/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Video News B-Roll - Satellite transmission - "Get in the know BEFORE you go..." - IBC cautions Canadians to play it safe on ice this spring/

    TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ -

                             A Video News Release
                         Insurance Bureau of Canada
              March 20, 2008 - (from 12.00 noon - 12.30 pm EST)

    Satellite Coordinates
    March 20, 2008 - 12 noon - 12.30 pm EST
    DOME Tx1 to the Toronto Teleport and uplink to ANIK F2C 1B
    Downlink Frequency: 3740 (V)
    Audios: 6.2/6.8
    PEGAD has been granted via DOME Tx1


    Hiking, skating, fishing, and snowmobiling on the ice are activities that
many Canadians continue to enjoy as winter winds down and spring begins. But
Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is reminding people that this enjoyment must
be balanced with awareness of the dangers that could exist.
    Every year, more than 30 Canadians die in ice-related incidents.
Canadians need to know that while ice is never 100% safe, most ice-related
incidents are predictable and preventable.
    IBC recommends that those intending to walk or play on the ice should pay
special attention to determining the thickness of the ice before heading out.
Experts recommend at least 5 inches of clear, solid, blue ice. If the ice
appears slushy, is located on or near moving water, or has thawed and been
refrozen, Canadians should stay off.

    Video News Release includes:

    -   Visuals of hiking, ice-fishing, snowmobiling, skating
    -   Two demos of ice rescue with ice picks and a hockey stick
    -   4 Interview clips with water and ice safety expert John Blaicher

For further information:

For further information: Ellen Woodger at (416) 483-2358, or James
Geuzebroek at (416) 362-2031; For technical information: Production - The
Gabor Group (Ken Clarke), (416) 961-1757 x 3, Technical: (416) 341-2052

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