The Scrivens Perspective - Summer 2019

Last Updated:
June 19, 2019
Peter Scrivens
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Summer is finally here! Well, at least on the calendar.

After an enduring Spring season, experts predict Ottawa's summer to be wetter and cooler than 2018.

That's not going to stop us from enjoying our Summer: our office will be closed early on Fridays until Labour Day!

Summer Hours
Monday to Thursday: 8am to 5pm
Friday: 8am to 4pm

Remember, even when our office is closed, our claims assistance remains open. If you experience an emergency and need to speak with someone immediately, please call 1-800-267-3542.

This Spring has been challenging for many residents in the Ottawa area so Karen Spencer gets us caught up on severe weather patterns, their effects on the insurance industry, and what you can do as a property owner to mitigate your loss.

Severe weather can also have its effects on the worksite, so please read up on how you can protect your employees. Also, Ole Jensen explains pollution liability insurance and how it can help protect your business from possible exposures. 

Withdrawing from your RSP for the purchase of your first home may be a great option, but Ken Browness explains how there may be a better option, even after the proposed changes to the Homebuyers Plan.

Due to increasing life spans, deferring your retirement annuities past 71 may be more important than ever. A new investment opportunity has been introduced in the latest budget to defer certain annuities until 85.

I would like to warmly welcome a few new faces around our office:

Garth Beam, Kelcy Joly, and Gwen Stone have all joined our personal insurance team this year as Account Managers. Together, they have over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and are a welcome part of the team.

In our commercial insurance department, I would also like to welcome Brittany Medcalf as our newest Commercial Account Executive. Brittany joins us with over six years of experience.

Finally, we have also welcomed a new Investment Advisor in our Kanata office, Loretta Coker. Welcome aboard!!

From all of us at Scrivens, best wishes for an enjoyable Summer. We'll see you again in the Fall!

-Peter Scrivens