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Your Guide to Backyard Safety [Fires, Decks, BBQs, Pools, & Trampolines]
Your Guide to Backyard Safety [Fires, Decks, BBQs, Pools, & Trampolines]
Brush up on your backyard safety with these tips on fire safety, deck safety, BBQ safety, pool safety, and trampoline safety.
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Your Guide to Commercial Drone Use
Your Guide to Commercial Drone Use
Adding drone operations to any business is risky. Thankfully, there are ways to limit your risk to drone operations, including drone liability insurance. Read our complete guide to commercial drone use.
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Employee Spotlight: Jane Dunlop
Employee Spotlight: Jane Dunlop
As an investment agent with Scrivens for 15 years, Jane has been an important part of our team for a while. Learn more about how she loves getting to know her investment clients and spending time with her family.
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Planning for the Costs of Long-Term Care
Planning for the Costs of Long-Term Care
Planning for the costs of long-term care is important for everyone serious about their financial planning. Learn how long-term care insurance can help you cover the costs of long-term care.
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What You Need to Know About the City of Ottawa's Partnership with Service Line Warranties of Canada
What You Need to Know About the City of Ottawa's Partnership with Service Line Warranties of Canada
The City of Ottawa's partnership with SLWC has raised a lot of questions about water and sewer service lines. Here, we answer the most common questions we've had so far.
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Protecting Your Business Against Online Fraud - Cyber Liability
Protecting Your Business Against Online Fraud - Cyber Liability
Online fraud is becoming one of the most popular forms of fraud among cybercriminals. Learn how to protect yourself and your business from online fraud.
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Employee Spotlight: Gwen Stone
Employee Spotlight: Gwen Stone
Gwen Stone is one of Scrivens' home and auto insurance brokers. She loves to spend her time with her daughter and painting.
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Term Life Insurance and Permanent Life Insurance: A Comparison
Term Life Insurance and Permanent Life Insurance: A Comparison
Term life insurance has a set period of time for coverage, meanwhile, permanent life insurance refers to coverage that never expires. The two main types of permanent life insurance are whole and universal life.
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Insurance For Jewellery and Other Valuable Possessions
Insurance For Jewellery and Other Valuable Possessions
Jewellery insurance and insurance for other valuables are an important step to protecting the important things in your life.
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Employees Are Asking for a Hybrid Work From Home Model
Employees Are Asking for a Hybrid Work From Home Model
Since employees were required to adapt to working from home, they have been requesting to continue this model. Or at least a hybrid work from home model.
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Employee Spotlight: Colleen Szeifried
Employee Spotlight: Colleen Szeifried
Each month we feature an employee from our awesome team. This month's employee spotlight is Colleen Szefried, Commercial Account Manager from our business insurance team.
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Budgeting in Retirement: Balancing your needs and wants [Budgeting Tools]
Budgeting in Retirement: Balancing your needs and wants [Budgeting Tools]
The Covid-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of budgeting in retirement. Ensuring your needs are met and budgeting for your wants will help with a less stressful retirement.
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The Scrivens Perspective – Winter 2021
The Scrivens Perspective – Winter 2021
Peter Scrivens delivers her quarterly perspective. This Winter, he looks forward to the new year as a new beginning and welcomes a new employee to the organization. He also reminds everyone of the mental health resources available.
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Condominium Insurance Coverage Explained
Condominium Insurance Coverage Explained
Getting the best condominium insurance requires condo unit owners to fill the gap in coverage with a condo insurance policy.
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2020 Taxes and RRSPs: What You Need To Know
2020 Taxes and RRSPs: What You Need To Know
Find out the 2020 RRSP contribution deadline, the RRSP contribution limit, and more!
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Avoiding the Penalty Box: Over-Contributing to RRSPs and TFSAs
Avoiding the Penalty Box: Over-Contributing to RRSPs and TFSAs
Over-contributing to your RRSP or TFSA can land you with a minor penalty. Learn how to avoid the CRA penalty box.
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Employee Spotlight: Claude Miron
Employee Spotlight: Claude Miron
Each month we feature one of the employees that make up our awesome team. This month's employee spotlight is Claude Miron from our commercial insurance team.
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Common Types of Social Engineering Attacks
Common Types of Social Engineering Attacks
The ever-increasing threats of social engineering attacks require business owners to educate themselves and their employees on cyber threats. With COVID-19 leading to more and more people working from home, cybersecurity has gained even more importance.
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Understanding Segregated Funds
Understanding Segregated Funds
Segregated funds are similar to mutual funds but with an added benefit of life insurance.
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In a Hot Ottawa Real Estate Market, Keep Cool on Waiving Conditions
In a Hot Ottawa Real Estate Market, Keep Cool on Waiving Conditions
With a hot real estate market in Ottawa, many buyers are waiving all conditions. While this may land you your next home, it could lead to more headaches than it's worth.
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Navigating the Hard Market Insurance Cycle
Navigating the Hard Market Insurance Cycle
A hard insurance market in Ontario leads to higher prices for business insurance. Learn more about how a hard market means in insurance.
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Five Financial Gift Ideas for a Covid Christmas
Five Financial Gift Ideas for a Covid Christmas
We identified five financial gift ideas that are sure to be appreciated (maybe not right away) for many years to come.
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When to Install Winter Tires to Qualify for the Insurance Discount?
When to Install Winter Tires to Qualify for the Insurance Discount?
Are you unsure when winter tires need to be on in Ontario for insurance discounts? It depends on your provider but it's from November 1 to April 1.
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Covid 19 Screening Tool for Workplaces - Requirements for Ontario Businesses
Covid 19 Screening Tool for Workplaces - Requirements for Ontario Businesses
The Ontario government's Ministry of Health provided a screening tool to use on workers and essential visitors upon entering the workplace.
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In Search of Income: Life Annuities & Monthly Income Funds
In Search of Income: Life Annuities & Monthly Income Funds
In times of low investment rates, monthly income funds must be considered with both mutual fund or life annuities.
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The Scrivens Perspective - Fall 2020
The Scrivens Perspective - Fall 2020
Peter Scrivens outlines how COVID-19 has impacted the insurance industry and provides a brief overview of the insurance industry's future.
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Let's Talk Automobile: Car Insurance COVID Rebate
Let's Talk Automobile: Car Insurance COVID Rebate
The temporary car insurance COVID rebate has ended and your rates may have returned to pre-COVID days.
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COVID-19 Cleaning Best Practices
COVID-19 Cleaning Best Practices
Having a cleaning log for your organization is important now more than ever! Consider these COVID-19 cleaning best practices and keeping a log to ensure you do your part to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
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Mutual Fund Portfolios and Panic: Avoiding the Temptation to Sell
Mutual Fund Portfolios and Panic: Avoiding the Temptation to Sell
When times are tough, the temptation for mutual fund portfolios is to sell everything and run to cash. Before you fall to the temptation and sell, consider these points about your mutual funds.
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Home Insurance Implications of Working Remotely
Home Insurance Implications of Working Remotely
With working remotely becoming more and more popular, it's important to learn how it impacts your home insurance.
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