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Important! Space Heater Dangers Seep Into Spring

There was a fire in Edmonton, Alberta in February that caused the death of one man. It was discovered that the fire have started because of a space heater the man was using in his garage. Supplemental heating equipment, such as space heaters, is the leading cause of home fires from December through February, but because the winter weather has lingered so long, space heater fires are still being in Ontario. We just had a blast of cold this week.  If you are using space heaters for more warmth this spring, keep the following tips in mind: • Do not use space heaters...

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Travelling Somewhere? Some Tips…

Spring is one of the most popular times for Canadians to take vacations abroad, and with the dreary winter temperatures sticking around for far too long, many can’t wait to get a jumpstart on their trip. While you may be planning for sun and fun, it’s always a good idea to keep safety in mind—sticky situations can arise anywhere, especially in a place that is unfamiliar. Here are some precautions you should take to keep yourself and your family safe on your upcoming trip: • Be sure to pack clothing that allows you to blend in with the locals. Don’t bring your expensive...

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Do you Have the “Winter Blues”? How to Get Rid of it!

It seems like a never-ending winter. It has been inconvenient, to say the least, but there are other effects of Winter Blues. One of the side effects of these lingering low temperatures is that it’s causing "SAD" to stick around. While some Canadians have been finding themselves more tired than usual, or anxious and crabby, certain individuals can suffer from a more intense type of winter depression—seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Studies show that 2-6 per cent of Canadians will suffer from SAD at some point in their lives, and women are eight times more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder. When...

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The President Keeps a Tool Chest Handy

Michael Paisley keeps a tool chest under his desk.  As president of Toronto-based Paisley-Manor Insurance, he can easily afford to hire trades people whenever repairs need to be made around the office.  Instead, he always tries to rectify any given situation himself.  That’s why people were amazed when he was the voice on the other end of the phone at 3 a.m. when clients were calling about damages caused by a sudden and violent rainstorm.  Paisley said of the phone call, “it’s never a bother to speak to a client, no matter what the circumstance.  Literally and figuratively, that’s why I...

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