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Manitoba fraudsters showed 'no lack of imagination'
vehicle owner who claimed his car went missing after he parked it outside a hotel has been named by Winnipeg Public Insurance as the top fraudster of 2009, mostly because his story fell apart so quickly upon investigation. Manitoba
Public Insurance released its Top 5 fraudsters for 2009. (iStockphoto) Manitoba
The MPI released its Top 5 fraudsters Tuesday to raise awareness about attempts at insurance fraud. "These three individuals demonstrated there's no lack of imagination ─ or sheer nerve ─ when it comes to committing auto insurance fraud. And their misguided efforts earned them a placing on Manitoba Public Insurance's 2009 list of Top 5 Fraud," according to the MPI's list.
Holiday travellers jam planes, trains and automobiles Christmas tree axed from family's front yard Trans fat rules needed, groups say LED Christmas lights don't cut it: holdouts Air Canada marketing unethical: U of O prof U.S. incomes rise fastest in 6 months Olymel deli meats recalled over listeria risks Winnipeg family pleads online for Christmas donations Turn over Facebook history, judge orders All Consumer Headlines »
Ban on sales of Microsoft Word upheld
Word 2003 and 2007 are the most common versions on the market
Microsoft has failed in its attempt to dismiss a court case that would stop it selling Word. The software giant appealed against a ruling which found it infringed a patent owned by Canadian company i4i. With the failure of the appeal Microsoft must now pay i4i damages of $290m (£182m) and comply with an injunction ending the sales of some versions of Word. The injunction is scheduled to go into effect on 11 January. Judge bans Microsoft Word sales Microsoft Office takes to the web
LED Christmas lights don't cut it: holdouts Winnipeg family pleads online for Christmas donations Customer raps bank on debit card fraud 'Santa's reindeer' make some shoppers queasy Trans fat cuts slow at cafeterias: report U.K. priest defends shoplifting sermon Ottawa Senators cut ticket prices Online shoppers in Man. using U.S. mailing address Consumer confidence up after a rocky year Ikea recalls highchairs over choking risk Consumer confidence up after a rocky year Stranded planes can hold passengers for only 3 hours Vicks recalls cold medicine over packaging Ottawa mulls tighter mortgage rules Avoid unlicensed cabs, warns Calgary taxi association Retail sales up 0.8% Police warn of email scam Beaverbrook Foundation closes estate to public Online buyers need protection: security expert Quebec blogger surprises by revealing he's a she Quebec blogger surprises by revealing he's a she HST makes cars cheaper: dealers Dorel car seat recalled after 3 babies injured Toronto telemarketing firm fined $15M for scam Don't shy away from sex toy bill: MP to Aglukkaq Toronto homebuilder fined $240K Rink makes helmets mandatory for all Baby deaths linked to Simplicity cribs rise How to keep some privacy on Facebook Unexpected roaming charges vex consumers All Consumer Headlines »
Toronto homebuilder fined $240K
A husband and wife
homebuilding team has been fined $240,000 by an Toronto court for building and selling four homes after their licence was revoked. Ontario
homebuilding team has been found guilty of 12 counts of illegal building in Toronto . (Tarion) Ontario
George and Melina Tanacs, of Passion Homes Inc., were fined the record amount Dec. 11 after being found guilty of 12 counts of illegal building under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act. It's largest such fine doled out to an
homebuilder. "What started us investigating were complaints about poor customer service," said David Roberts, chief of enforcement for Tarion Warranty Corporation, in an interview Thursday with CBC News. Ontario
Rink makes helmets mandatory for all Unexpected roaming charges vex consumers Gift cards hit #1 on Christmas list Cereal sales up as consumers look for cheap meals Santa more naughty than nice: health expert Gas price jump pushes up inflation rate U.K. to phase out cheques by 2018 Lululemon scolded for linking clothing line to Olympics Thomas the Tank Engine sexist, hierarchical: study All Consumer Headlines »
Unexpected roaming charges vex consumers
Toronto consultant Robert Lendvai, who spent $600 downloading a power-point presentation onto his BlackBerry while vacationing with his family, is among wireless customers who feel their carriers could do more to help consumers cut down on unexpected fees.
