Posts Tagged ‘penalty’

Catching Up on Carbon Tax

March 30, 2008

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There’s never enough time, is there? I’m trying to play catch-up on the ‘carbon tax’ issue. Here’s what I’ve got so far…

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Regulating Gift Cards

December 6, 2007

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You’ve got to wonder if these exemptions are just another case of industry lobbyists overriding the interests of consumers.
(source: Bruce Cran; Consumers Assoc.)

Ontario Consumer Protection Act changes took effect 2007/10/01. Prior to that, the McGuinty Liberals heralded the coming changes. But now they’re strangely quiet about the loopholes.

Under the new rules, gift cards can’t be sold with a transaction fee, can’t expire, and shoppers can’t be penalized if they don’t spend their credit immediately.

But… shopping malls are excempted for now. And loyalty cards (where you accumulate points), and prepaid phone cards…

Links:
2007/05/29 – CTV: Ontario government bans gift card expiry dates
2007/05/29 – City News: Ontario Sets Day For End Of Gift Card Expiry Dates
2007/11/14 – Toronto Star: Unredeemed gift cards a present for retailers
2007/12/05 – Globe&Mail: Some Ontario gift-card loopholes…
2007/12/06 – CBC: Gift card exemption riles critics

Safer Streets in Nova Scotia

November 24, 2007

Nova Scotia’s Transportation Minister, Murray Scott, has introduced amendments to that province’s Motor Vehicle Act that appear to hold a promise of increased safety for pedestrians.

An 18-month pilot program would allow police to install photo-radar cameras capable of nabbing speeders and red light runners.

Another provision would ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving.

Drivers who fail to yield for pedestrians at crosswalks would see a doubling of fines: $500 for a first offence, $1,000 for a second and $2,000 for a third.

Can you hear me applauding?

Links:
2007/11/15 – CBC: Ban cell phones (audio)
2007/11/24 – Globe & Mail: N.S. government to make streets safer

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