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January 2020 : Dave Thompson Retires

Posted by Desiree Gratton-Hicks on

"I believe in destiny! In May, 1974 I was the principal of Whitelaw school. Life was good, and Judy and I were looking forward to the summer vacation. The school children were excited to get to their new grades, and the grade 6’s were heading to Fairview next year. The superintendent paid me a surprise visit that day and informed me that a decision had been made to cut a teacher for the following year. I immediately flew off the handle and said that this would cause a split grade of 35 grade 5 and 6’s. I was not willing to ask one of my teachers to...

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January 2020 Newsletter Submission – “LLQP Comments” Bob Watt

Posted by Bob Watt on

Here we are embarking on a new year and a new decade. Of course whether we are actually in a new decade depends on whether you follow the Farmer’s Almanac theory that the new decade actually does not start until 2021. This might be a great time to talk about those LLQP students who completed certification prior to the end of 2019. Something that creates frustration for many is the lack of availability of provincial exam write sittings in the latter part of December. Anyone who achieved certification after about Dec 18th will likely be writing their provincial exams in...

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January 2020 Newsletter Article: Regulation of Insurance Contracts

Posted by Jason Watt on

Some of you may have picked up on this notice from the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright back in November of 2019: https://www.nortonrosefulbright.com/en-ca/knowledge/publications/33cf038b/prohibition-on-gifts-of-life-insurance-policies-to-charities-in-british-columbia-by-bc-residents. While I haven’t seen the source document, it refers to correspondence by the BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) concerning charitable donations of life insurance and trafficking provisions in the Insurance Act.   By way of reference, the BC Insurance Act, which is substantively similar to the Insurance Act in most other provinces in this regard (New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, and Quebec are exceptional, though Saskatchewan is due to add trafficking prohibitions in 2020) reads:   Trafficking  152  Any person, other than an insurer or its authorized agent, who advertises, or...

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Holiday Newsletter: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Posted by Desiree Gratton-Hicks on

This year we wanted to do a bit more for charities that mean something to our staff. We asked each of our team members to select a charity that they hold close to their heart and propose it to the rest of staff. By late summer, we had several different options. The team voted in September to select two charities to support in 2020; CEASE and LitWorld®.    CEASE provides tools for persons who have experienced sexual exploitation to heal and renew their lives. One of our team members has volunteered with them for years providing financial education and developing...

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Dec 2019 Newsletter Article: Financial Planning Week 2019

Posted by Jason Watt on

As in 2018, Business Career College was the Platinum Sponsor for FP Canada’s Financial Planning Week 2019 activities. This is our fourth year sponsoring Financial Planning Week activities; we have sponsored the Ethics Breakfast in the past as well. This major event had 3 distinct components this year: The Celebration of the Profession dinner on the evening of Tuesday, November 19th. The headline speakers were Rod Phillips, Ontario’s Minister of Finance, and Caroline Ouellette, who won four gold medals playing Olympic hockey for Team Canada. Caroline’s story was wonderful and covered several major phases of an athlete’s career. Anybody could...

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