Roaming and texting fees can be surprisingly high. (Canadian Press)
It took Robert Lendvai just 20 seconds and $600 to download a power-point presentation onto his BlackBerry while vacationing with his family in the
last March. The Dominican Republic marketing consultant didn't intend to work during the holiday, so didn't make special arrangements with his wireless carrier, Rogers. But a client had made an emergency work request, so he obliged. By his reckoning, $600 for 20 seconds of work was a jackpot return for Toronto . Lendvai could have flown his customer down to hand-deliver the presentation for about the same cost. Rogers
Bell can't make 'most reliable' claim: B.C. court U.K. to phase out cheques by 2018 Lululemon scolded for linking clothing line to Olympics Thomas the Tank Engine sexist, hierarchical: study Shoe retailer Dack's in bankruptcy after 175 years Wind Mobile launches service New payday loan limits don't protect consumers: advocates Carney: Don't be seduced by low interest rates Susan Boyle tops YouTube's most-watched list All Consumer Headlines »
Mass-produced electric car unveiled in Vancouver
Automaker Nissan gave reporters in
a sneak preview Monday of the Leaf – a zero-emissions vehicle powered entirely by electricity that it hopes will revolutionize the drive to work. Vancouver
The Nissan Leaf was put through some paces Monday in
. (CBC) Vancouver
A car that automaker Nissan hopes will revolutionize urban commuting made its Canadian debut in
Monday. The Nissan Leaf is being touted as the first zero-emissions vehicle powered entirely by electricity to be mass-produced by a major car manufacturer. "It's a real car," said Ian Forsyth of Nissan Vancouver . "[It] meets all the safety standards, meets all our internal standards for durability and reliability." Canada
Rogers charges for 'free' text messages Senate changes consumer protection bill Window blinds recalled in U.S. after 5 deaths Online scams dominate BBB branch's Top 10 list November home sales rise 73%: CREA Government spending to fuel growth in 2011: report Sand safer for playground falls: study Winter parking ban irks HRM residents and councillor Musical cards dangerous for young children All Consumer Headlines »
Online scams dominate BBB branch's Top 10 list
The Vancouver-based bureau focused on internet scams this year because they have grown so quickly in number and sophistication. "The main issue is all about consent," spokesman Mark Fernandes said in an interview with CBC News on Monday. "Some of the scams are just a bit of misleading advertising. A lot of the time, the consumer's credit card information is going from one company that they know they're doing business with to another third-party firm that they don't have a relationship with. So it's not one transaction but two."
Government spending to fuel growth in 2011: report Sand safer for playground falls: study Musical cards dangerous for young children Minister urges Senate to pass consumer protection bill Marijuana use among U.S. teens rises Stick to list, shop, go home: credit expert Email scam uses Windsor, Ont. woman's account Tag Heuer sticks with Tiger Woods Girl donates hundreds of socks to shelter All Consumer Headlines »
Globalive says wireless network launch imminent
Upstart wireless company Globalive said it could launch its Wind cellphone network "as early as Monday" in
and Toronto after the federal government approved its ownership structure Friday. Calgary
Anthony Lacavera is the chairman of Globalive, which got approval Friday to become Canada's fourth major mobile phone company after Rogers,
and Telus. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press) Bell
Globalive chairman Anthony Lacavera floated the possible Monday launch date in comments he made to CBC News after a press conference in
on Friday announcing the network. CEO Ken Campbell, who was also at the press conference, was more vague, saying Wind would be available in Toronto and Toronto "very soon." Calgary
Don't ban real Christmas trees: high-rise tenant Depressed woman fails 1st try to recoup benefits Toronto Transit rejects cheating spouse ads Bank of Canada warns of debt peril Struggling ranchers want beef price inquiry Calgary charities offer gift cards Food-tracing programs seriously flawed: U.S. watchdog Warning issued over Heinz baby food Feinberg caps pay of mid-level U.S. execs All Consumer Headlines »
Struggling ranchers want beef price inquiry
The National Farmers Union is asking Ottawa to look into beef pricing, saying ranchers are selling cows and cattle at record low rates even as hamburger prices rise in grocery stores.
