PRESS RELEASE UPDATED: JUN 9, 2020
TORONTO, June 9, 2020 (Newswire.com) – RCU (Responsible Cannabis Use) has partnered with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) to bring cannabis education in the workplace to the forefront. Developed by RCU, CannEd is a cannabis e-learning course that prioritizes safety and responsibility by promoting cannabis education.
Based on a survey conducted by RCU, 80% of employees want to be educated about the policies of cannabis at work. Take this quiz to test your own awareness of cannabis in the workplace.
This announcement comes just months after RCU became a founding member of the Ontario Cannabis Policy Council. This Council was created by the OCC and Fire & Flower in September 2019, and is composed of industry leaders tackling key issues impacting the recreational cannabis industry.
“The OCC represents businesses in a variety of industries who are navigating how to handle cannabis in the workplace, and there is a demand for better education,” says Daniel Safayeni, Co-Chair of the Ontario Cannabis Policy Council and Director of Policy at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “We’re excited to bring CannEd to our membership to help teach businesses how to have informed conversations about safety and impairment in the workplace, underpinned by facts and evidence.”
The partnership between RCU and OCC allows chamber members to access CannEd at an exclusive rate. Visit thercu.org/occ to learn more.
The CannEd course is beneficial to individuals in all industries, whether or not they’re in a safety-sensitive position. “It’s about knowing your rights as an employee and employer. Cannabis is legal and we must prioritize safety while remaining inclusive to those who consume cannabis recreationally or medically,” said Afshin Mousavian, CEO of RCU.
CannEd helps employees by proactively addressing cannabis at work in an inclusive way. Employers that use CannEd can ensure safety while remaining inclusive to those that use cannabis recreationally or medically. CannEd comes with sample workplace impairment policies that employers can use to draft their own policy. “We understand that each organization has unique needs. A combination of our sample policy and the e-learning helps address needs across all industries,” added Mousavian.
CannEd is available to employers across Canada and the U.S. As of June, including courses for the transportation industry, specifically companies governed by the Department of Transportation.
About Ontario Chamber of Commerce
For more than a century, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan, indispensable partner of Ontario business. The OCC’s mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of its network’s diverse 60,000 members.
About RCU (Responsible Cannabis Use)
RCU (Responsible Cannabis Use) is a cannabis education company that brings awareness to cannabis facts, laws, regulations, and research. Through its products: Cann I Know and CannEd, RCU aims to educate all Canadians about responsible cannabis use.
The Ontario Cannabis Policy Council
The Ontario Cannabis Policy Council (OCPC) is comprised of industry leaders and experts whose primary focus is addressing the key issues impacting Ontario’s adult-use cannabis industry. Following the release of the OCC’s report Supporting Ontario’s Budding Cannabis Industry, the Council’s primary focus is advocating for the industry’s growth across the province. The Council is co-chaired by Daniel Safayeni, Director of Policy, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and Trevor Fencott, Chief Executive Officer, Fire & Flower Cannabis Co.
VANCOUVER _ A group of companies and its founders have been fined nearly $37 million by a B.C. Securities Commission panel that says they misled investors, conducted unregistered trading and illegally sold securities.
The panel says it ordered FS Financial Strategies and six other companies in B.C., Alberta and Ontario to pay $32.8 million for “making misrepresentations to hundreds of investors” as well as illegally selling securities and unregistered trading.
It also ordered company founders Aik Guan (Frankie) Lim and Scott Thomas Low to pay $2 million each, and permanently banned them from B.C.’s investment markets.
The former general manager of the companies, Darrell Wayne Wiebe, has been ordered to pay $75,000 and is banned from B.C.’s investment markets for a decade.
The securities commission says in a news release that Lim, Low and the FS Group admitted to raising over $47 million from 389 investors without disclosing that the company wasn’t profitable and was covering its shortfalls by raising more money from investors.
The panel says in its decision that it’s unlikely the FS Group can repay investors, and after the commission issued a temporary order in 2017 against the companies, the Insurance Council of British Columbia suspended or terminated licences to sell insurance for the founders and the companies.
