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.

ICBC encourages drivers to plan ahead to stay safe this Easter long weekend

ICBC encourages drivers to plan ahead to stay safe this Easter long weekend

April 11, 2017

After months of tough winter driving conditions, many British Columbians are likely making their first road trip of the year this Easter weekend. Every Easter long weekend, an average of four people are killed and 650 injured in 2,300 crashes in B.C.*

Even though winter is over, road conditions can still be challenging at this time of the year with increased long weekend traffic volumes and the possibility of rapidly changing weather and even flooded roads. That’s why ICBC is advising drivers to plan ahead and be realistic about travel times.  Allow extra time for possible delays and check drivebc.ca for road and weather conditions before starting your trip.

Here are ICBC’s Easter weekend safe driving tips:

Get some rest: Make sure you’re well rested before heading out on a long drive. Take breaks or switch drivers every two hours to avoid fatigue.

Check your vehicle: If this is your first longer drive of the year, remember to check your engine oil, washer fluid, lights and inspect your vehicle tires, including the spare, to make sure they are in good condition and properly inflated.

Slow down on wet roads: Allow yourself at least twice the normal braking distance on wet or slippery roads. Avoid driving through flooded or washed out roads.

Share the road: Spring brings more cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists on our roads. So it’s important for drivers to be alert and watch for all road users, especially at intersections. Avoid distractions and leave your phone alone.

Watch for wildlife warning signs: Animals may be feeding on plants near the roadside this spring. Slow down and use caution when you see wildlife on or near a highway, so you have time to react if an animal crosses your path.

Regional statistics:*

  • On average, 490 people are injured in 1,500 crashes every year in the Lower Mainland over the Easter long weekend.

  • On average, 62 people are injured in 310 crashes every year in the Southern Interior over the Easter long weekend.

  • On average, 78 people are injured in 310 crashes every year on Vancouver Island over the Easter long weekend.

  • On average, 20 people are injured in 130 crashes every year in the North Central region over the Easter long weekend.

*Injury and crash numbers are based on ICBC data 2011-2015. Fatality data based on police data 2011-2015. Easter Long Weekend is calculated from 18:00 hours the Thursday prior to Good Friday until midnight Easter Monday.

Media contact

Sam Corea
604-982-2480

This year, Family Day in BC is on Monday, February 13, 2015.

This year, Family Day in BC is on Monday, February 13, 2015.

This year, Family Day in BC is on Monday, February 13, 2015.

BC Government is partnering with the BC Recreation and Parks Association to bring family friendly events to communities across BC. There are also lots of independent events taking place all over BC like skiing, festivals and entertainment. You can find events in your area here.

The ILScorp offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 13 as we take some time to enjoy the 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 newsletter, your daily dose of Canadian insurance news returns to your inbox on Wednesday, Feb 15th.

Stay up to date by liking us on Facebook or following @ilstv for insurance news and more on twitter.

*ILScorp’s office will be open on Monday, Feb. 20, which is a statutory holiday in many other provinces.*

Have a great long weekend, everyone!

Valentine’s Day Exposed: 10 Fascinating Facts About Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day Exposed: 10 Fascinating Facts About Feb. 14

Excerpted article was written BY ROBERT KIENER, READER’S DIGEST

Although Valentine’s Day is thought to be named after a Christian saint, there’s nothing remotely religious about this day set aside for love and lovers.

There are references linking Valentine’s Day to courtship in the Middle Ages but it wasn’t until the late 18th century that the British began sending paper Valentine cards to one another. Americans adopted the custom and ran with it, turning February 14th into a mass-marketer’s dream day of chocolate, cards, flowers, and, lest we forget, love. Today Valentine’s Day is popping up in lots of places. Admittedly, in countries where it’s a recent import, it’s mainly celebrated by younger people.

Not Everyone’s a Fan of Valentine’s Day

Plenty of people loathe February 14th, among them single, divorced or just plain depressed folks who suffer from what’s been termed “the Valentine’s Day Blues.” Others are put off by the over-hyped marketing. Elsewhere, it’s been criticized as too western, too Christian or too immoral. Saudi Arabia bans the sale of red roses and other Valentine’s Day items, because it’s a western holiday named after a Christian saint. Malaysian religious authorities arrested more than 100 Muslim couples for celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2011 and Iran banned the printing of Valentine’s Day related materials.

The Origins of Cupid

How did a chunky, naked baby with wings, a bow and an arrow come to symbolize romance? Meet Cupid, off-spring of the Roman god Venus. Named after the Latin word for “desire” (cupido), legend has it that the chubby cherub can cause a victim to fall in love merely by shooting a golden arrow into his or her heart.

Valentine’s Day in France

Paris may be the world’s most romantic city, but the French villages of Saint Valentin and Roquemaure are competing hard. Every year, on the weekend closest to Feb. 14, Saint Valentin offers lovers the chance to marry in a rose-covered garden and pin love notes on the Tree of Vows. Roquemaure’s “lovers’ festival” boasts 19th-century costumes and music.

Valentine’s Day in Japan

Because of a supposed error in early Valentine’s Day candy ads in Japan, women thought they were supposed to give men candy—instead of the other way around. Candy makers dubbed March 14th as a “reply day” called “White Day” and urged men to give chocolates to the women. It worked. The custom caught on. These days, Japanese chocolate companies make 50% of their annual sales over Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day in Thailand

Lovebirds flock to Bangkok’s Bang Rak district, Thailand’s “Village of Love” to be married on Valentine’s Day. They believe the aptly named village will ensure them a long lasting marriage, and they begin lining up outside the Bang Rack district office in the wee hours of the morning.

Valentine’s Day in Italy

Each year the city of Verona receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet on Valentine’s Day. Verona is where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet lived.

Valentine’s Day in Australia

An Australian family planning organization celebrates National Condom Day on February 14, encouraging lovers to “say it with flowers, do it with condoms.”

Valentine’s Day in the USA

One study claims 53% of women in America would dump their boyfriend if they did not get them anything for Valentine’s Day. Another US study found that 38% of men have considered ending a relationship rather than face the task of choosing a “really good” gift for their partner. Pets on the other hand, make out like bandits: Americans spend an estimate $367 million on Valentine’s Day presents for their fur babies.

Valentine’s Day in India

In 2009, members of a Hindu fundamentalist group named The Sri Ram Sene attacked women in a pub in Mangalore, and their leader Pramod Muthalik announced he’d deal harshly with anybody celebrating Valentine’s Day. A group of young women decided to fight back by asking women all over the country to mail the organization pink panties. It got thousands in the mail; more than 3,000 women participated int he campaign. It seems to have worked. Celebrations for the past several years have been quiet.

 

There are no excuses for driving under the influence when there are a multitude of options available in every region of the province:

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