The National Farmers
Unionis calling for an inquiry into beef prices. (Canadian Press)
And a separate report by the B.C. government has found ranchers there are struggling and need help to boost their bottom line. "The crisis is now," said B.C. rancher Matt Williams, who grazes 1,600 Angus cattle on 16 hectares of land in Merritt. "We are receiving a significant amount of money less than our costs of operation," Williams said in an interview with CBC News. "And that's every single ranch in operation within
." British Columbia rancher Iain Aitken illustrated the problem, using one of his older breeding cows as an example. In the past, older cows went for a minimum of $700 at auction, but these days they barely fetch $350. However, at the slaughterhouse, where he took this particular cow, it yielded $1,233 worth of hamburger and stew meat. Alberta
Warning issued over Heinz baby food Secret Santas hand out $100 bills in U.S. Arts, cultural attendance on the decline: U.S. report U.S. car imports continue to boom Film box office set to hit new record Higher prices boost Dollarama profits Cadillac Escalades among most stolen vehicles Senate rejects amendments to consumer bill Interest hikes could shock mortgage holders All Consumer Headlines »
Cadillac Escalades among most stolen vehicles
The 2000 Honda Civic SiR two-door was the most frequently stolen vehicle in 2009, followed by the 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV four-door AWD, according to the Insurance Bureau of
Cadillac Escalades proved a popular target among car thieves in 2009. (Associated Press)
The bureau released on Wednesday its annual Top 10 list of most stolen automobiles. Unlike in 2008, thieves targeted more expensive types, with four different models of the Cadillac Escalade making the Top 10 list.
Senate rejects amendents to consumer bill Interest hikes could shock mortgage holders Democracy Watch calls for audit of 'excessive' bank profits Edmonton school gets shorter summer break Baby hammock beds recalled after 2 deaths Brisk sales during Calgary deep freeze Hit toy Mr. Squiggles 'exonerated' in testing mix-up Facebook launches new privacy settings 'Grandparent scam' hits Surrey old-folks home All Consumer Headlines »
Baby hammock beds recalled after 2 deaths
Two infant deaths have led to the recall of about 24,000 Amby Baby Motion Beds marketed to parents of fussy babies with colic or reflux.
Two infant deaths have led to the recall of about 24,000 of these hammock-like beds. (Associated Press)
The beds, made by Amby Baby USA of Minneapolis, look somewhat like a baby swing but have mesh and fabric sides, resembling a hammock. The bed, or hammock, hangs from a spring, and when the baby moves or stirs in his sleep, the bed gently moves up and down, back and forth, or side to side. The idea is to mimic the motion of a baby in the womb.
Hit toy Mr. Squiggles 'exonerated' in testing mix-up Bank of Canada holds steady on rates 'Grandparent scam' hits Surrey old-folks home Ont. Consumer Services not doing enough: auditor RCMP investigates 'pump and dump' fraud ring Housing starts hit 2009 high China leads in auto sales, production Moncton beefs up home inspection bylaw U.S. school supply firm fined over lead levels All Consumer Headlines »
Foreign workers bear the brunt of
Thousands of migrant construction workers have already been sent home
The large numbers of migrant workers in
from Dubai Asiaand the Middle Eastare likely to bear the brunt of the emirate's severe credit problems. For them had offered an escape from poverty in their home countries. Mohammed is from Dubai . He has heard about the financial crisis from newspapers, he tells me. Two of his friends have already lost their jobs. Bangladesh 's construction sector still bears the scars left by the recent global financial crisis. It had been enjoying a boom, financed by borrowed money. By Magdi Abdelhadi, BBC News, Dubai Dubai
Ont. Consumer Services not doing enough: auditor Hit toy Zhu Zhu hamsters called unsafe Moncton beefs up home inspection bylaw U.S. school supply firm fined over lead levels $14M lotto win for Dartmouth family St. John's landlord warns of rental scam Lowe's plans 3 Calgary stores in westward expansion Mail carrier suspected in theft of passport forms Canadian Tire caller in Chatham a scam: police Kids still marketed violent entertainment content: report All Consumer Headlines »
St. John's landlord warns of rental scam
landlord Joe Guiney found himself involved in an internet scam after he posted a condo rental ad on the internet classified site Kijiji.ca. Newfoundland
Renters are always advised to shop locally when it comes to finding apartments online.