The commission also says Lim and Low sold $29 million in securities in violation of a 2014 legal commitment to the securities commission not to trade or distribute securities until one of its companies had filed the proper documents and refunded investor loans.
“The seriousness of the misconduct was magnified by the significant amount of money and large number of investors involved, and the duration of the misconduct,” the panel says in its ruling.
The commission’s news release says Lim, Low and the FS Group admitted to the misconduct in an agreed statement of facts filed last year. In a separate agreement, it says Wiebe admitted to going along with the conduct.
The agreements led to a hearing in February to determine the sanctions.
Peel Mutual Insurance looks to drive customer centric experience with Hi Marley’s AI-based texting platform built specifically for insurance.
BOSTON, Feb. 18, 2020 /CNW/ — Peel Mutual, one of the largest members of the Ontario Mutuals, is also committed to being the best mutual insurer in Ontario. As a forward-thinking organization that continually looks to innovative, Peel Mutual has launched Hi Marley to continue to deliver an outstanding customer experience built on trust.
Peel Mutual is leveraging Hi Marley to assist in their auto, home and business claims teams. Their aim to be the first insurance carrier offering Hi Marley in Canada is differentiating them by committing dedication to their insureds. They seek to provide a seamless and simple texting solution for their policyholders and offer modern day technology advancements for their claims adjusters.
Irene Bianchi, CEO for Peel Mutual, says, “We are so excited to start the new year off with a better communication commitment to our policyholders. We strive to leverage cutting edge technology in a simple way that today’s customers just expect.”
Dan Heap, VP of Claims, adds, “We are proud to offer not just a texting solution for our insureds, but also a more simple and efficient way for our team to handle claims.”
The Hi Marley platform addresses a significant industry issue of phone tag by connecting carriers and customers through two-way texting. They can communicate and exchange pictures and document, while the insurance-specific AI enables the process. Carriers can start with zero IT effort, delight customers with exceptional service and resolve claims faster. After successful results with US insurers, Hi Marley is now available in Canada.
Mitesh Suchak, COO of Hi Marley, said, “We are thrilled to be working with Peel Mutual and their innovative team. It is very exciting to support them as the first carrier to offer Hi Marley in the Canadian marketplace.”
About Hi Marley, Inc.
Hi Marley is a software provider offering the first AI-enabled conversation platform specifically designed for the insurance industry. Hi Marley enables insurance carriers to easily and quickly communicate with customers and other partners in the insurance ecosystem so they can deliver an optimal customer experience. The platform has flexible APIs and requires zero integration to get started. Learn more at www.himarley.com.
About Peel Mutual Insurance
Peel Mutual has been providing quality insurance products and serving Ontario residents since 1876. As one of the largest members of the Ontario Mutuals, we are owned and directed by our policyholders and represent one of the strongest, most secure financial networks in the world. We offer a complete line of residential, automobile, farm and commercial insurance products tailored to protect you and your family. Learn more at www.peelmutual.com.
SOURCE Hi Marley, Inc.
Ontario auto insurance taking a jump
By Tim Herd | KitchenerToday
Ontario has some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country. The province is second to British Columbia, and now rates are set to climb even higher. Drivers could face up to an 11 per cent increase.
Rob Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer, Deutschmann Law was on the Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS on Thursday.
He said it’s not the same across the board. “1.6 per cent for the most part, but there are a couple of companies that had to have excessively higher rates.”
The increase in rates has started a debate between public and private insurance. BC already has public auto insurance. Deutschmann said Ontario should not follow suit because BC is seeing significant cuts, and has the most expensive auto insurance in the country.
Deutschmann added one of the issues with this increase is that the Insurance Board of Canada (IBC) and the industry have most of the control, and keeps the Ontario government out of the loop.
In Ontario, accidents and death rates are low and benefits continue to get slashed. “Since 2010 we’ve had significant cuts to accident benefits in Ontario,” says Deutschmann. A decade later he says roughly 70-80 per cent of auto accident victims in Ontario only have access to $3,500 in accident benefits.