Jan 17, 2019 10 Essential Safety Tips for Snowmobilers

If you snowmobile, that dusting of fresh powder outside may be calling your name — but it’s important to keep safety in mind to avoid any mishaps and make sure you return to the cabin in one piece. Take note of these safety tips and watch the video below to learn your hand signals before you hit the trails. 1. Dress for success. Dress in layers, with well-insulated, wind- and water-proof gear on top and moisture-wicking materials underneath. If you snowmobile often, you may want to purchase a snowmobile suit instead of wearing a regular snow suit. You should also have a well-fitting helmet, gloves, boots, and eye protection (like a visor or goggles). Avoid wearing naturally absorbent fibres like cotton when you snowmobile, as…

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May 1, 2018 Insurance Tips for Newlyweds

  So, you’ve tied the knot and thrown the bouquet, and now you’re ready to make it official…by taking care of your “just married” paperwork, that is. Whether you’ve lived with your new spouse for years or you’ve just moved into your first home together, make sure you’ve checked these to-dos off your list: Insure your new bling. Engagement rings and wedding bands can cost a pretty penny. Did you know that most home insurance policies have a coverage limit for all of your jewelry combined? You might need extra coverage for that new diamond ring. Learn what’s involved in insuring your jewelry and contact your licensed home insurance broker. Let your broker know you’re living with another licensed driver. Even if you each have your own…

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Mar 27, 2018 Spring Driving Tips

It’s that time again ─ Spring is finally here! But is your automobile ready for the warm weather? Your Spring Auto To Do List: 1. Windshield Wipers: Check them for wear and cracks, and replace them if necessary. Remove your winter wipers if applicable and install your summer blades. 2. Windshield Washer Fluid: Always remember to keep extra windshield washer fluid in your vehicle. Spring brings dirt, dust and insects that can obscure your vision. 3. Clean the Interior: It’s easy to use your car or truck as a storage area for all kinds of things (including useless junk and garbage), especially in the cold months when you don’t feel like cleaning your car. Take time to declutter your car; losing the extra weight can significantly increase…

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Feb 17, 2017 The Ottawa Boat Show is Right Around the Corner

Updated: Feb, 15 2018 The Ottawa Boat Show is right around the corner. And like every year, many people are going to go and dream and some lucky individuals are actually going to fulfill those dreams and walk away with a new boat. Whether it is a 16’ fishing boat or a 28’ cruiser, the prospect of a new boat on the water this spring is exciting. For some, this is an upgrade, trading in the existing boat for something newer, faster, bigger and more expensive. For others, this is a first time purchase and a little bit daunting. Whether a first time boat or a replacement, you are going to need to insure this new baby. Here are some things to keep in…

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Jul 28, 2016 10 Things Drivers Should Know About Motorcycles

There are approximately 708,700 motorcyclists are back on Canadian roads since the start of the warmer weather. With the increase in motorcycle traffic, it’s a good reminder for all drivers to share the road with motorcycles, and riders to be reminded to make themselves more visible to others.There are approximately 708,700 motorcyclists are back on Canadian roads since the start of the warmer weather. With the increase in motorcycle traffic, it’s a good reminder for all drivers to share the road with motorcycles, and riders to be reminded to make themselves more visible to others. Here are 10 things drivers should know about motorcycles: Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, drivers of vehicles, not the motorcyclist,…

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Jul 16, 2016 Bicycle Safety Tips

Cycling is a fun and healthy activity that provides you with an inexpensive way to get around and explore. It’s good for the environment and requires no registration, plates, licences or insurance. With the warm weather and start of the summer for many school aged kids, it is important to learn and follow the rules of the road. As a cyclist, you must share the road with cars, pedestrians and other cyclists ─ just like any other vehicle. You must obey all traffic laws and you have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Helmets By law, every cyclist under the age of 18 must wear an approved helmet and the fine for not wearing a helmet is $75. It is strongly recommended…

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Mar 1, 2016 Tips to Save Money and Energy This winter

There were some extremely cold days this year ─ obviously we have to stay warm. Here are a few tips to have your heat running, but keeping your costs down. 1. Prevent drafts Make sure all of your doors have properly installed weather stripping. Silicone around windows, or plastic wrap can be used as a temporary substitute. 2. If you have a chimney, block it or use it Heat rises and will quickly find the quickest way out. Use a properly installed blocker to block the damper or use the fireplace for what it was made for. Make sure it has been properly maintained and cleaned before its being used. A fireplace can heat the room you’re using most while…

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Feb 26, 2016 Spring Thaw

Spring is on the way, protect your home during the thaw! Do you feel the temperature rising? Do you hear the birds chirping? Are you starting to see more sunlight? Don’t be fooled ─ despite it being well below 0 degrees, spring is right around the corner! Here are some tips to help your home once the thaw begins! 1. Make sure that all water is running away from the home and not towards it Shovel trenches or paths that run away from the home Make sure all downspouts and eaves troughs are pointing away from the dwelling Remove ice or snow blockage from the bottom of the downspouts to make sure they are operating properly 2. If you have a basement that does flood,…

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Dec 8, 2015 Tips to Help You Prepare for Winter

updated Nov. 09, 2018 “Winter is Coming” is not only the motto for House Stark of HBO’s medieval fantasy series, Game of Thrones; these three words are enough to send chills down your spine. The winter blues, cold nights, -40 °C days, endless shoveling – living in Canada, winter is inevitable every year. The best thing we can do is prepare, or if you can afford it become a snow bird – but that’s unrealistic for many of us. Since we have to deal with it, here are some great tips to help you prepare for the winter. Tips for the Home De-clutter your gutter A clean, good working gutter is essential to keeping a well maintained home in the…

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