Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate

The Scottish Society of Ottawa began the Sir John A’s Great Canadian Kilt Skate in Ottawa to commemorate Sir John a. MacDonald’s 200th birthday in 2015.  Since then it has grown to 7 cities across Canada, including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Lloydminster, and Calgary. On January 21, 2017 the first ever Kilt Skate in Toronto and BOY! What a day!  The temperature was mild and the sky was overcast but the smiles of skaters in kilts brightened the day!  Held at Nathan Phillips Square in the heart of the city, it was the perfect back drop!  Surrounded by a …
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Why insurance is the most Scottish financial product you can buy

How the Scottish traits of thrift and practicality gave birth to the insurance industry. It’s no surprise that the insurance industry got its start in Scotland. If you’ve been there, or if you’re from there, you’ll know why. Scotland is a rugged place. The climate can be cold and rainy. And the coastline, hills and valleys are steep and forbidding. Life insurance is the ultimate community financial service. It’s a way we can help each other prosper in a world where anything can happen at any time. It’s not a stretch, then, to consider how the terrain and climate have …
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It’s never too early to prepare for life’s unknowns

They are called accidents for a reason … but this great Scottish idea has you covered. The great British wit George Bernard Shaw believed youth was wasted on the young. The sentiment is debatable, but the tendency of the young to live in the moment, with few thoughts for the future, is not. Preparing for the unknowable and unthinkable is a challenge for everyone, but perhaps even more so for young people. Life’s worst and most unsettling surprises are called “accidents.” They are not called “deliberates.” They are unplanned and come out of nowhere on pleasant Tuesday mornings. Few people …
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What does managing risk have to do with insurance?

Managing risk was the motivation for the development of insurance. Risk is a word people use every day. We hear it all the time. Life is full of risks, and dealing with them is what people do. We all realize that some risks are greater than others, obviously. For instance, riding a bike in traffic without a helmet is a risk, but one that’s on a much different level than choosing a brand of ketchup we have never tried before. Risk is simply the chance that something may turn out differently than what we hope, plan or desire. And we …
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A very Scottish history of insurance

How two 18th century Scottish drinking buddies gave your family 21st century peace of mind. As everyone knows, the Scots have a wonderfully unique heritage. They are beloved for many things: kilts, bagpipes, Robbie Burns and haggis. Well, to be fair, maybe not haggis. But what you may not know is that the Scots are also the creators of the modern life insurance business. And true to the Scots’ quirky ways, that business was born out of the close friendship of two math geeks who were drinking buddies and church ministers with a concern for widows and orphans.  The story begins …
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Insurance and the Scottish love of numbers

The story of lies, damned lies, statistics … and great Scottish math geeks As anyone who has ever suffered through a course on the subject can attest, statistics can, at times, be incomprehensible. As the saying goes, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Let’s face it: the abuse of statistics knows no bounds, and politicians of all stripes have refined its misuse to an art form. As the great Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock once quipped, “In earlier times they had no statistics and so they had to fall back on lies.” But in reality, nothing …
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Journey to Perth and a blether with a friend

The Sons of Scotland Pipe Band from Ottawa were happy to include the town of Perth to their journey to Scotland this summer, and had the wonderful opportunity to visit Scone Palace and spend time with their friend and long time supporter, Brother Ron Drummond, and his family.  Since moving back to Scotland, Ron has settled in very well to his hometown of Aberdeen, and the band appreciates them all taking time to drive to Perth and spend a lovely, sunny afternoon with the pipers and drummers.  We are so pleased to have spent time with Ron and his family, …
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B in the Park, Ottawa, ON

On a beautiful summer’s eve we attended a concert called “B in the Park” at Major’s Hill Park in downtown Ottawa. Organized by the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band and running for the past 13 years, our oldest civilian pipe band hosted two other visiting bands on route to the Maxville Highland Games. What a perfect night to listen to the Rocky Mountain Pipe Band of Calgary and the Viscount Park Pipe Band of Edmonton. All three of these bands performed for the crowd while Mother Nature provided a colorful sunset as the backdrop. The skirl of the pipes was …
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The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

Welcome to the Scottish Diaspora! A project to involve communities around the world in celebration of Scottish heritage and culture, the people and places which connect Scotland to its global diaspora. Scots have migrated all over the world and have often had a profound impact on the areas where they settled. This project brought together stories from more than such communities, documenting their Scottish connections in more than 300 embroidered panels. It is a remarkable and heart-felt homage to the determination, courage and achievement of Scottish migrants and their descendants across the centuries. Read More at http://www.scottishdiasporatapestry.org/index

Life Insurance Embodies Spirit of Mutual Cooperation for Over 135 Year

The strength of Sons of Scotland is in its members. We socialize, work together for our communities and support one another in good times and bad. One of Sons of Scotland’s best-kept secrets is that it also offers life insurance to members, friends and family. At first this may seem an oddity in the mix of regular camp activities, but in a recent interview with Executive Director Robert Stewart, we found that from early on life insurance was one of the most important features of the Society.   Q: Why did Sons of Scotland introduce life insurance to the Society? A: The …
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