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Customers Call Banks To Raise Fees During Pandemic As Profits Rise
As many Canadians continue to struggle financially during the pandemic, some wonder why Canada’s big banks are increasing their fees even as they continue to see their profits rise.
Customers from TD, CIBC, Bank of Montreal and Scotiabank recently contacted Go Public about fees that have increased or are about to increase for a range of accounts, products and Services.
“This is definitely not a good time for banks to raise fees,” said Kisan Gunjal, from his home in Milton, Ont. “We have to insert the ethical part.”
Banks tell Go Public that the increases were made after careful consideration and that other options are available to customers. Read more
Fake Google reviews cheat customers and hurt businesses
If you’ve ever searched for a business’s name online, there’s a good chance you’ve seen their Google reviews. The rating system is a simple way to assess the quality of a business before spending your hard-earned money on it. But not all reviews are necessarily accurate or even from real people.
A CBC News investigation found there was a pervasive problem plaguing the popular star rating system – a growing black market in which some companies pay for fake positive reviews, while others appear to fall apart. get extorted by web companies who post negative reviews and then offer their “review-fix” services to have them removed.
Using data collection and analysis techniques, the investigation cataloged only part of a fake review network: 1,279 businesses across North America linked by 208 fake accounts who published 3,574 fake reviews.
In an email, Google said its systems “check every review before it is posted on Google Maps, looking for signs of inauthentic content,” but also acknowledged that “they are not perfect because of inauthentic reviews. can pass from time to time. ” Read more
Marketplace possesses investigated fake ads and reviews on google before, in January 2020, when our team looked at bogus lists and reviews of locksmiths. We also investigated the fake reviews associated with the home appliance repair industry in October 2020.
Want to make your home more energy efficient? New grant of up to $ 5,000 could be a start
The Government of Canada is launching a new program that provides Canadians with grants of up to $ 5,000 to pay for energy-efficient home renovations.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan on Thursday launched the Canada Greener Homes Grant program – worth about $ 2.6 billion over seven years – to help homeowners modernizing heaters, installing solar panels and replacing windows and doors.
Homeowners can receive grants of up to $ 5,000 to perform energy efficient renovations to their primary residence, and up to $ 600 to help pay for home energy assessments. Read more
What else is going on?
Federal health agency not ready for pandemic equipment request, auditor says
AG Karen Hogan’s study indicates that the Public Health Agency of Canada has failed to address inventory management issues.
Ontario says more long-term care homes have air conditioning, but not all resident rooms
Last summer, the Ford government promised to install air conditioning in residents’ rooms.
Court Rules NEXUS cards cannot be canceled for minor rule violations
Hundreds of people are kicked out of the NEXUS Trusted Traveler program every year.
These bike pedals have been recalled due to a fall hazard
Consumers should immediately stop using the affected pedals and bring their bicycle or pedals to a Trek dealer for free replacement and return of the pedals.
These Our Father’s Farm brand apricot kernel products can cause cyanide poisoning
If the affected products are in your home, do not consume them.
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