In a recent news release, the Ontario government announced it is seeking input from drivers and consumers on how to lower the province’s auto insurance rates in what’s being called the Putting Drivers First consultation.View »
|Ontario Supporting Fire Safety on Farms
Prevention Practices Can Help Reduce the Risk of Barn Fires
Ontario’s Government for the People unveiled valuable resources to help farmers reduce the risk of barn fires this winter, the time when most barn fires occur.
“As a former volunteer firefighter who has witnessed the devastation caused by barn fires, I am always saddened to hear when we face these kinds of losses on our farms,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I highly encourage all farmers to learn more about the resources my ministry provides and to consult with their local fire departments or insurer on farm fire safety planning.”
In One Year and Out the Other—Making 2019’s Resolutions Last
Driving during the holidays is even more dangerous than at other times of the year. Weather and road conditions can be hazardous – think snow, ice, fog and reduced visibility. In addition, there may be more than the usual number of impaired or fatigued drivers on the road as well as drivers who may be stressed by the holidays and thinking of things other than driving.View »
Cold and flu season is upon us, and many Canadians will begin experiencing symptoms like sore throats, runny noses, coughs, fevers or muscle aches. While a trip to the doctor is important and can help you recover quickly, there are a number of supplemental home care strategies that can help you further recuperate.View »
While the medicinal use of marijuana has been permissible in Canada for some time, the Cannabis Act legalizes the drug for recreational use nationwide as of Oct. 17, 2018. Also known as Bill C-45, this federal law is designed to establish a regulatory framework, particularly as it relates to the production, distribution, sale, cultivation and possession of cannabis across Canada.
Cannabis Act Items of Note
The following are some of the major items of note regarding the Cannabis Act:
- Usage and growing limits—Those who are 18 years of age or older will be allowed to buy and grow a limited quantity of marijuana for personal use. Specifically, those of age can possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public, share up to 30 grams of dried marijuana with other adults, and buy cannabis or cannabis oil from a provincially regulated retailer.
- Criminal offences—The Cannabis Act will ticket individuals who exceed possession limits, enforce up to 14 years in jail for an illegal distribution or sale, and impose tough new penalties of up to 14 years in jail for those that give or sell marijuana to minors.
- Provincial involvement—Under the Cannabis Act, the provinces and territories will authorize and oversee the distribution and sale of cannabis, which will be subject to minimum federal requirements. In areas where there is no regulated retail framework, individuals would be able to purchase cannabis online from a federally licensed producer via secure home delivery.
What do Kroger Co., Best Buy Canada, AbeBooks and major U.S. banks and credit card issuers like Barclays Bank and Capital One have in common? All these companies have been victims of a data breach in 2012, totalling millions of stolen records that include personal information such as social insurance numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers.
If your company handles critical assets such as customers’ personal data, intellectual property or proprietary corporate data, you are at risk of a data breach. It doesn’t matter if you are a Fortune 500 company or a small “ma and pa” shop, cyber thieves are always looking for their next score. It is often assumed that smaller businesses can escape attention from cyber crooks, but according to the Symantec SMB Threat Awareness Poll Global Results, 40 per cent of data breaches were at small to mid-sized businesses. No company of any size is completely safe from a data breach.View »