited places? The average annual temperature hovers around -20°C but drops to -40°C in the winter, The Telegraph reports.

But our winters are brutal and can even be deadly. Environment and Climate Change Canada records more than 80 deaths every year attributable to over-exposure to the cold in Canada.

4. Sorry, not sorry

Another thing we’re known for as Canadians is our chronic need to apologize all the time. What’s with that?

Whatever the reason is, it’s helped us gain the title as one of the friendliest countries in the world in a 2016 survey report by InterNations. We didn’t top the list, but we did snag the number 12 spot for being the best country to make friends according to expats.

READ MORE: 5 Canadian words and where they came from

We also regard ourselves as polite people. In a 2014 Ipsos Reid and Historica Canadapoll, 92 per cent of Canadians believe that Canadians are polite people.

We’re not going to be sorry for bragging about that one.

5. Timmies run

If you ever want to experience what true love is like, ask a Canadian about Tim Hortons.

We’re dedicated to our relationship with the franchise. Just how dedicated? According to Tim Hortons, about 15 per cent of Canadians visit one of the 3,500 Tim Hortons locations in Canada every day.

READ MORE: 18 classically Canadian dishes from coast to coast

And did you know that our favourite coffee shop serves more than 2 billion cups of coffee each year? That’s a lot of coffee.

6. An ode to beer

When we’re not drinking coffee, we’re downing some beer.

According to Beer Canada, Canadians per capita consumer of beer in 2015 was 63.34 litres per person – putting Canada as number 25 on the list of the top 25 per capita beer countries in the world.

READ MORE: 18 iconic Canadian ingredients, from maple syrup to whisky

But we don’t just consume any beer. Oh no, we have standards and we stick to Canadian beer. Actually, 85 per cent of all beer consumed in Canada is made here in our home country.

Jimmy Pattison buys Marilyn Monroe’s dress for $6.3M, puts it in small Saskatchewan hometown

Tristin Hopper |

It was a gown so tight that Marilyn Monroe needed to be sewn into it before she sang a scandalously breathy rendition of Happy Birthday to U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

Made famous by Marilyn Monroe in 1962, this sheer, rhinestone-studded dress is now headed to rural Saskatchewan.

And now, the US$4.8 million ($6.3 million) dress is set to stand in the community hall of Luseland, Sask., a town of 600 best known for its large grain terminal and threshing machine graveyard.

“When people first hear about it, like me, you kind of say ‘why?’ … and then the shock hits you,” said longtime Luseland Mayor Len Schlosser.

The exhibition of the gown — which holds the record for the world’s most expensive dress ever purchased at auction — was engineered by B.C. billionaire Jimmy Pattison, who lived briefly in Depression-era Luseland as a child.

The town’s official welcome sign, in fact, reads “Hometown of Jimmy Pattison.”

Pattison announced the dress’s arrival last month, when he was in Saskatoon to announce a $50 million donation to the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan.

“He asked that I be in Saskatoon to meet with him, and that’s when I first learned what it was all about,” Schlosser said.

He added that the town was “very thankful and gracious.”

The dress is being brought to Saskatchewan primarily to promote the expansion of the Pattison-owned grocery chain Save-On-Foods in the province, although Pattison arranged that Luseland be the first venue.

Sold by California’s Julien’s Auctions in November, the gown was purchased by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, which is in turn owned by the Jim Pattison Group.

Pattison consistently ranks as one of Canada’s richest citizens, and has a net worth of $5.7 billion, according to Canadian Business magazine. The Jim Pattison Group is Canada’s second-largest private company with $9.1 billion in annual sales, and has operations ranging from billboards to supermarkets to car lots. One of the company’s more recent purchases was Guinness World Records.

After its stay in Luseland, the Monroe gown will tour Ripley’s-owned museums throughout Canada and the United States.

The gown is famous for being worn by Monroe at a 1962 gala at New York’s City’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 45th birthday of President Kennedy.

The flesh-coloured dress — which was worn without underwear — reportedly elicited gasps from the crowd of 15,000 when Monroe strode onto the stage. She then delivered an extremely sultry birthday greeting to Kennedy.

“I can now retire from politics after having happy birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way,” the president said later in an ironic nod to Monroe’s racy performance.

It was one of Monroe’s last public appearances before her death three months later.

The exhibition of the gown is scheduled for July 10 at Luseland Hall. “An exclusive chance to see the world’s most famous dress,” declares a promotional poster.

With a number of homes in Luseland averaging list prices of between $50,000 and $100,000, the dress equals the value of a large chunk of the community. To stave off any potential gown heists, the dress will arrive with its own security detail.

