AMA News: Spring 2020

By AMA Staff

We’ve found your new favourite destination for an Alberta staycation. The recently opened JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District has 346 chic rooms, three trendy eateries, a spa and even a soon-to-open ice rink. Another highlight? A CAA/AAA Four Diamond designation, recognizing the hotel’s upscale design, extensive amenities and overall hospitality. With 81 evaluation categories—scoring everything from the availability of parking to the quality of in-room finishes—CAA/AAA’s Diamond Program is one of the most detailed, objective and consistent in the world. It’s also among the most comprehensive: Our full-time, anonymous inspectors assess more properties than any other entity. Just six percent of 27,000-plus reviewed properties in North America have received a Four Diamond designation; only three Edmonton hotels can claim the accolade, including the JW Marriott ICE District. AMA members save 5% or more on bookings at JW Marriott hotels.

Is your Spidey sense tingling? It’s trying to tell you the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibition ends February 17. That’s just enough time to swing, fly or ride Thor’s Bifrost to Telus World of Science Edmonton—to see rare comic pages, movie props and other artifacts that tell the super-heroic stories of everyone from Black Panther to Black Widow. AMA members save 10% on show tickets bought in-person or by phone.

Remember last February’s cold snap? AMA received more than 31,000 roadside assistance calls in just 48 hours. Many of those calls were for dead batteries, and some members had to wait days for a boost. We can hope for warmer weather this year, but it’s wise to be prepared in case Jack Frost returns with a vengeance.

If it’s -15 C or below, plug in your vehicle’s block heater for at least four hours prior to driving.

Going on holidays? Buy a battery tender (available at AMA centres) to help maintain your idle battery’s charge.

Guard against identity theft by bringing up to four boxes or bags of personal documents to a member-exclusive AMA Shredding Event, free with a food bank donation. Last year, 10,860 shredders donated $60,963 and 10,482 kg of food.

April 5: Calgary Northeast and Sherwood Park
April 18: Lethbridge
April 19:Edmonton North
April 25: Medicine Hat
April 26: Camrose
May 2Grande Prairie
May 3Red Deer
May 9: Calgary Southwest and Edmonton West
May 24: Calgary Southeast and St. Albert
May 31: Calgary Northwest and Edmonton South

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photo: Elena Leonova/iStock

As the end of the fiscal year (March 31) looms, so too does a mountain of paperwork for many small-business owners. Among the documents you may have to file at this time? Your annual return. “Just like you renew your vehicle each year, you also need to renew your business registration,” says Leah McSween, a registry agent at AMA’s Calgary Crowfoot centre. “If you don’t file within two years and six months, the government will dissolve your business.” The annual return is due within 60 days of your business’s anniversary of incorporation. Visit an AMA centre and sign up to get an email reminder of your renewal date, and for help with filing the return itself.

AMA recently welcomed Stokes to our stable of AMARewards partners. One of Canada’s largest kitchen retailers, Stokes stocks everything from tea kettles to baking tools—plus its affordable, house-label dinner and flatware sets. Show your AMA card to save 5% in-store.

Spring’s clearer driving conditions mean more young motorists eager to take their Class 5 GDL and advanced road tests. Here’s how to set yourself up for success.

• If you haven’t already, join the 10,000-plus new drivers each year who learn best practices in-class, online and in-car with AMA Driver Education. Members save up to $120 on course fees. AMA graduates get up to $200 in discounts on AMA auto insurance.

• Practice driving in real-world scenarios. We recommend at least 60 hours of practice before attempting your road test.

• Review the Alberta Driver’s Guide, available online and at AMA centres.

• When you’re ready, book your test online or in-centre with AMA.

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Georges Laraque (left)
with AMA’s Kevin

Former Edmonton Oiler Georges Laraque shows off one of the Alberta NHL team licence plates available at AMA centres across the province. Get an Oilers or Flames plate and show your support as the two teams skate hard into the playoffs. A portion of the one-time purchase cost ($84.45, plus applicable registration fees) goes to support Alberta charities.

Sign up online to have your vehicle registration renew automatically, or visit an AMA centre. The start of your last name determines your registration’s expiry.

Feb.: M (except Me), Q
Mar.: B (except Be), Y
Apr.: D, G (except Gr)