Toronto students sent home after school smeared with peanut butter

An east Toronto high school has sent hundreds of students home out of concern for their safety after a suspected graduation prank that left the building smeared with cooking oil and peanut butter.

The Toronto Catholic District School Board says about two thirds of the 1,200 students at Senator O’Connor College School were dismissed after the mess was discovered early Wednesday.

Spokesman John Yan says the mix was spread on floors, staircases and door handles, which made part of the school unsafe.

He says cleaning crews are working to remove every trace of the substance to ensure the space is safe for those with peanut allergies, which can be potentially fatal.

Yan says the school is working to find out who is responsible for the incident.

He says it’s not unusual to see students carry out pranks around graduation time but this is one of the few he remembers where it crossed over into vandalism.

“We know that social media in terms of YouTube and Instagram drives a lot of this wanting to top other schools that are maybe doing the same thing,” he said.

“This is one where unfortunately it didn’t exactly go the way those involved thought it would,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate… this is actually something that has become dangerous for staff and students.”

 

The ILScorp offices will be closed Monday, May 22, 2017, to mark the Victoria Day holiday.

The ILScorp offices will be closed Monday, May 22, 2017, to mark the Victoria Day holiday.

Long weekends are an excellent break from the craziness of work. Unfortunately, they can often slip away quite quickly, somehow leaving you with more to do than before the weekend started and no idea of where your time went. So how can you make the most of your long weekend?

First, get your CE done. Does it sound lame? You bet. Will you be glad you did it? Yes. Get online and get to work. You know you’re going to be completely slammed at the end of  May, that’s just how things work.

So a least get a head start this weekend, spend a few hours completing your CE requirements, instead of fruitlessly trying to find time at the end of the month when you’re stressed out. With ILScorp accredited continuing education courses, you have unlimited access anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection. You can complete your CE on the patio, at the beach or wherever the long weekend takes you. True, not many people like looming continuing education deadlines, or studying/working on the weekend, but nearly everyone likes the bragging rights of when they’re DONE. Just focus on how much better things will feel afterwards.

The best part? Completing your CE online with ILScorp is fast and easy. You’ll have time to do all the long weekend fun stuff, and you won’t have to feel guilty or stressed.

ILScorp and ILSTV wish you a productive, safe and fun May long weekend. Your weekly dose of insurance news returns to your inbox on May 24.

Please note our offices will be closed Monday MAY 22.

You can still purchase or renew your ILS CE Subscription online and access your courses anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.

 

ILScorp’s and ILSTV’s Easter Holiday Office Schedule

ILScorp’s and ILSTV’s Easter Holiday Office Schedule

Happy Easter, We’ll be Back on Tuesday!

The ILScorp offices will be closed Good Friday, April. 14, 2017 as we take some time to enjoy the long weekend. We’ll be back Monday 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

ILSTV‘s Easter Holiday Schedule: We are taking April 12 – 18th off to spend some time with family. For subscribers to the ILSTV Insurance Industry Newsletter, your daily dose of Canadian insurance news returns to your inbox on April 19th, 2017.

NEW Insurance Career Opportunity

NEW Insurance Career Opportunity

Looking for a great career?  Earn while you learn!  We have a unique fast-track 7-week training opportunity starting April 17, 2017.

We are looking for candidates from Victoria and the Lower Mainland area of BC.   Hosted by Intact Insurance, you will receive technical, product and sales training for a successful career as a Personal Insurance Broker.  With a good work ethic, by the end of training candidates will have their Insurance Level II designation, and a guaranteed job!

If you are a self-starter who is willing to give 100% to this amazing program, or know of someone who may be interested in applying to be a participant, please forward your cover letter and resume, along with two references, to:

dwalmsley@dlionline.ca

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Note:

This program is only available for people NEW to the insurance industry.  If you are currently working for a general insurance broker, this opportunity is not an option for you at this time

triOS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW INSURANCE SPECIALIST PROGRAM

Press Release:

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 23, 2017

Starting in the spring of 2017, triOS College Business Technology Healthcare will be introducing a new Insurance diploma program and an Insurance Specialist diploma program.

This program is designed to address the huge need for individuals to replace a retiring workforce in the insurance industry, with a sole focus on property and casualty insurance. Graduates of this program will be able to pursue positions at insurance brokers, who play a key role in the communication between the carriers that provide insurance and the public who require it.

“Companies need people who have the specific skills that belong to their industry,” says Frank Gerencser, CEO of triOS Corporation. “The goal of this program is to give students all the insurance specific skills that they need, as well as the workplace expertise that will help them succeed.”

To create this program, triOS looked to industry leaders ILScorp, the largest online insurance training provider for the P&C industry in Canada. Under Ken MacRae, President and CEO of ILScorp, triOS Corporation has licensed their curriculum to embed it within their programs, ensuring that students obtain the highest standard training possible.

“There is a growing need in the insurance brokerage industry for new talent” says Ken MacRae, President and CEO of ILS Learning Corporation. “We are excited to partner with triOS to provide the training necessary for individuals to meet their provincial licensing requirements which enables them to access these exciting insurance career opportunities.”

This program includes a 2-month internship and preparation for the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) examination that will prepare graduates with the real-world experience they need for a career in the insurance industry.

Students interested in the new program are encouraged to contact triOS to schedule a free career training counselling session. International students who have previous education in insurance, and are looking to gain accreditation in Canada, are urged to contact the triOS Admissions Support Centre – International Department for more information on how to apply.