This is the not the first time that Pattison has purchased a “world’s most expensive” piece of memorabilia and then placed it in a somewhat counterintuitive corner of Western Canada.

In 1985, Pattison purchased a psychedelically painted Rolls Royce once owned by John Lennon for $2.3 million, then making the vehicle the world’s most expensive used car.

After exhibiting the vehicle at Expo 86 in Vancouver, Pattison donated it to the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria. It’s not part of any permanent collection, but the car is wheeled out on special occasions.

Ontario: Soak up the summer with road trips, cycling and sensational sights

Ontario: Soak up the summer with road trips, cycling and sensational sights

Summer is here and CAA South Central Ontario (SCO) is encouraging Ontarians to join the growing group of people exploring Great Lakes waterfront communities.

In collaboration with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust (WRT), CAA SCO has curated a list of ‘must-experience’ ways to explore the Great Lakes this summer. The ideas below highlight hidden gems in Southwest Ontario, as well as safe and fun cycling day trips.

“People are coming from all over the world to experience the Great Lakes and many people are exploring on two wheels as well as four,” said Kaitlynn Furse, public relations manager, CAA SCO. “Exploring the communities that dot the Great Lakes is a great way to celebrate summer and Canada’s 150th birthday. Incorporating cycling into road trip plans is a wonderful opportunity to connect with nature and communities in a new way.”

The cycling routes included in the weekend getaways are portions of what’s included in the now sold out Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA) organized by the WRT that runs from Point Pelee to Rouge National Urban Park August 6 to 12.

Port Dover, Long Point Eco Adventures and Burning Kiln Winery
If you are looking for adventure just a short drive away, consider a weekend trip to Port Dover. Just a two-hour drive from Toronto, Port Dover is a quaint beach town on the shores of Lake Erie.

Port Stanley and John E. Pearce Provincial Park
Located three hours from Toronto, Port Stanley is a small community of just over 2000 people located on Lake Erie. Stay at one of the many B&Bs for the weekend and explore all that this area has to offer.

  • Bring your bikes and ride the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to John E Pearce Provincial Park (25km) where you can enjoy Backus-Page-House Museum, a restored Georgian style home constructed in 1850. On the grounds are a restored barn, honey house, heritage gardens and walking trails.
  • Enjoy the main beach in Port Stanley, the first beach on Lake Erie to receive Blue Flag Distinction.
  • Don’t miss Mackie’s on the beach for family friendly fast food.

Erieau and Rondeau Park
If you are looking for an adventure off the beaten path, head out to Erieau, a unique town in Chatham-Kent found on a peninsula three hours from Toronto.

  • Feel like you’re walking back in time by exploring this small resort town and fishing village with a 50s and 60s vibe.
  • Enjoy high quality craft beer at Bayside Brewing Co., located right in the town and grab a bite at Eau Buoy for some small-town hospitality.
  • Head to Rondeau Provincial Park (24 km) for a day of sandy beaches, hiking and bird watching.

Leamington and Pelee Island
Venture a bit further for a weekend to remember in Leamington and Pelee Island. Located just 3.5 hours from Toronto, spend the night in Leamington before taking the ferry to Pelee Island, the largest island in Lake Erie and the southernmost populated point in Canada.

  • Walk around historic Leamington before enjoying dinner at your pick of delicious Mexican restaurants (we like Salsa Caliente Mexican Grill).
  • Rise early and take the Pelee Island ferry to enjoy historical sites, local shops and beautiful nature hikes.
  • Spend the day exploring the island by bike on a 28km circular route, following close to the Lake Erie shoreline all around the Island.

For those looking to stay closer to home and enjoy fresh air on two wheels, CAA SCO and the WRT recommends the following routes and highlights to explore:

Humber Bay Arch Bridge to Sherbourne Commons
Start at the iconic white Humber Bay Arch Bridge located at the base of South Kingsway. Don’t miss the famous Lion Monument located just to the east, which was commissioned to honour the 1939 visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Stop to refuel at Sunnyside Pavillion, where you will find a full-service restaurant right on the beach, as well as Gus Ryder Pool and several play areas. Spend some time in the newly opened Ontario Place Park and don’t miss the wave deck on Queens Quay before ending at Sherbourne Common.

Rouge National Urban Park to Ajax
Head to the mouth of the Rouge River and travel through Canada’s first National Urban Park. Continue to Pickering and take a moment to rest and enjoy the scenery at Duffins Creek Pedestrian Bridge. Once in Ajax don’t miss Veteran’s Point Garden, dedicated to the role women played in WWII. Ajax GO station is a short 20-minute bike ride from the garden.

