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April 25, 2019

Drive Smart! Please, Not So Close!

Drive Smart this Summer! Cst. Tim Schewe (Ret.) This must have been Following Too Closely Week in British Columbia. I received the story of an incident […]
April 23, 2019

Ontario: Ford is right, auto insurance is broken

The good news is Premier Doug Ford promised major reforms to Ontario’s broken auto insurance system in last week’s budget. The bad news is previous governments […]
April 18, 2019

What the Ontario budget says about auto insurance

Credit scores could soon be used as one factor in determining Ontario auto insurance rates, and the province plans to double coverage for catastrophic impairment, Finance […]
April 10, 2019

Canada’s Changing Climate Report: Extreme Rainfall To Increase

Toronto, ON (Apr. 2, 2019) – The Government of Canada has released its Canada’s Changing Climate report.[1] This first report, part of the government’s Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing […]
April 8, 2019

Little-known ways to save money on your home and car insurance

If you’re worried about theft, you can also check whether your car is on the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s latest list of top 10 stolen vehicles. Save money on your […]
April 3, 2019

Make sure to pack your medical travel insurance

Diane Piacente | The Chronicle Herald Do you purchase medical travel Insurance when you travel or take a chance and hope that nothing will happen? By now […]
March 28, 2019

Over 90 Percent of Ontario Drivers Want Fast & Free Access to Their Driver’s Record & Insurance History

TORONTO, March 14, 2019 /CNW/ – InsuranceHotline.com believes Ontario drivers should have barrier-free access to their driver’s record and insurance history, especially in today’s digital world. Drivers in Ontario currently do not have free […]
March 25, 2019

Should your postal code impact your auto insurance rates? Yes

The best answer to this question is yes AND no. There are many good reasons why where you live should be one factor in setting your […]
March 18, 2019

Woman cuts off own hand with circular saw in brutal insurance scam

A 21-year-old Slovenian woman deliberately cut off her own hand with a circular saw in an effort to cash in on an insurance scam claim, authorities […]
March 14, 2019

IBC: Ottawa’s towing services industry is borderline ‘criminal’

Both the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and local police are calling out Ottawa’s excessively expensive towing services. The call comes after the Ottawa Police Service […]
March 12, 2019

First pot holes and now this? Car insurance rates on the rise

As if the pot holes weren’t enough for Montreal drivers to worry about, car insurance rates are on their way up. The rise comes after several […]
March 7, 2019

Speed camera ahead: Google Maps adds photo radar warnings for drivers

EDMONTON _ Drivers using Google Maps are getting a last-minute warning as they approach some photo radar camera locations. By Colette Derworiz THE CANADIAN PRESS The […]
March 5, 2019

Things That Go Bump in the Parking Lot – Part 2

By Cst. Tim Schewe (Ret.) Asking for people to send me their thoughts at the end of last week’s article resulted in one of the largest responses I’ve ever […]
February 21, 2019

Ontario motorists are peeved as record-level claims drive auto insurance premiums even higher

A new study from J.D. Power shows customer satisfaction at a low when it comes to car insurance The rising frequency of insurance claims and the […]
February 15, 2019

To See, or Not To See – Tinted Windows

One of my preferred enforcement practices was to use an unmarked car and drive in the right hand lane at or just under the speed limit. […]
February 13, 2019

Insurance claim costs are rising because severe weather is making flooding worse

Financial Post Craig Stewart Opinion: IBC fully stands by our insured loss numbers and their attribution to escalating severe weather events driven by climate change. Claim costs […]
February 6, 2019

Slip-and-slide car accidents: When to tell your insurance and how to negotiate

By Erica Alini | Global News It’s slip-and-slide season in Canada. Much of the country is covered in ice and snow and facing negative double-digit temperatures — it’s the […]
January 29, 2019

#DriveSmartBC – The Lowly Licence Plate

Cst. Tim Schewe (Ret.) | Jan 29, 2019 The licence plate has one purpose: to quickly and easily identify the vehicle that it is attached to. This is […]
January 24, 2019

5 Hyundai, Kia models have high fire insurance claim rates

The Associated Press | By Tom Krisher January 22, 2019 DETROIT — An insurance study shows that owners of five Hyundai and Kia cars and SUVs file […]
January 21, 2019

Study finds more than half of food produced in Canada wasted

By Bob Weber THE CANADIAN PRESS More than half the food produced in Canada is wasted and the average kitchen tosses out hundreds of dollars worth […]
January 14, 2019

Ontario wants to hear from consumers about how to lower auto rates

by David Gambrill The Ontario government is inviting drivers and consumers to share their views on how to lower the province’s auto insurance rates, part of […]
January 7, 2019

Canada’s first medical Cannabis Coverage plan and savings calculator launched

BuyWell.com, the first fully integrated Health and Wellness Marketplace in Canada, has introduced BuyWell Care. The new program is the country’s first guaranteed issue Medical Cannabis […]
January 3, 2019

New Year’s Resolution – Be a Safe Driving Advocate in 2019

It is back to work for many people today and while many of us have made resolutions for the New Year, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) encourages everyone […]
December 19, 2018

Nine Insurance Scams from 2018

Source: The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud While much of insurance fraud goes unreported, at least $80 billion in fraudulent claims are made annually in the U.S. […]
December 17, 2018

Gone in 60 seconds: Canada’s Top 10 Stolen Vehicles for 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 […]
December 12, 2018

Have water damage in your home?

Desjardins Group Latest Desjardins survey reveals 1 in 4 Canadians have experienced water damage to their home but only half know what’s covered by their insurance […]
December 10, 2018

Time to increase auto liability coverage: Lawyer

by Greg Meckbach Ontario’s new government should require motorists to buy more liability coverage than is currently mandatory, a lawyer who represents claimants says. “I think […]
December 6, 2018

Avoid costly mistakes with the car buyer’s checklist

By Philip Reed THE ASSOCIATED PRESS In the excitement of buying a new (or used) car it’s easy to forget critical details that wind up costing […]
December 3, 2018

Ontarians Feel They Are Paying Too Much for Insurance

In a recent survey of Ontarians conducted by Leger, 60 percent of respondents indicated that they feel they are paying too much for insurance. Foxquilt, a growing […]
November 29, 2018

GM in for ‘one hell of a fight’ over planned Oshawa plant closure: Union

The union representing workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., is promising “one hell of a fight” after the automaker announced it would […]