Seniors combat shock collections invoice; Why costs are going up, up, up; CBC’s Market cheat sheet


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Why was this couple caught with a collections invoice for a rental water heater they by no means agreed to?  

They’ve by no means laid eyes on the water heater in query, however that did not cease a set company from sending Herman and Patricia Bucking a invoice for it anyway.

Seven years after the couple constructed their dream dwelling from the bottom up on a 40 hectare farm outdoors of Orangeville, Ont., they opened the mail to discover a $692.43 invoice for a Reliance House Consolation rental water heater they knew nothing about.

“I used to be shocked and could not determine why and what this was all about,” mentioned Patricia Bucking in an interview with Go Public.

When the couple purchased the property, they obtained a allow to tear down the earlier proprietor’s previous farmhouse and construct their very own. They did not know something a few rental water heater or the contract that went with it.

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After listening to from Go Public, Reliance mentioned it could overturn the cost and make sure the couple would by no means hear from a set company once more.

However the Buckings have been hardly alone of their predicament. They’re among the many dozens of householders who’ve contacted Go Public due to fights to get out of rental contracts they by no means signed for HVAC gear, corresponding to furnaces, air conditioners and extra.

Market lately teamed up with Go Public for a hidden digital camera investigation that uncovered a number of the misleading ways used to promote overpriced HVAC contracts. Learn extra

Ontario couple on the hook for water heater they don’t have | Go Public

An Ontario couple says they have been chased by a set company to pay $700 for a water heater they do not have, have by no means seen and was rented by a earlier home-owner. 2:10

Costs for every little thing from houses to gasoline to groceries are going up, up, up

It would not matter if you happen to’re simply stopping into the shop to purchase some milk and eggs or saving to purchase your first dwelling — likelihood is you are going to expertise some sticker shock.

That is as a result of the worth of practically every little thing is rising. 

The Canadian Actual Property Affiliation says the typical dwelling value elevated by 21 per cent previously 12 months to $748,450 — the best on file. 

In the meantime, the speed of inflation continues to extend, rising to five.1%, the best ranges since 1991, in response to Statistics Canada.

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Provide-chain imbalances attributable to the pandemic, coupled with file quantities of stimulus spending, have mixed to push up inflation nearly in every single place.

We’d first discover inflation on the fuel tank, however ultimately greater power and transportation prices hit companies, too, trickling right down to the worth we pay for issues like meals on the grocery retailer or garments on the mall.

All of it provides as much as a scenario the place the price of dwelling for many Canadians is greater than it has been in years. Learn extra

Gasoline costs at a Shell fuel station in Surrey, British Columbia on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

No PCR take a look at, no downside. Worldwide journey requirement to be lifted Feb. 28 

If complicated journey laws — to not point out the latest Omicron wave of COVID-19 — have been making you suppose twice about travelling outdoors the nation, you’ll be able to quickly take one merchandise off your record. 

Beginning on Feb. 28, Canada might be eradicating the pre-arrival PCR take a look at requirement for travellers coming to Canada.

That implies that if you happen to’re returning dwelling from a visit, or have household visiting from down south, they will not must spend cash on a probably expensive PCR take a look at. As a substitute a less expensive and quicker fast antigen take a look at will suffice.

The federal government can also be planning to take away its advisory in opposition to non-essential journey overseas, paving the way in which for a return to leisure journey for a lot of Canadians who’ve been ready for the advisory to carry.

Some Canadians, nevertheless, say they will not be joyful till the federal government stops making triple-vaccinated Canadians take a take a look at to enter the nation, interval. Learn extra

The federal authorities introduced on Tuesday that travellers to Canada will not must take a pre-arrival PCR take a look at when returning dwelling from overseas, as of Feb. 28. (Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Photographs)

His province ended its vaccine passport coverage. His enterprise is protecting it anyway

Many provinces is perhaps able to throw within the towel on vaccine passports, however some small enterprise homeowners aren’t fairly able to do the identical factor.

Alberta and Saskatchewan have each already ended their vaccine passport insurance policies, whereas different provinces, together with Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador plan to take action beginning subsequent month. 

Though most companies are anticipated to drop their vaccine necessities consistent with provinces, not all are following swimsuit — regardless of the chance that they might face a backlash.

Dave Kantor, proprietor of The Cave Beastro in Edmonton, mentioned he determined to maintain his restaurant’s vaccine mandate in place as a result of he felt it was untimely for Alberta to drop the requirement.

He mentioned his choice has garnered combined evaluations, with some individuals applauding it. Others, not a lot.

Nonetheless, he says he has no regrets about his choice and will not drop his vaccine requirement till he feels it is protected to take action. Learn extra

Dave Kantor, proprietor of The Cave Beastro in Edmonton, mentioned he determined to maintain his restaurant’s vaccine mandate in place as a result of he felt it was untimely for Alberta to drop the requirement. (Submitted by Dave Kantor)

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