Wendy Mesley, for metro canada

Don’t get shocked by energy salesmen

In an investigation, CBC News: Marketplace has exposed the tactics used by door-to-door salespeople working for some big energy companies.Most everyone has heard complaints about sales agents selling contracts for natural gas and electricity, and using their powers of persuasion to get you to sign...

Friday, March 20, 2009, 6:30 AM

How not to get had by high pressure sales tactics

Like any commodity, electricity and natural gas prices go up and down with the markets. In some provinces, you have a choice when it comes to who will supply your power - a public or a private utility. Ontario and Alberta have deregulated both utilities, and in Manitoba and B.C., you can pick your...

Friday, March 20, 2009, 6:30 AM

Beware bad breeders

When Michelle Dean bought a Pomeranian puppy, she was expecting a happy, healthy dog. Instead, Dean ended up with more than $10,000 in vet bills. Her puppy had a parasitic infection, needed leg surgery and now, at just three years old, is slowly going blind.The pet store promised Dean that her...

Friday, March 6, 2009, 5:37 PM

Tips for finding the perfect puppy

Looking for the perfect puppy? Here are some tips to keep in mind when setting out to find your new best friend:Know ahead of time what size, temperament and breed of dog suits you and your home environment. You can partially project the amount of care, attention and exercise a dog will need based...

Friday, March 6, 2009, 3:29 PM

Easy money offers may prove costly

Who doesn’t want to make more money? Especially these days. So the offer to make easy cash is tempting. And that’s what a company called BIM (Business in Motion) is offering. We found out first hand when we went inside: join their organization, and you could make serious dollars, and get dream...

Friday, February 6, 2009, 6:30 AM

Housing hidden troubles

Buying a new house is probably the biggest purchase you will ever make. It’s supposed to come with peace of mind, both financially and structurally. But some Canadians who bought new homes during the housing boom are just now finding out that new doesn’t always mean trouble-free. And that could be...

Friday, January 9, 2009, 6:40 AM