Canada's Airline Passenger Protection Regulations set out rules that airlines must follow, including compensation for travel delays and how to make a claim. You will likely recall the extreme winter weather conditions across Canada in December 2022 and January 2023. Winter storms affected the … [Read more...]
Dealing with Holiday Debt
Money Mentors provides practical tips and free supports for dealing with holiday debt, including credit card balances. For many people, the most wonderful time of the year also ends up being the most expensive. The joy of the holiday season can quickly become overshadowed by the stress of … [Read more...]
Hot Legal Topics of 2022
You asked and we answered - questions about interest rates, rent increases, layoffs and terminations of employment, grants of probate and conversion therapy. As another year ends, it’s a time to reflect back on the year that was and look forward to the year that will be. I think many of us are … [Read more...]
Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL): Do you know what you are getting into?
As BNPL gains popularity among Canadian shoppers, here are three things you should know about it plus some words of caution. You may notice that many online retailers (also known as merchants) now allow you to buy goods and services through a buy now, pay later (BNPL) option. Thinking of buying a … [Read more...]
Racial Profiling in the Retail Industry
Consumer racial profiling is usually built on the misconception that certain ethnic groups are more likely to shoplift than others. Consumer racial profiling is a serious issue that has not been researched enough in Canada. Different terms are used to characterize consumer racial profiling, such as … [Read more...]
Regional Anomalies in Canada’s National Consumer Insolvency & Bankruptcy Rates
Data on consumer insolvency and bankruptcy, as well as laws on personal property exemptions, show great variances between regions, provinces and territories. This article references Statistics Canada’s most recent Annual Consumer Insolvency Rates by Province and Economic Region – 2010-2019 (Per … [Read more...]
Everything You Need to Know About Wedding and Special Event Insurance
Wedding and special event insurance is a special kind of cancellation insurance that can protect you if your event goes awry. When you’re thinking about planning a big event—whether it’s a wedding, huge birthday bash or blowout retirement party—no one wants to think about cancellations or other … [Read more...]
When the Doorbell Rings: Direct sales contracts
Your doorbell rings at home. You take a peek out your window. Then the realization hits you: it’s someone going door to door trying to sell you something again. If you’re anything like my cat (or me), you promptly hide in another room until the seller is gone –unless they are selling cookies, of … [Read more...]
Money, Money, Money!
Maybe you have a part-time job. Maybe your parents pay you an allowance. Maybe you make money shoveling snow or cutting grass. In any case, you’ve got money! Opening a Bank Account First step, where do you put this money? Have you outgrown your piggy bank? Maybe a bank account would be more … [Read more...]
Foreclosures in Alberta: The return of the ’80s?
When the pandemic hit, mortgage companies quickly realized the potential for a large upswing in mortgage defaults due to job losses. As a result, many offered homeowners an opportunity to defer their mortgage payments for up to six months. The CBC recently reported that Albertans took lenders up … [Read more...]