Tech-savvy thieves don’t need your keys to steal your vehicle. As technology in our vehicles continues to evolve, so do sophisticated auto thieves who are using technology to bypass security systems and electronically gain access to vehicles. Hit the link in our bio for tips on how to prevent auto theft. #StopAutoTheft#Top10StolenVehicles#ProtectingCanadians
Kathleen Magisano is celebrating her Merit Milestone this year as we commemorate her 25th work anniversary!
Kathleen gained bookkeeping experience in both a financial institution and a property management company. She became licensed in 1980 after joining the brokerage, Harrison & Chamak. She joined J.M. Dickson in 1990 and became their office manager. As part of the J.M. Dickson brokerage, Kathleen joined Merit in November 1994. She currently manages Merit’s largest commercial account.
It's Friday which means it's time for another Merit milestone!
Mary Jane Rivera is celebrating her 25th work anniversary this year. Mary Jane joined Merit as a full-time employee in 1994 and acquired her RIBO license in 1996 and her CIP designation in 2006. Born in Manila, the Philippines, Mary Jane is fluent in Tagalog. Mary Jane provides support to the underwriting manager in processing new business and also handles her own book of business.
Think you don’t “own enough” to justify purchasing tenant insurance? Think again. The value of contents in just these 2 rooms (and pics) would surprise you... hit the link in our bio to learn why you need tenant insurance, asap. .
On April 9, officers at Coutts seized 24 guns and 70 overcapacity magazines from two Alaska-bound travellers. They were both arrested and now face criminal charges. “We are happy to assist lawful gun owners with importing their firearms properly, but if you don’t declare them, you are breaking the law and will be treated accordingly.” – Director Guy Rook #BeAwareAndDeclare#ProtectingCanadians#LeaveYourHandgunsAtHome
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CBSA joined @calgarypolice Services to announce the results of a joint investigation today. In Jan, CBSA officers in Calgary intercepted a parcel with 3,300 counterfeit @calgarytransit UPass stickers. Subject was arrested on July 26 and faces three charges. These stickers could have resulted in a ~$1.3million loss to the city. We are proud to work with our partners and help protect our economy. #CBSA#ProtectingCanadians
In 2018, Angela Codina from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, was sentenced to seven years in prison for immigration fraud. The sentence includes two years for time served in pre-trial custody. In addition to the period of incarceration Ms. Codina was ordered to pay $30,200 in restitution to four of her victims.
Ms. Codina was convicted of immigration fraud by a jury in the Superior Court of Justice on November 22, 2017.
This conviction is the result of an extensive investigation by Criminal Investigators of the CBSA’s Greater Toronto Area Region, which began in 2011 after numerous victims reported fraud perpetrated by Ms. Codina.
Section 91 of the Immigration Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) is designed to protect victims of immigration fraud by making it a criminal offense to provide immigration advice for a fee unless the provider is a lawyer licensed to practice law by a provincial licensing body, or an immigration consultant licensed by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
In 2018, Greater Toronto Area Region officers working @TorontoPearson Commercial Operations seized 176 shipments of suspected cannabis and hashish, weighing just over 1,700 kilograms! Here’s one story:
On August 25, 2018, while Border Services Officers were conducting an examination at a commercial warehouse, just under 500 kilograms of hashish was discovered in a shipment of jeans from Pakistan. The shipment was described as 75 boxes of leather garments. The contraband was concealed in plastic wrapped packages, and hidden inside the folded jeans. All 75 boxes contained multiple bricks of hashish.
In 2018, two tariff classification cases on companies importing chicken improperly were completed. The Greater Toronto Area Region Trade Operations Division determined that the companies were classifying the chicken as “spent fowl“, an item that is not subject to tariff rate quotas and can be imported duty free.
In both cases, it was determined that the goods were in fact “broiler chicken” not “spent fowl,” were being imported without an import permit, and were subject to 249% duty rate. The total duty and interest assessed was over $38 million for one case and over $93 million for the other. In addition administrative monetary penalties were also assessed for a combined total exceeding $50,000. The CBSA is proud to protect Canadian manufacturers and producers through post-release verification activities.