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Two Campaigns From SGI To Make Our Roadways Safer

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   December 8, 2014 07:00

Our family at Al Hattie Insurance and SGI are committed to safety on the roads this holidays season. SGI is involved in two initiatives that are focused on reducing accidents and injury on Saskatchewan roadways. Both Operation Red Nose and the new Photo Speed Enforcement locations are designed for this and automobile drivers in Saskatchewan should help spread the word about both.

 

Operation Red Nose:

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 31, 2014, anyone who has been drinking and feels they are not able to drive home can call Operation Red Nose for a ride. Check operationrednose.com for the schedule in your area. A team of 3 volunteers - coordinated through the local Lions Clubs in the Battlefords, Prince Albert and Saskatoon, and the Queen City Kinsmen in Regina - will pick you up and drive you, in your own vehicle, to the destination of your choice. One volunteer drives your vehicle, a 2nd volunteer navigates and a 3rd volunteer follows in an escort vehicle to pick up the 2 volunteers once they drop you off.

While the service is free, donations are accepted and are then distributed to local youth and amateur sports initiatives in the participating city.

Impaired driving is among the leading cause of fatal collisions in Saskatchewan. If your city does not yet participate in Operation Red Nose, there are still many other options for getting home safely: take a cab, use public transit, stay the night, choose a designated driver, call a sober friend or family member, or contact another designated driving service. We also encourage other cities in Saskatchewan to take part in this initiative next year.

For Operation Red Nose service call:

The Battlefords - 306-446-2827 or 306-480-9876
Prince Albert - 306-763-6673
Saskatoon - 306-371-6693
Regina - 306-949-2400

 

Installation Work Underway At Photo Speed Enforcement Locations

Last week cameras and signs were being installed at photo speed enforcement locations around the province.

Cameras will be set up:

- Highway 12 at Martensville

- Saskatoon: Circle Drive and selected school zones

- Highway 1 east between the Pilot Butte turnoff and White City

- Regina: Ring Road and selected school zones

- Moose Jaw: school zones

"We will notify the public once the cameras are operational at these locations," said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. " We want people to know when the cameras are live. Our goal with this pilot is zero tickets and zero crashes."

There will be a two-month warning period where drivers caught speeding will be mailed a warning instead of a ticket. Yellow informational signs will let drivers know they are approaching a photo-speed-enforced zone. Black-and-white regulatory signs will also be posted within the zone.

For more information about the two-year photo speed enforcement pilot, visit SGI's website at www.sgi.sk.ca.

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Auto Insurance | Driver Safety

SGI's New Legal Expense Insurance Is Included In Your Policy

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   November 24, 2014 08:00

All SGI Canada Home Pak, Mobile Pak, Tenant Pak, Condominium Unit Owner's Pak, and Prestige insurance policies have automatically been updated to include SGI's new Legal Expense Insurance. This new coverage comes at no extra fee and is now standard on all previously listed SGI Canada policies. Having one of these SGI Canada policies now covers you for:

 

Automatic Coverage for Legal Costs:

You will be automatically covered for lawyers fees (and other legal costs), for the following:

  • Contract Disputes - arising from you buying or selling goods or obtaining services.
  • Property Protection - pursuing a claim if a neighbor damages your property or interferes with the use of your land.

Free Legal Advice Hotline 1-855-953-1430

You will also have access to a free telephone legal advice helpline. There are limits to which disputes your insurance will pay for, but no limits on free advice from a lawyer, about any legal subject under the sun. Just ask!

What else might you be covered for?

Depending on which insurance policy you have, your legal costs may be covered for the following:

  • disputes with an employer relating to employment contracts and severance;
  • pursuing a claim for damages following an accident which causes your injury or death;
  • responding to a tax audit/appealing a Canada Revenue Agency decision for personal tax returns;
  • defending criminal charges laid against you arising from your work as an employee; and
  • disputes relating to your purchase, sale, lease, rental and service of  an insured vehicle.

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to call our office toll-free 1-888-450-2700 about this new coverage provided on SGI Canada policies.

 

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Condo Insurance | General Insurance | Home Insurance | Tenant Insurance

A Test Every SK Driver Should Be Able to Pass (SGI Written Exam Practice Quiz)

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   October 22, 2013 12:35

Here is a practice test offered by SGI that every driver young and old should be able to pass. This test is mainly used as a study tool for young or new drivers, but see if you can pass it yoursef and maybe brush up on a couple rules of the road.

 

SGI Written Exam (Practice Test):

https://testdrivepractice.sgi.sk.ca/practice/exams

more info

                           

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Auto Insurance | Driver Safety

Changes to Vehicle Registration Eligibility Questions June 19th

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   June 17, 2013 16:52

As of June 19th, SGI will be using a new set of questions regarding your Vehicle Registration eligibility in Saskatchewan. They will be using different questions to determine residency within the province, and to gather more information on the use of vehicles (be it for passengar or commericial use). A more in depth series of questions will be required when using vehicles for commercial purposes, which will relate to the types of industry the vehicle will be used within.

