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Dairy farming, not just about milk you buy in store!

Chad McKell Auteur Lareau - Chad McKell

The side of dairy farming people may or may not know about. Milk production in Canada is a very important industry for our economy. However, it’s not just about milking cows and making cheese. Each time I speak about it people are amazed by how much more there is to dairy farming. There is actually a whole business side to dairy farming. Can anyone guess the value of the highest cow ever bought at an auction? After researching myself, the highest I found was 1.2 million dollars. Why would anyone ever pay 1.2 million dollars for a cow? I can tell you right now it is not just because she gives a lot of milk. I grew up on a dairy farm. Kellcrest Farms ltd., a small family farm just outside of Howick QC.  At the time, I never thought Lire la suite…

The list of most stolen cars

Vanessa Fortin Auteur Lareau - Vanessa Fortin

This summer’s gloomy weather has indeed ruined the vacation of many Quebecers. In fact, the American tourism industry has seen a noticeable increase in the number of Quebecers who have chosen Maine and New Jersey as vacation destinations this summer, and this is despite the low Canadian dollar, the election of Donald Trump and the festivities surrounding the 375th anniversary of Montreal and the 150th anniversary of Canada. Are you part of those vacationers who will be leaving towards American soil? If so, you would be interested in the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) that has just been released. As every year, the NICB compiles a list of the top 10 most stolen cars in the United States. For the record, this list does not change much from one year to the next and the same most stolen cars reappear. Lire la suite…

Phone scams: don’t fall for them!

Vanessa Fortin Auteur Lareau - Vanessa Fortin

Have you been getting phone calls lately from unknown numbers or unusual places? There’s a new, quickly spreading phone scam that’s been very costly for victims. The scam is known as Wangiri, which is Japanese for “ring tone.” If you’ve had a call from 678-559-4636 in Vanuatu, you’ve probably been targeted by scammers. They call and let the phone ring once or twice and hang up. If you’re at all curious about whose call you missed, you may be tempted to dial the number. If you do, you are charged huge rates for every minute you spend on the call. Naturally, the scammer tries by all means to keep you on the line for as long as possible. What to do about this phone scam Above all, don’t call back! If you’ve already done so, immediately contact your telephone service Lire la suite…

Sugar rush in Quebec

Vanessa Fortin Auteur Lareau - Vanessa Fortin

In Quebec, sugaring-off season will begin shortly — a sign that winter will be over soon enough! It’s well-known that springtime every year is characterized by the collection of maple sap, a real goldmine for Quebec. It’s true, maple syrup is the only food product with which we dominate the market, representing 71% of its shares. The industry is comprised of close to 13,500 maple syrup producers and generates around 5,000 jobs. Year after year, maple syrup is growing in popularity. Its syrup is a natural sugar, which is composed of over 50 beneficial compounds, namely one named “quebecol” in honour of its biggest global producer, Quebec. Maple syrup is obviously an integral part of our culture and our recipes since it’s a product that is readily accessible to all those who live in the province. It is more than likely to find Lire la suite…

My work, my passion

Danielle Ouellette Auteur Lareau - Danielle Ouellette

It happened on a Wednesday, on May 16, 1984, to be precise. Everything was set into motion on that day. Here is how my story began. At the tender age of 21, I had gotten an interview to find a job in insurance — even though this was an industry I knew nothing of. The month of May is a very busy one for all insurance firms so you can only imagine what I was getting into… I arrived for the interview with my head held up high on my 5 feet 6 inches frame. As the interview progressed, I saw my chances fade away because I had no insurance knowledge. At the end of my interview, I took my biggest gamble to date — I offered my services for free for the next two days, which were Thursday and Friday. To my Lire la suite…

Does your insurance contract reflect your risk tolerance?

Martin Decelle et Jimmy Lussier Auteur Lareau - Martin Decelle et Jimmy Lussier

Martin and Jimmy jump out of a plane flying at 20,000 feet. Martin obviously has his parachute whereas Jimmy claims to not need one. Whose decision do you think is the riskiest? First of all, a risk is defined as an uncertainty in relation to the outcome of an event that could be positive or negative. You are right if you answered Martin. In the case of Jimmy, the outcome of his action is certain: he will unfortunately hit the ground. On the flip side, it is not certain that Martin will successfully land. What about when it comes to insurance? Is it crucial to have it right now despite so many weather conditions and daily accidents? Is it really useful to have to protect us against uncertainty? The answer is undeniably “yes” but each and every one of us reacts Lire la suite…

Street food reinvented by Les Grillades à Poudrette

Vanessa Fortin Auteur Lareau - Vanessa Fortin

For the majority of people, “grillade” (or grilling) is synonymous with almost anything that can be cooked on the grill. However, if you’re from Saint-Rémi or Valleyfield, this term means something very specific. “Grillade” is a thin slice of pork belly, which is the same part used for bacon, that is seasoned with salty spices and then smoked on a wood charcoal grill. Valérie St-Onge of VIVA-médias explains that this piece of meat used to be salted as a means of preservation. This would allow the pork belly to be kept longer and less of the meat, which was possibly not even available for purchase in the winter months, would be wasted in large quantities. Today, spices are simply used for culinary enjoyment! This typical meal was the prelude to quite an extraordinary menu for their food truck Les Grillades Lire la suite…

Entrepreneurship in Quebec is shaking up!

Vanessa Fortin Auteur Lareau - Vanessa Fortin

There is sometimes the false perception that the Quebecers have no entrepreneurial spirit, that Quebec is lagging behind others and that it is impossible to enter the market in this province. Then perhaps you’ll be surprised to hear that Quebec surpasses all the countries of the G7, besides the rest of Canada, when it comes to the ratio of entrepreneurs to overall population? Quebecers are ambitious, creative and innovative — this is enough to allow a province to outperform countries like Germany, the United States, Japan, France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Quebecers go after more business opportunities than any other country of the G7 but 38.9% of them don’t go into business for fear of failure despite a favourable economic landscape. Other very interesting figures about entrepreneurship like the one shared above can be found on the Global Entrepreneurship Lire la suite…

Man’s best friend, but not the insurer’s!

Vanessa Fortin Auteur Lareau - Vanessa Fortin

One of the hot topics in the news these last months has been the controversy surrounding pitbulls. Citizens are divided: one side wants to ban this breed of dog in their city, whereas the other doesn’t. Dogs, owners and mayors have been accused… But there will be no finger pointing in this article! However, we thought it would be relevant to talk about the impact that your pet has on your insurance policy because, indeed, there is one. Insurers are especially reticent when it comes to Pitbulls, Rottweilers, Dobermans and other breeds that are known to be aggressive. Although we know that these particular breeds are not necessarily meaner than others and that there are Dobermans who wouldn’t hurt a fly, their sheer power and the size of their jaws are more frightening than that of a Chihuahua’s… If you Lire la suite…

Essence Glacier: Delicious ice cream made in Quebec

Vanessa Fortin Auteur Lareau - Vanessa Fortin

For a few years now, foodies—those epicureans seeking new culinary experiences—have been playing an ever-increasing role in the food industry landscape. This love of food is mainly driven by the youngest members of Generation Y. A study conducted by Piper Jaffray states that 2014 was the first year in which American teenagers spent more money in restaurants than in clothing stores. Spending a full day with your eyes glued to a computer screen will inevitably push you to want to connect with something real after 5 p.m. There is a growing thirst for stimulating experiences that will call on all five senses. This is why people want to travel, make things with their own hands, cook, and taste! The research firm Technomic determined in 2012 that 42% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 36 ate in a fine-dining Lire la suite…

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