Guiney was hoping to find a good tenant for Jan. 1 for his
condo. He became suspicious when he got a call from someone asking if his condo was the same one being advertised on Craigslist, another free internet classified site. "I had only posted the ad on Kijiji, so I was surprised," he told CBC Radio's As It Happens, Thursday. St. John's
Mail carrier suspected in theft of passport forms
"They found a thief among us, which we are not proud of, but he's been identified," said Canada Post spokesman John Caines. "He's been passed over to the police. … Looks like he's been doing this for awhile." Passport
's offices are in Canada . Caines said the man, who no longer works for Canada Post, is expected to be charged with theft in connection with several bags of mail. All of them, including a package of passport applications, have been recovered, Caines said. They were being kept by police for evidence. Gatineau police turned over the names of the victims to Canada Post and Passport Gatineau last week. Canada
St. John's landlord warns of rental scam Kids still marketed violent entertainment content: report Guilty plea in $5.7M lottery fraud Fraud shuts down federal auction website Canada gained surprising 79,000 jobs in November Fuel-efficient vehicles win eco awards Media hurting Earl Jones's chances of fair trial: lawyer Asthma tablets recalled $50M lotto winners share wealth All Consumer Headlines »
Canadian Tire launches $1 coin
Canadian Tire is adding a $1 coin to the famous multicoloured bills considered by many as th
Canadian Tire reward coins are pictured after their launch in
. (Chris Young/Canadian Press) e country's unofficial second currency. Canadian Tire Corp. announced Wednesday it will begin offering the new addition this weekend for a time-limited period. Customers will get the coin if they spend $25 or more. Toronto
'Sexting' common among young people: U.S. poll U.S. toy study finds toxic substances Consumer bill weakened by changes: Aglukkaq Prescription drug kiosks get OK in Ontario New OPP cameras scan licence plates Economy, swine flu top spam topics of 2009 Nova Scotia to ban gift card expiry dates Air Canada voted top North American airline U.S. retail reports suggest sluggish November All Consumer Headlines »
Air Canada voted top North American airline
has been voted the best airline in Canada and the best in Canada North Americaby readers of Global Traveler magazine. The annual survey of the U.S.-based magazine's 25,000 readers polls people on flying, airports and hotels. This year it handed out 60 awards, meaning many airlines got some form of recognition. There were awards for best all-business-class airline, best first-class seat design, and even best airline to Japan (All NipponAirways).