Another new feature will be vehicles bought out of province may be eligible for a 28 day deferral from inspection if they have the proper documentation. Please call our office during operating hours for details on what specific documents will be required for your out of province vehicles being registered in Saskatchewan (888-450-2700).

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Funny Retro SGI TV Commercials featuring Brian Trottier and Clark Gillies of the NY Islanders

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   February 18, 2013 03:41

Check out these humorous vintage SGI ads featuring NHL hockey players Brain Trottier and Clarke Gillies of the New York Islanders. Most of their safe driving tips still apply!

 

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Condominium Unit Owner's Insurance Options

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   February 18, 2013 03:14

As a condominium owner in Saskatchewan it is important to know your insurance options, as even though your condo corporation may have it's own policy to cover the property, common areas, and structure, this will not cover your belongings, improvements you have made to your unit, or personal liability. SGI Canada offers the following Condominium Unit Owner's Pak options.

Condominium Unit Owner's Pak A

Protects your belongings against loss or damage resulting from:

- fire or lightning

- explosion or implosion

- smoke

- falling objects

- impact by aircraft, spacecraft or land vehicles

- riot

- vandalism

- water escape and rupture

- electricity (power surge)

 

Condominium Unit Owner's Pak I

In additional to Pak A coverage, Pak I also covers:

- glass breakage

- theft, including damage caused by attempted theft

- loss or damage to items being transported, caused by an accident involving the transporting vehicle

 

Condominium Unit Owner's Pak II

In addition to Pak I, includes comprehensive coverage for yout belongings (subject to certain restrictions).

 

Important Features

All packages come with several important features for no additional cost.

 

Personal liability coverage

Also included with all packages, this coverage protects you in case you're found legally responsible for bodily injury to someone else or for damage to their property. This is a $1 million limit in personal liability coverage to cover:

- court costs, legal fees and certain other expenses associated with your defence in the event of a liability suit

- voluntary medical payments up to $5000 and voluntary property damage payments up to $5000, even if you're not legally liable

 

Improvements and Betterments Coverage

All SGI Condominium Unit Owner's Paks automatically provide 200% of the belongings amount in coverage for any improvements you make to your condo. You can increase this amount for an additional premium charge.

 

Contingent Coverage

This provides protection for your unit in the event the condominium corporation's insurance is inadequate.

 

Additional options

- Identity Theft Coverage

- Excess Protection - premises improvemnts

- Increased Limits Coverage

- Special Belongings Coverage

- Sewer Backup Coverage

- Voluntary Fire Fighting Coverage

- Watercraft Coverage

- Seasonal Home Coverage

- Rental Home Coverage

 

Further information can be found in our Condo Insurance section.

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SGI's Tenant Pak Options

posted by Al Hattie Insurance    |   February 17, 2013 22:36

If you rent a house or apartmentin Saskatchewan, you have special insurance needs. Even though your landlord may have an insurance policy on the dwelling, you'll need your own insurance to protect personal items. There are several options available through SGI.

Tenant Pak A

Protects loss or damage from:

- fire or lightning

- explosion or implosion

- smoke

- falling objects

- impact by aircraft, spacecraft or land vehicles

- riot

- vandalism or mailcious acts

- water escape and rupture

- windstorm or hail

- electricity (power surge)


Tenant Pak I

In addition to Tenant Pak A, this adds protection for:

- theft, including damage caused by attempted theft

- loss or damage to items being transported caused by an accident involving the transporting vehicle

 

Tenant Pak II

This provides the coverage of Tenant Pak I, as well adding extra protection to your belongings in almost any instance, with certain exceptions. It's the most comprehensive protection for your belongings.

 

Special Seniors Pak

This is for people 60 or over who live in an approved care home, nursing home, or seniors complex at a lower cost. 

 

 

Replacement cost coverage

This is included in all packages and protects your belongings at today's prices, not depreciated values.

 

With an SGI Tenant Pak, you're also protected against:

- credit or debit-card loss, cheque forgery and counterfeit money

- expenses for debris removal following an insured loss

- damage to improvements you made to your premises

- damage to your property from emergency entry by police officers, paramedics or firefighters

- increased living expenses and lost rental income following an insured loss

- inflated protection

- mass evacuation expenses

- damage to trees, shrubs, and outdoor plats

- damage to the belongings of guests or household employees

- limited renter's glass coverage (not applicable to Tenant Pak A)

 

Personal liability coverage

Also included with all packages, this coverage protects you in case you're found legally responsible for bodily injury to someone else or for damage to their property. This is a $1 million limit in personal liability coverage to cover:

- court costs, legal fees and certain other expenses associated with your defence in the event of a liability suit

- voluntary medical payments up to $5000 and voluntary property damage payments up to $5000, even if you're not legally liable

 

Additional options

- Identity Theft Coverage

- Excess Protection - premises improvemnts

- Increased Limits Coverage

- Special Belongings Coverage

- Sewer Backup Coverage

- Voluntary Fire Fighting Coverage

- Watercraft Coverage

- Seasonal Home Coverage

 

Further information can be found in our Tenant Insurance section.

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