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How Are Cranberries Grown and Harvested?

September 14, 2022

How Are Cranberries Grown and Harvested?

In Canada, most commercial cranberry production is in British Columbia and Quebec. A native…

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Back to School Safety Protocols for Students

August 18, 2022

Back to School Safety Protocols for Students

As you get ready for back-to-school for 2022-2023, each province is determining school safet…

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Origins of the Dog Days of Summer

July 25, 2022

Origins of the Dog Days of Summer

We have all heard the expression “the dog days of summer” in reference to the ho…

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

July 21, 2022

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Advanced driver-assistance systems, or ADAS, help improve the safety of cars with different…

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Major Festivals Across Canada This Summer

July 18, 2022

Major Festivals Across Canada This Summer

Make time for some summer fun at these major festivals across Canada this summer. From firew…

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How to Stay Safe in a Thunder and Lightning Storm

July 15, 2022

How to Stay Safe in a Thunder and Lightning Storm

Lightning injures around 180 people a year across Canada and kills two to three. Terri Lang,…

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What You Need to Know About This Year’s Stampede!

July 12, 2022

What You Need to Know About This Year's Stampede!

This year’s Stampede 2022 has beloved favorites and new events. The event, which start…

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What Are Hybrid Cars?

July 5, 2022

What Are Hybrid Cars?

Hybrid cars combine a gasoline engine and an electric motor so that gasoline and electricity…

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Vacant Property and Land Should Have Insurance

June 30, 2022

Vacant Property and Land Should Have Insurance

Even if you do not use your home or your lot of land, they should be insured against propert…

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Insurance for your pet and dog walker

June 29, 2022

Insurance for your pet and dog walker

If your dog or cat had to go to the vet right now for a life-saving treatment and you had to…

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Why You Should Have Travel Insurance

June 28, 2022

Why You Should Have Travel Insurance

Many Canadians are eager to make up for missed vacations after the COVID-19 pandemic kept th…

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The Benefits of Connected Vehicles

June 27, 2022

The Benefits of Connected Vehicles

Think of a connected car like your smartphone, except it’s on wheels. A connected car…

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E-Bikes, E-Scooters, and E-Trikes – Which is Best for You?

June 14, 2022

E-Bikes, E-Scooters, and E-Trikes - Which is Best for You?

E-bikes and e-scooters have been growing in popularity in the past decade and are in demand…

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Canada’s #1 Spot for Hail

June 13, 2022

Canada's #1 Spot for Hail

Southern and Central Alberta take Canada’s No. 1 spot for hail. It’s called Hail…

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Young woman in new apartment holds tablet while looking at puppy

June 2, 2022

Is there a difference between renters and tenants insurance?

Dec. 16, 2018. If you have decided to move out of your parents’ house for the first ti…

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Young woman holds up key to brand new car

May 13, 2022

When should you add an occasional driver to your car insurance policy?

March 21, 2019. Many drivers believe that car insurance stays with them, not with the car, a…

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How to Run and Insure an RV Business

April 28, 2022

How to Run and Insure an RV Business

RVing has always been popular in Canada and the pandemic has increased its appeal. Starting…

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April 26, 2022

What are GICs and how do they work

A GIC (guaranteed investment certificate) is a safe and secure investment with very little r…

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April 26, 2022

The Sunniest and Least Sunny Places in Canada

Sunniest Canadian Cities Canada has beautiful summers that Canadians look forward to after a…

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Toy car sitting on keyboard of laptop

April 5, 2022

Does your car insurance go up if you get a ticket?

April 17, 2019. Getting a traffic ticket is bad enough, and if you’re like many Alber…

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Three vehicles drive down a mountain, forested road

March 1, 2022

How to check your car battery health

March 3, 2019. Testing your battery is something you may not associate with regular car main…

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Children helping family moving into their new home

February 1, 2022

Is home insurance mandatory in Canada?

Feb. 7, 2019. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. No matter…

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November 5, 2021

What is the Impact of Solar Flares?