About ILScorp

ILScorp began in 1991 as a professional education company focused on licensing and continuing education services for the Property and Casualty Insurance industry in Canada. This was a natural niche for ILScorp, as our founder and former President Steve Hawrishok authored The Fundamentals of Insurance course for Canada which issued as a Level 1 licensing course in most provinces in Canada.

Putting together the need for licensing and continuing education courses for insurance professionals, with the tremendous cost savings accrued by delivering those courses over the internet, led to the birth of ILScorp.com.

Today ILScorp is the largest online insurance training provider for the P&C industry in Canada offering accredited (through Insurance Councils in each Province) online licensing as well as continuing education courses in all provinces of Canada. ILScorp works with many of the largest insurance companies and brokerages in Canada customizing insurance education programs and is recognized for the quality of its education offerings.

About triOS College

For over 23 years, the mission of triOS College Business Technology Healthcare Inc. has been to help students become job-ready graduates. triOS College is a private career college with 9 campuses across Ontario focused on providing the practical hands-on training needed to be successful in their chosen careers.

triOS College offers a wide variety of programs that are highly relevant in today’s job market within Business, Technology, Healthcare, Law, and Supply Chain.  The program curriculum is extremely comprehensive and is uniquely developed with input from industry leaders to provide the highest quality education.

Canadian-owned and operated, triOS College is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for six years in a row. triOS has been awarded this designation for redefining post-secondary education by listening to students and employer needs to deliver effective results.

For further information please contact:
Samantha Dotson
Communications Specialist
905-814-7212 x1037
samantha.dotson@trios.com

#BullyingAwarenessWeek: How Should Managers Deal With Workplace Bullies?

anti-bullying-courses

If a manager or supervisor is told that one employee is bullying another, they must address the issue. But before company leaders can confront the person responsible, they need to identify that bullying has indeed taken place and confirm the facts. The following is a basic three-step plan of action:

Step 1: Identify what is considered bullying in the workplace. Workplace bullying can be described as repetitive, deliberate verbal, non-verbal and even physical actions directed against a co-worker or subordinate for the sole purpose of dominating and controlling. Such behaviour is damaging and can result in severe psychological or physical harm to the victim.

Step 2: Confirm the facts and develop a plan to confront the bully. Once bullying has been identified, it is the supervisor/manager’s responsibility to confirm the facts, prepare documentation, and develop a plan to confront the bully. Confirming facts will help you understand the extent of damage that may have been done to the victim. If there are enough facts to confront the bully, prepare a plan.
Consult any appropriate partners such as human resources personnel and determine what consequences – anything from written discipline to termination – may be considered. The plan must be sensitive to the needs of the victim, who may need support through an employee assistance program.

Step 3: Schedule a meeting to confront the bully. Determine the time and location of the meeting, as well as who will be involved, and prepare a script. In a private space, facilitate the following conversation:

  • Explain the purpose of the meeting. In a clear and assertive tone, explain that the employee has been linked to bullying and that this conversation is to address that. For example: “John, I have asked to meet with you to discuss the following facts … and our position on this matter. Do you understand why you’re here?”
  • Verify with the employee why they are there. This gives the individual time to understand the seriousness of the conversation and allows the leader to evaluate how the employee is going to manage their emotions. If the employee or leader becomes overly emotional, stop the conversation and start again only when everyone is calm.
  • Present the facts and concerns, and outline the consequences. This is to ensure that the employee understands that this is not a negotiation; it’s a reporting of the facts. The ultimate goal is for the employee to accept responsibility for his or her actions. Facts: “John, you were observed … ” (Share the facts, history, evidence and the organization’s position.) Concerns: “John, bullying behaviour is not acceptable in this organization and it will not be tolerated. Do you understand the concern and expectation to stop any behaviours that could be perceived as bullying?” Employee’s response: Give the employee a chance to admit responsibility, ask questions about what they need to do, show remorse, apologize and commit to changing their behaviour. Consequences: Inform the employee how the matter will be dealt with. A union representative may need to be involved.
  • Frame an action plan. Outline the steps the employee must comply with to continue their employment. “John, the first step is to stop bullying X immediately. You will be expected to …” Leave nothing to assumption. Get the employee to agree to those expectations.
  • Review the plan. Review the expected behaviour, how the plan will be monitored, any disciplinary action, the impact on the employee’s record, future consequences if there is a relapse, and the frequency of follow-up. A written plan may help the employee follow the guidelines.

Effective leaders must embrace the challenge of making sure their workplace is free of bullying. ILScorp offers additional resources to help both employers and employees prevent and manage bullying in the workplace, and ensure compliance with workplace legislation.

Ontario, Manitoba, Québec and Saskatchewan have already introduced legislation against bullying and B.C. recently enacted Bill 14 [Workers Compensation Amendment Act] to address the effects of bullying at work. Become compliant with existing laws. Complete ILScorp’s “Understanding Workplace Bullying & Tools for Safeguarding an Organization from Bullying Behaviour” courses.

This course is included free of charge as part of ILScorp your group subscription. This course is General and Adjuster CE accredited, however ILScorp recommends that all employees receive this training for law compliance.

Excerpted from the Globe and Mail, written by Bill Howatt, the president of Howatt HR Consulting and founder of TalOp, in Kentville, N.S.

Excerpted article from ILScorp’s Blog

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