Dec 14, 2018 Canada’s Top 10 Stolen Vehicles in 2018

  The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released its annual list of Canada’s most frequently stolen vehicles, which is compiled using data from its members across the country. Once again, the Ford F-Series trucks topped the list. These light- and medium-duty trucks are popular with auto thieves across Canada. Henry Tso, Vice-President, Investigative Services, IBC, offers the following insights on the five Ws of auto theft. What is being stolen? Nationally, Ford F350 trucks hold the top five spots. In Ontario, thieves target high-end SUVs and trucks, including Chevrolet’s Tahoe, Silverado and Suburban. In Alberta, once again Ford’s F250s and F350s dominate the list. In Atlantic Canada, the Nissan Maxima is stolen most often, followed by the Chevy Silverado and Jeep Liberty. Where…

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Dec 6, 2018 80% of Canadian Drivers Believe Winter Tires Saved Them from a Potentially Hazardous Driving Situation

Canadian Drivers Believe Winter Tires Saved Them Eighty per cent of winter tire owners believe driving a vehicle equipped with winter tires has saved them from being involved in a potentially hazardous driving situation such as loss of control or a collision, according to a new consumer survey commissioned by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC). “Canadian drivers who have embraced winter tires have spoken and provided this very telling insight,” says Glenn Maidment, President of TRAC. “They confirmed what we already know—that the superior performance of winter tires has a place in Canada, and that their greater grip and significantly shorter stopping distances on all cold-weather road surfaces keep Canadians safer on winter roads.” TRAC’s 2018 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study also…

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Nov 26, 2018 Ottawa Senators November Ticket Giveaway

Ottawa Senators November ticket giveaway We’re giving away a pair of tickets (with parking) to the Ottawa Senators vs. the New York Rangers on Thursday November 29th, 2018 at 7:30 pm. To enter, answer the skill testing question correctly with your name and e-mail for a chance to win tickets in the draw. Contest closes Wednesday, Nov 28th at 4:00 pm and the winner will be contacted by e-mail. Contest is now closed. Good Luck to everyone that entered. Rules/Disclaimer: This promotion is open to those 18 and older in Ottawa, On. Canada. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. By entering the giveaway you agree to allow Rhodes & Williams Ltd. to post you name…

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Nov 16, 2018 Car Insurance Impact of 2018 Ontario Economic Outlook

Yesterday, The Government of Ontario released their Fall Statement – 2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review. This 174 page document obviously covers a lot more than just insurance, but of particular interest to us and our clients is the statements regarding car insurance. One section reads as follows: “Making Auto Insurance More Affordable – The government is committed to lowering auto insurance rates to make life more affordable for the nearly 10 million drivers across the province. The government is working with stakeholders across the auto insurance system to explore options to lower rates in a responsible way, while ensuring that the needs of the people are served.” This is of extreme importance to us, our clients and all drivers…

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Nov 13, 2018 Winter Tire 101

It’s no secret that getting from point A to point B in the middle of a Canadian blizzard can be tough, to say the least. Thankfully, there’s one simple step you can take towards a smoother, safer — and even cheaper — winter drive: installing a set of quality winter tires. Why use winter tires? As the temperature drops, all-season and summer tires can stiffen and start losing their elasticity, which can lead to decreased traction and poor performance. The rubber used in winter tires, on the other hand, is designed to stay flexible even in extremely chilly weather, so you’ll get a better grip on that slippery side street. Are winter tires good for driving on ice and slush? Although they’re often referred…

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Nov 13, 2018 Giving Tuesday

  The opening day of the giving season The term “Black Friday” usually designates the Friday following American Thanksgiving and it’s usually dedicated to shopping in retail stores while “Cyber Monday” indicates the Monday following American Thanksgiving and is dedicated to online shopping. Giving Tuesday on the other hand is a global 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, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday/Cyber Monday, the giving community comes together for Giving Tuesday. Originally created in 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact in…

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Oct 29, 2018 Redblacks Final Regular Season Game Ticket Giveaway

REDBLACKS final 2018 regular season ticket giveaway We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the final Redblacks regular season game of the year. This time it’s the Ottawa Redblacks vs. the Toronto Argonauts on Friday November 2nd, 2018 at 7:30 pm. These tickets also include a pre-game event that gives you a chance to meet players and watch the Redblacks Cheer and Dance Team performance. Enter your name in the draw for a chance to win tickets to see your Ottawa Redblacks face the Toronto Argonauts. Contest closes Thursday, Nov 1st at 2:34 pm and the winner will be contacted by e-mail. The contest is now closed ─ thanks for entering! Rules/Disclaimer: This promotion is open to those 18 and…

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Oct 12, 2018 Redblacks October Ticket Giveaway

New REDBLACKS ticket giveaway We’re giving away tickets to the Redblacks game again. This time it’s the Ottawa Redblacks vs. the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday October 19th, 2018. Fun Fact: With four games remaining in the Canadian Football League’s 2018 regular season, the Ottawa Redblacks (8-6-0, 16 points) lead the Tiger-Cats (7-7-0, 14 points) by two points and can finish no worse than second in the league’s East Division. Both teams have officially clinched a spot in the 106th Grey Cup Playoffs and a home playoff game. Since their sophomore season in 2015, the Redblacks have now made the playoffs four straight years. Enter your name in the draw for a chance to win tickets to see your Ottawa Redblacks face…

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Oct 9, 2018 Emergency Aid for Ottawa-Gatineau Region Tornado Victims

Samaritan’s Purse considers it a privilege to serve alongside emergency responders. “It’s in the top two or three traumatic events that have affected our city [during its 163-year history],” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told news media, in describing the tornadoes that blasted through the region on September 21. More than 40 homes in the community of Dunrobin alone were flattened or destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of people are without power and will remain that way for days, local utilities have warned. We are consulting with Ottawa-area emergency authorities to coordinate our response. The Disaster Relief Unit is outfitted with generators, pumps, hand tools, and safety gear to equip our trained staff who will recruit, train, and deploy caring clean-up volunteers from…

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Sep 14, 2018 Insurance Fraud 101: How to Steer Clear of Staged Car Accidents

Picture this: You’re waiting to pull out of a parking lot, but traffic isn’t letting up. Finally, someone slows down and waves you through, so you look both ways and pull in front of him, waving a quick thank-you. And then, WHAM! The same driver who let you in speeds up and slams into you. When you get out of your car to ask him what happened, he says he didn’t expect you to drive into him…but not to worry, it’s no big deal — this has happened to him before and he knows just what to do. This is just one of several common “accidents” staged by (seemingly innocent) fraudsters hoping to score some quick cash, and they aren’t afraid to drag honest people like you into their…

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