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15 September 2014
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It seems weird to be talking about holiday parties in September, doesn’t it? Last week we received two calls from consumers, asking about deposits they put down on holiday venue rentals – specifically, they asked if they were entitled to refunds if they cancelled their contracts. Check out our top three tips when it comes to signing a contract for a venue rental.
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Tips

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08 September 2014
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Did you know that one in five Canadians believes they know of a senior who might be experiencing some form of abuse? Although this is not an area that falls within our authority as an organization, in this blog post, we wanted to share some important information from the Government of Canada to help you detect the signs of elder abuse and know where to go for help.

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Tips

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02 September 2014
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While not a new scam, it’s one that continues to target British Columbians. This blog serves as a reminder about what to watch out for when it comes to the tech support/Microsoft scam.

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Tips

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25 August 2014
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As we head into September, there’s one thing on the mind of many parents – school. In this blog post, we are counting down 5 of our favourite back-to-school shopping tips to help you make informed purchasing decisions.

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Telemarketing

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18 August 2014
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When I asked consumers what they wanted to hear about on this blog a few months back, telemarketing was still a hot topic. In this blog post I’m going to share my top three telemarketing tips.

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Cemetery & Funeral Services

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13 August 2014
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When making about your end of life decisions, you may choose to enter into a preneed funeral or cemetery services contract with a funeral provider or cemetery operator, allowing you to pre-arrange and pre-pay for the future. Here are some things to know about these preneed contracts. 

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Tips

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05 August 2014
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From phishing emails to romance frauds, does it feel like there’s a new scam every corner you turn? Although there are many legitimate businesses out there, today’s blog post counts down the top 3 signs of a scam so you know how to recognize businesses that may not be on the up and up. Here we go!

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Travel

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28 July 2014
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Statistics Canada says 58% of Canadians booked travel online in 2012. Are you a consumer who prefers to book your travel online? If so, you don’t want to miss this post.

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Tips

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21 July 2014
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A few months ago we asked our Facebook friends what they most wanted to hear about on this blog. One topic that came up was the Scanning Code of Practice: specifically, what is it and when does it apply?

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Motion Pictures

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14 July 2014
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As you may already know, Consumer Protection BC is responsible for classifying all films and trailers you see in British Columbia theatres (in addition to regulating and licensing video retailers and distributors). Every now and then, we get asked about video game ratings. Although this is not an area that falls under our responsibility, please keep reading to learn who assigns these ratings, who to contact with questions and, as a bonus, how to assign parental controls on various gaming systems.

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