Prescription drug kiosks get OK in Ontario Hand sanitizers work best with scrubbed hands Facebook fine-tunes privacy controls Air Canada to charge some for 2nd checked bag U.S. toy study finds toxic substances Human rights complaint heard over man's chihuahua Ont. car rental agency under fire for extra fees Proposed bylaw gives massage parlour owners the rub Google to limit free access to some news content All Consumer Headlines »
Ont. car rental agency under fire for extra fees
man is speaking out about his experience with a Vancouver car rental company after he was charged hundreds of dollars in fees he said he didn't expect to pay. Toronto
Dave Carman was shocked at his final bill for an Advantage rental car. (CBC)
"I was flabbergasted, to put it mildly," said David Carman. "I thought this is ridiculous. This can't happen. They can't fleece me for this much money." Carman's experience with Advantage Car and Truck Rental began in September, when he went online to book a rental car for a trip to
in early October. Advantage offered the best rate, he said, for a 13-day rental from Toronto 's Toronto . Pearson Airport
Hand sanitizers work best with scrubbed hands Mathematical formula predicts the perfect toy It's looking like a lean Christmas: survey Cheese is the new 'white gold' Amazon's Kindle 'flying off shelves' Canada looks at soy as Omega-3 source Mild November weather delays ski season Windsor moves to outsource parking enforcement Nain plastic bag ban in effect All Consumer Headlines »
Cheese is the new 'white gold'
Dairy has become more expensive than some top cuts of meat in
, and the cost is hitting restaurants and food processors the hardest, says the head of the food services industry. Canada
Dairy has become more expensive than some top cuts of meat in
, says the head of the food services industry (Associated Press) Canada
"A kilogram of cheese is more expensive than a kilogram of steak. A litre of milk is the same price as a litre of orange juice from
," said Garth Whyte, president and CEO of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. Florida
Amazon's Kindle 'flying off shelves' Canada looks at soy as Omega-3 source Partridge in pear tree, five gold rings jump in price Cyber Monday the next shopping rush Early intervention helps autistic toddlers, study says GDP growth signals recession's end Clumsy kids' brains work differently Rogers launches Hulu clone Mechanical hamster an unlikely 'it' toy All Consumer Headlines »
Money for Philippine typhoon victims goes missing
A group of Filipino-Canadians in
are asking questions about a money-transferring company after funds they tried to send to the Montreal disappeared. They were sending the money to family and friends in the Philippines after the area was hit by a series of typhoons in October. The president of the money-transferring company, Go-Remit Inc., has filed a report with Philippines police saying he was robbed. David Nowak sent a letter to his customers promising to pay the money back, though he didn't know how long it would take. About a dozen women stood outside Go-Remit's office in the Montreal neighbourhood of Côte-des-Neiges on Friday. One of the women, Remedius Raquel Yao, said she sent $1,500 to the Montreal , but it never got there. "I actually collected that money from friends, family relatives, and it was specifically for flood victims in my mother's village," Philippines said. "Those people who are actually expecting that money, you kill their spirit, you kill a little bit of that hope," she said. Nowak has been unavailable for comment, but Const. Christian Émond of the Yao police fraud squad confirmed that he had filed a robbery report. Montreal
Canadian retailers try their own Black Friday Mechanical hamster an unlikely 'it' toy Xmas tree rental firms hope to stop waste Cellphones may replace credit cards 'Nortel bill' would protect workers, pensioners Wal-Mart wins at Supreme Court Canada's median age could be 44 by 2030: report Couple worries new parkway will surround their home Russell terrier hunts bedbugs All Consumer Headlines »
Black Friday bargains attract Canadian shoppers
Canadians are flocking to U.S. malls located near the border ahead of the legendary American shopping day known as Black Friday, but they may have to root a little deeper this year to find real bargains.
Black Friday is the busiest shopping day in
. (Associated Press) America
Black Friday falls on the day after American Thanksgiving and is meant to kick off the Christmas shopping season.CBC News visited Bellis Fair mall, located in
, about a 90-minute drive from Bellingham, Wash. , and found a parking lot filled with cars with Canadian licence plates. Vancouver
Rogers cuts 900 jobs Nortel approves more exec raises Toyota recall applies to only a few Canadian cars Cellphones may replace credit cards Crib recall prompts class-action suits Jones's wife denies knowledge of fraud Credit card deals may be misleading: group Rider fans snap up watermelons in Calgary Confidence down despite economic gains: survey All Consumer Headlines »
ID fraud raids not linked to terrorism
Hundreds of police officers have raided locations in the
region and Montreal — including at least three daycares — in a crackdown on international fraud. Ontario
Three Montreal-area daycares were raided on Wednesday. (CBC)
Officials said the raids were part of Operation Pre-Empt, the largest counterfeit document bust in Canadian history. The RCMP said at least 400 officers fanned out in
, Montreal , Longueuil and Laval at Wednesday to execute 39 search warrants. Toronto
Questions, concerns follow record crib recall H1N1 fears hurt play and fitness businesses Crib recall prompts class-action suits Toyota to replace 3.8 million gas pedals Housing affordability takes a hit: report Mental illness costs Canada $33B annually: TD High salt boosts stroke, heart risks Erectile product lacks drug warning Winnipeg math prof loses airline appeal All Consumer Headlines »
Beware Grey Cup ticket scams: police
police are warning the public to watch out for Grey Cup ticket scams. Saskatoon
Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant, celebrates with fans after defeating the
Stampeders to win the CFL Western final in Calgary on Sunday. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press) Regina
Many fans have been scrambling for tickets since Sunday when the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Calgary Stampeders in the West Division final. In a news release, police said they're aware that numerous people are searching for tickets on the internet this week.