Before heading out on two wheels, members can download CAA’s Bike Assist App that uses GPS to navigate cycling routes and provides peace of mind with roadside bike assistance at the click of a button.

With more cyclists commuting and exploring on the roads in the summer months, it is also important to remember the rules of the road:

  • All drivers and cyclists are advised to be predictable, be patient, communicate their intentions with signals, regularly check blind spots, and turn on their lights during dawn, dark and dusk.
  • In Ontario, the one-metre safe passing rule requires a one-metre distance between driver and cyclist to improve safety for both.
  • Drivers and their passengers must be vigilant when exiting vehicles to prevent “dooring”-placing a vehicle in the path of an oncoming cyclist.
  • Although a cyclist physically only occupies a part of the lane at any time, they are permitted, under the Highway Traffic Act, to use the entire lane.

Some quick safety tips include:

  • Cyclists should ride cautiously when approaching intersection as some motorists may be in the act of turning.
  • Cyclists should not pass motorists on the right; but rather wait or pass on left as it is dangerous to be in blind spot of a vehicle already in the act of turning.
  • Motorists turning right should look carefully for cyclists on their right side and in their blind spot.

Click here for more cycling safety tips and videos. Try CAA’s new Bike Quiz and Road Test to put your knowledge to the test before heading out on the road. For more summer ready tips like best day trips, top camping spots and not to be missed sunsets visit: .

About CAA South Central Ontario
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 over 2 million Members.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

Hamilton-Niagara RCMP Make Arrest in Synthetic Identity Fraud

The Hamilton-Niagara Regional Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) – Financial Crime Section have arrested and charged 48 year old Naeem AKHTAR from Markham, Ontario with Fraud and Money Laundering. The value of the fraud is presently estimated at this time to exceed $3 million dollars.

The scheme involved over one hundred false identities used to obtain credit cards and other loans from Canadian financial institutions. Known as a make-up, pump-up, run-up scheme, the suspect created an elaborate network of false identities and shell companies. The fake identities used included false Ontario driver’s licenses or actual Province of Ontario driver’s licenses created using fake foreign passports, fake Social Insurance Cards or false Canadian Permanent Resident cards.  This differed from traditional identity theft in that the personas created did not exist at all, which poses a threat to the Government of Canada’s systems and programs as well the integrity of Canada’s financial institutions.

Credit was created using the fake identities with falsified employment records and paystubs from the shell companies controlled by AKHTAR. The credit was increased by patiently accepting credit increases over the years. The shell companies were used to launder the proceeds of the crime by creating false invoicing for the fraudulent credit cards.

The scheme was further complicated by the use of postal mail forwarding services.  Through this AKHTAR was able to provide dozens of seemingly unrelated and innocuous addresses on credit applications but the mail would actually be redirected to rental mailboxes controlled by him.    AKHTAR is scheduled to appear in court on August 15th, 2017 in Newmarket, Ontario.

This investigation was assisted by proactive work from the anti-money laundering and corporate security units at Canadian Tire Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, The Bank of Montreal, TD Bank, Royal Bank, Scotiabank, and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The RCMP would also like to thank the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) for its collaboration in this investigation.

“The creation and use of synthetic identities by criminals to enrich themselves is a threat to all Canadians and poses a significant risk to Canadian government programs and financial institutions. This investigation is an example of the effective partnership between the RCMP, FINTRAC and Canadian Financial Institutions. The RCMP is committed to working together with our partners to combat this type of fraudulent activity by criminals who only seek to enrich themselves at the expense of Canadians” said Inspector Todd Gilmore, Southwest District Commander.

The investigation is ongoing.

Website: RCMP in Ontario
Twitter: @RCMPONT
Facebook: RCMP.Ontario

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

10 Things You Can’t Say to a Canadian

Excerpted article was written BY DANIEL REID, READERSDIGEST.CA

Canadians have a reputation for being polite and easygoing, but that’s only because you’ve never said any of these 10 things in front of them. Here’s how to make any Canadian turn as red as a maple leaf.

1. Anything in a fake Canadian accent

When was the fake Canadian accent invented? It must have been sometime shortly after the country’s inception in 1867 because it’s really starting to show its rust. As cute and quaint as it might sound, the “Canadian accent” sounds nothing at all like how actual Canadians speak. That’s not to say we don’t have our own unique way of speaking, it’s just that we’re a lot more Wayne Gretzky than Doug Mackenzie.