At 11:35 a.m. EDT, on October 28, 2021, an X1 solar flare launched a coronal mass ejection i…

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November 2, 2021

How to Protect Yourself from Ransomware?

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a significant increase in ransomware attacks…

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October 28, 2021

Travel with confidence - Covid-19 travel Insurance

Whether you're a snowbird ready to flock south for some sunshine, visiting loved ones whom y…

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July 8, 2021

Climate Change Contributing to Wildfires

Extreme temperatures and catastrophic wildfires have been making headlines recently, with Na…

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June 15, 2021

What you need to know about Pride for National Pride Month

Pride Week - What do You Need to Know? Pride Week celebrates and commemorates LGBT2Q+ cultur…

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June 11, 2021

What Factors Impact Home Insurance Costs in Ontario?

There are many different factors that insurers use to determine the cost of home insurance p…

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June 10, 2021

5 Things You Need to Know About Boat Storage in Ontario

Boating is an enjoyable summer activity in Ontario that unfortunately must be put on hold fo…

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June 9, 2021

How Do I Get a Renter's Insurance Quote at Western in Ontario?

Renter’s insurance is important because it protects you and your home from fire, theft…

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June 1, 2021

What insurance should a commercial cleaner have in Ontario?

Cleaning may not seem like a particularly dangerous business, but it does have its risks. Wh…

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May 12, 2021

Who pays for water damage to my condo in Ontario?

When water damage occurs in a condo complex, whose responsibility it is to pay for repairs i…

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May 10, 2021

Do I Need RV Insurance in Ontario?

A trip in your RV is a great way to enjoy the summer and there are many kinds to choose from…

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May 6, 2021

Why you need boat insurance in Ontario

There are many reasons to insure your boat. At Western Financial Group, Canada’s Insur…

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Red car with roof rack drives through snow covered forest

March 20, 2021

Are red cars the most expensive to insure?

Jan. 4, 2019. When choosing a new vehicle, you may have been discouraged from buying a red c…

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March 9, 2021

Why did my car insurance premium go up when I moved to the city?

If you have recently moved from a rural area to a more urban one, you may have noticed that…

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March 9, 2021

Canadians should insure their belongings when moving to a new home

March 9, 2021. Most homeowners understand the importance of making sure their home insurance…

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February 11, 2021

What is the National Flag of Canada Day?

The iconic, instantly recognizable Canadian flag has been around for less than 60 years. The…

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February 11, 2021

Family Day in Canada and around the world

Feb. 11, 2021. Canadians in BC, New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan celebrate F…

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February 11, 2021

8 ways to prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter

Cold weather can cause your pipes to freeze and possibly burst. Water expands when it freeze…

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February 8, 2021

Is life insurance a good Valentine's Day gift?

Feb. 8, 2021. When you think about which romantic gift you should buy for your significant o…

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February 3, 2021

How do I maintain and care for my hot water tank?

Bart Robinson is our Director of Market Relations at Western Financial Group. Your hot water…

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January 28, 2021

Boat insurance for Canadians - Our expert Vera Young details the facts

Vera Young, underwriting manager for specialty risk at Western Financial Group and our divi…

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January 27, 2021

What is Groundhog Day?

The first Groundhog Day took place on February 2, 1887 at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawn…

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January 26, 2021

Why is it important to have personal liability insurance if you ski or snowboard?

Skiing and snowboarding are enjoyable and popular winter sports but come with the risk of in…

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January 14, 2021

Snow removal and your home insurance

Snow is an inevitable part of Canadian winters. It is important to keep your driveway and wa…

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January 12, 2021

What is the difference between an insurance company and an insurance brokerage?

Jan. 12, 2021. It is easy to use terms such as “insurance company,” “insur…

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October 15, 2020

What does off-road vehicle (ORV) insurance cover?

What is off-road vehicle insurance? Off-road vehicle insurance can provide coverage for liab…

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September 29, 2020

How does credit score help my insurance rates?

Let your licensed insurance experts at Western Financial Group — Canada’s Insura…

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September 21, 2020

How to close down your cabin for winter

While you may not want the summer to end, being prepared for it will help you enjoy a worry-…

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