Crib anxiety jams Stork Craft website, phones Gatineau casino lets drunk people play, man alleges Banks lost millions on digital cheque project Manitoba firm fined for misleading contests Quebecer's Facebook photo fight a cautionary tale U.S. agency concedes it moved slowly on crib recall 1 in 10 Canadian kids living in poverty: report Baby cribs recalled after 4 deaths Helmets remain optional at Atlantic ski hills All Consumer Headlines »
China executes two over tainted milk powder scandal
Tainted baby milk made thousands of Chinese children ill
has executed two people for their role in a scandal involving tainted milk powder that resulted in six children dying, officials have said. More than 300,000 other infants were made ill from milk powder contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and fertilizer. Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping are the only people to have been executed over the scandal, court officials said. Nineteen other people were sentenced to prison terms. Chinese milk scam duo face death China poisoned-milk families sue China dairies offer text apology China milk scandal 'guilty' plea China
Quebecer's Facebook photo fight a cautionary tale Baby cribs recalled after 4 deaths Manitoba firm fined for misleading contests Retail sales up 1% in September Home daycares use TV as babysitter: U.S. study Dairy farmers pan report boosting free market ID bluefin tuna in sushi bars: researcher Immigrants face wage gap in Canada Bullying is a public health issue: researcher Probe frequent flyer claims: U.S. senator All Consumer Headlines »
Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos
Nathalie Blanchard, shown here on a beach holiday during her sick leave. (Facebook)
woman on long-term sick leave is fighting to have her benefits reinstated after her employer's insurance company cut them, she says, because of photos posted on Facebook. Nathalie Blanchard, 29, has been on leave from her job at IBM in Bromont, Que., for the last year and a half after she was diagnosed with major depression. The Eastern Townships woman was receiving monthly sick-leave benefits from Manulife, her insurance company, but the payments dried up this fall. Quebec
Bullying is a public health issue: researcher
Bullying should be treated as a public health problem, says the Canadian lead researcher of an international study. (iStock) Bullying should be considered a public health problem and governments should adopt national strategies against it, says a Canadian professor who led a study of bullying in 40 countries. The study, led by Wendy Craig of Queen's University, involved more than 202,000 children aged 11 to 15 in
North America, Europeand . It was published this month in the International Journal of Public Health. Israel
Early Canadian stamps auction nets $3.2M US Susan Boyle album racks up record pre-orders online Bankruptcies soar 43% Net erupts over video of fish eaten alive Richest Canadians get richer J.M. Smucker profits soar as fewer dine out Movie theatre popcorn salt, fat get thumbs down Pet diabetes drug unpredictable, Health Canada warns All Consumer Headlines »
How on earth do we still have devils like this live amongst civil society?
Francis Murphy was jailed for 12 years for the attempted murder
Judge blasts 'medieval barbarity' of eyeball gouger A man who gouged out a woman's eye and threw it from an eighth-floor balcony has been jailed for attempted murder. Francis Murphy, 26, was convicted at the High Court in
of using a metal coat hanger to prise out the eye of 27-year-old Natalie Farrell in May. Judge John Morris QC told Murphy his crime was almost "medieval" in its barbarity and would make a right-thinking person "recoil in horror". Murphy, from Edinburgh Dundee, was jailed for 12 years.