2. Disparaging comments about hockey

You might think P.K. Subban is a showboat or that the Ottawa Senators will never win a Stanley Cup, and you might be right, but be careful before you utter a disparaging remark about a hockey player or team in Canada. As a general rule, Toronto Maple Leafs insults can fly pretty much anywhere across the country, even in Toronto where fans mostly have a sense of humour. Montreal Canadiens insults, on the other hand, can get you in trouble whether you’re in Beaver Creek,Yukon, or Blackhead, Newfoundland. Habs fans are everywhere and there’s nothing funny about the most storied team in NHL history. So when it comes to insulting the sport of hockey, just don’t do it, unless you really want to see the gloves come off.

3. “Cheese and gravy? Ew.”

No one can deny the magical relationship between french fries and ketchup. However, if you’re ordering fries and you’re asked if you’d like poutine instead, your answer should always be yes. For the uninitiated, poutine is a common Canadian dish that consists of french fries topped with squeaky cheese curds and gravy. If you’re concerned about that expanding gut of yours, many restaurants offer a healthier, vegetarian gravy substitute. Some diehard poutine fans might call mushroom or vegetable gravy sacrilege, but the only real crime is opting for boring old french fries when you can indulge in a Canadian delicacy.

4. “Hey! I’m walking here!”

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Where do you think you are, New York City? In Canada, there’s only one thing you say when someone bumps into you: “Sorry.” The classic apology can mean anything from sincere acknowledgement of a mistake to passive aggressive annoyance. Just be sure you don’t put any stink on the word; as annoyed as you might be, it’s important to say sorry without sounding like you’re trying to start something.

5. The F-word (in Quebec)

The next time you stub your toe in Quebec, you might also want to bite your tongueIt’s not that Quebecers are prudes or dislike foul language, per se, it’s just that they happen to have their own heavenly style of swearing, which involves cursing the sacred items of the Catholic Church. It might seem a bit weird until you let an angry tah-bar-nac (the box where the Eucharist is kept) roll off your tongue. It has to be one of the most satisfying words to utter in a fit of agitation. Other popular swear words include os-tee (the communion wafer) and ka-lees (the cup from which you drink the holy wine). For extra punch, try combining the words into super swears: os-ti tah-bar-nacor ka-lees tah-bar-nac. Whatever you do, keep those F-bombs to yourself.

6. “Canada is the 51st U.S. state.”

Canada is not the same country as the United States. Everyone in Canada knows this, which is why it’s so frustrating when people around the world don’t seem to realize that our home and native land isn’t simply the 51st state of the U.S. Their confusion is somewhat understandable: Canada and the U.S. are such strong allies and many Canadian celebrities hop the border to find success in Hollywood. But if you ever want to get under the skin of a mild-mannered Canuck, ask them if they voted for Trump or Clinton. You’re bound to get some major eye rolls.

7. “Canadian beer sucks.”

It’s not that we can’t take the criticism or that our taste buds are numbed by years of drinking “moose urine,” as the Americans like to call it, it’s simply that we don’t understand why a nation of light beer guzzlers think they have the right to insult beer, whether it be Canadian, German, Polish, English or Japanese. It’s a bit like someone who grew up on cheese-in-a-can screwing up their nose at free-range, organic chèvre. If you don’t know how beer is supposed to taste, please keep your comments to yourself.

8. “A-boot.”

Let’s face it: a-boot jokes have always confused Canadians. It’s true what they say about accents: everyone has one and you can’t always hear your own, but this whole business about Canadians saying a-boot instead of about is just crazy. If anything, we say a-boat or, more accurately, a-beh-out. So, don’t say a-boot unless you want to get kicked by one.

9. “I disagree with your religious beliefs.”

Argue over politics, expound your views on gay marriage, even publicly take a stance on abortion, but never talk about religion. Unless, of course, you’re saying something to the effect of, “I support your right to believe what you believe.” Though the country is more than two-thirds Christian, religion remains an issue Canadians prefer to keep within the walls of their private homes and holy places. A lot of the world’s conflicts are rooted in religion and Canadians are a peace-loving people. It all comes down to the fact that we want to like each other. Maybe the best way to do that is to ignore each other’s differences.

10. “Quebec should separate from Canada.”

The issue of Quebec sovereignty has been a controversial topic in Canada for the last 50 years or so. To put it simply, a good portion of the Quebec population wants the province to separate from Canada, 49.2 per cent voted in favour of separation in a 1995 referendum. As for the rest of the country? Well, they see this as a bit of a snub. Quebec sovereignty deals with a lot of touchy topics from cultural genocide to violent revolution. If you want to give the pot a good ol’ stir, talk about why you think the province should become its own independent nation.

Source: Readers Digest Canada



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