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Jun 14, 2022 15th Annual Marsha Morton Golf Tournament in Support of Cystic Fibrosis

The 15th Annual Marsha Morton Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Pineview Golf Course on Friday, August 19, 2022. This tournament is presented by The Kin Club of Orleans and District and Rhodes & Williams Limited in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The 2020 and 2021 tournaments were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament is named in honour of Marsha Morton, a Canadian Cystic Fibrosis poster child and daughter of Ken & Karen Morton, members of the Kin Club of Orleans and District. Marsha succumbed to CF at the age of 12 in 1988. For more information on how to get involved, please visit the Kin Club of Orleans and District page. 2022 will mark the 15th time for this…

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May 25, 2022 Ontario/Quebec Storm May 2022

updated 05/30/2022 1:00 pm On Saturday, May 21st a serious storm affected much of Ontario and Quebec. This storm has been described as a “derecho”, a powerful kind of windstorm that is long-lasting and far-reaching. With widespread damage and our own power being affected at our office, our phone system was down, but as of 8:00 am May 25th, it is once again functional.  Insurance companies are also doing their best to keep up with the demand but phone lines are certainly backed up due to the number of people sustaining damage.   I am seriously affected ─ my house or business is seriously damaged? If your safety is at risk, immediately call 911! Only if it is safe to do so, do what you…

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May 23, 2022 Ontario Storm- May 2022

Captured: Merivale Plaza, Ottawa, ON. We are aware of the terrible damage caused by the storm across the city and Province.  With wide spread damage and our own power being affected, our phone system is down.  Insurance companies are also doing their best to keep up with the demand but phone lines are certainly backed up due to the number of people sustaining damage.   If you have serious damage to your property, your best course of action at this point is to consult our Claims page for information at https://www.rhodeswilliams.com/claims/ and consulting the “after-hours section” .  Here you will find options for contacting your insurance company directly, or our after hours claims line.  Take pictures of any and all damage and take…

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Mar 11, 2021 The top 5 pandemic-related scams you need to know about

Are we more vulnerable to fraud due to the pandemic? We would argue yes, as fraudsters have become more intrusive and are very skillful at deciding who to target. Criminals have always preyed on those who may be showing signs of perceived weakness. Those experiencing isolation as we enter into year two of the pandemic and others who are spending more time online shopping have not gone unnoticed by scammers. According to Interac, the most commonly-reported scams happen over the phone (27%), via email (23%) and text scams (20%). Yet let’s be clear, these aren’t your everyday scams, fraudsters have gotten more sophisticated and we all need to stay alert. Here is what you need to watch out for 1.

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Jan 27, 2021 Tips for taking care of your mental health through COVID-19 and beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many of us in our day-to-day lives, and it will likely leave a lasting impact after it ends. It’s extremely important to take care of your mental health during this challenging time. Here are some tips that might help: Limit the information you’re taking in about COVID-19. Choose a couple of credible sources of pandemic-related information (like the Government of Canada, the World Health Organization, or your local public health authority) and focus on those. Taking in too much information from sources that might not be credible can cause unnecessary stress and confusion.Experiment with different stress reduction techniques. If you’re feeling particularly anxious, deep breathing and grounding exercises can help. Consider trying one of these methods:Box…

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Dec 1, 2020 Giving Tuesday 2020

The start of the giving season Today is the start of Giving Tuesday, the global day dedicated to generosity and giving of all types. Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday/Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” is a time when charities, businesses and individuals across Canada and in 150 countries join together and rally for their favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday/Cyber Monday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday and unites people to support and champion the causes they believe in. Small Businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, as the places we work, eat, shop, play and…

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Oct 22, 2020 IBAO Recognizes Rhodes & Williams Insurance Broker, Trent Young’s Contributions to the Community

Congratulations to Trent Young, on being named one of the winners of the 2020 IBAO Award of Excellence this year. This was announced at the IBAO Member meeting at the Virtual Brokers Convention. Although this is award is for Trent specifically and the work he has been involved in for Cystic Fibrosis, it is also a thumbs up for Rhodes & Williams as a whole and specifically our fantastic employees who help out, and are pillars in our communities. The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) highlighted broker generosity, selflessness and compassion at their first-ever Virtual Convention with the new Community Leadership Award. Replacing the multiple awards normally given out at the Awards of Excellence gala,…

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Oct 1, 2020 The CERB benefit is over — here’s what you need to know now

Now that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has wound down, Canadians who are still out of work due to COVID-19 and who are still unemployed may be eligible for employment insurance and other federal financial supports to help get them through the next phase of the pandemic. Millions of CERB recipients will transition automatically to employment insurance (EI). Expanded eligibility rules will also mean more people can qualify and the pandemic aid bill before the House of Commons this week — includes three new replacement benefits. Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough has said the changes aim to strike a balance between the need to avoid discouraging people from working and the need to support Canadians who, despite…

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Sep 25, 2020 Get Under an Umbrella – Policy that is

This blog was originally posted in 2009, however the concepts are still applicable today: I have been meaning to write an article / blog about umbrella insurance for quite some time now. Howard Yegendorf beat me to it and did a great job of it. He was kind enough to allow me to use his material and act as a guest blogger for Rhodes & Williams Insurance Brokers. Nightmare Scenario #1 You are driving your car, not paying attention momentarily, and you go through a red light colliding with another vehicle going through the green. The accident is clearly your fault. The other driver suffers catastrophic injuries. He makes a good living and his injuries will prevent him from ever being gainfully employed again. He…

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Jun 9, 2020 5 natural ways to boost your mental health during stressful times

Life today is razor’s-edge tense. If your regular coping methods aren’t measuring up, there are science-backed actions we can add on our own to ease anxiety, depression and stress — all done naturally, no doctor’s note required. Get enough exercise If you had to choose just one thing to do to better your mental and physical health, choose to exercise on a regular basis. Scientists believe exercise increases blood circulation to the brain, especially areas like the amygdala and hippocampus — which both have roles in controlling motivation, mood and response to stress. For one thing, it releases endorphins, the body’s feel-good hormones. You don’t have to do high-intensity exercise to ease stress, according to a study of university students.

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