Flaherty seeks voluntary changes to card fees Computer glitch disrupts U.S. flights Net erupts over video of fish eaten alive Richest Canadians get richer Movie theatre popcorn salt, fat get thumbs down Ontario reviews flat-screen TV standards 'Free' internet auction kit anything but: FTC Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos Ford tops safe-car rankings Ex-student off hook for $50K in loans All Consumer Headlines »
Live like a hamster for $150 a night
A French apartment is giving people the opportunity to live like a hamster in a specially designed rental home that features a running wheel and a crate made of hay.
A French rental home is giving guests a chance to live like a hamster in a room that boasts a crate of hay to sleep on and a human-size hamster wheel. (Associated Press)
The Villa Hamster, located in
in western Nantes , was the brainchild of Yann Falquerho, a 42-year-old scenographer, who felt the hotel industry had missed out on the little-known animal-transformation niche. Sometimes, people really do just want to live like their caged pets, was his reasoning. France
Ford tops safe-car rankings Fraudsters still using cheque website: FTC Lead found in some Disney and Barbie toys Madoff 'toys' fetch $1.2M at auction California considers banning power-hungry TVs Net erupts over video of fish eaten alive Calgary family negotiates homework ban Harlequin invites writers with self-publishing venture Kindle comes to Canada without browser All Consumer Headlines »
Harlequin invites writers with self-publishing venture
Harlequin Enterprises Inc. has teamed up with a leading self-publisher that allows aspiring authors to put their own romance novels in print.
Harlequin Enterprises has launched a self-publishing division for romance novels. (Associated Press)
The new division, Harlequin Horizons, is a partnership with U.S.-based Author Solutions, a world leader in the self-publishing industry. The self-published novels won't be sold under the Harlequin brand, but Harlequin, which sells about 1,500 romances every year, is hoping it could become a grooming ground for future authors. Do you want to try your skill in writing? Go to http://www.harlequinhorizons.com
Kindle comes to Canada without browser Toy testing council announces top picks Teen texting and driving common: U.S. study Agency investigating finances stores personal info too long: audit Teethers recalled after possible contamination Madoff's yacht, boats up for auction Coke unveils bottle partially made from plants Quebec spending $650M to cut waste Bus seatbelts proposed in U.S. All Consumer Headlines »
War-torn nations 'most corrupt'
War-torn nations, such as
and Afghanistan , remain the world's most corrupt, Transparency International says. Iraq
Corruption can take money away from hospitals in places like
, says TI Iraq
War-torn nations remain the world's most corrupt, Transparency International (TI) has said.
, Afghanistan and Iraq are the lowest-ranked countries in TI's annual global survey. They were all at the bottom of the list last year as well. Afghan force to fight corruption US seeks Afghan 'bribery court' Corruption costs $1.6tn, UN says Somalia
Teen texting and driving common: U.S. study Charitable donations down 5.3% in 2008 Homes sales to beat 2009 forecast: CREA RRSP contributions fell in 2008 Carriage fees dominate CRTC hearing Calgary ponders pesticide rules $81M Windsor energy plant could be worthless Coke unveils bottle partially made from plants N. Mexico medical pot proceeds with caution Food summit offers thin pledges to hungry All Consumer Headlines »
Air Canada introduces legroom fee
will start charging extra for passengers who want more legroom, and while it may seem unfair to tall people, it doesn't violate any human rights, a civil liberties lawyer says. The new fees will start at $14 per one-way trip for those wanting to sit in an exit row or a bulkhead seat at the front of an airplane section. Costs will vary by length of flight, fare class and the customer's Aeroplan status. The service will be available on any Air Canada or Jazz flight. Canada
Maclaren stroller recall extended to Canada Santa, with hand sanitizer, is coming to town Home inspector must pay $192,000 Travellers facing higher fees: Jazz Mega Brands turns corner after toy recall Firm that sold fake stop-smoking patches settles Call of Duty sets sales record American fined for buying P.E.I. land Cape Breton's Cabot Trail makes Top 10 list All Consumer Headlines »
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