Payday loan industry dislikes title of NDP's 'Act to End Predatory Lending'

The payday loan industry was blindsided by Alberta's plan to introduce new legislation to regulate it, and isn't happy with the NDP government's contention that it practices "predatory lending."

Posted:
March 10, 2016
Article source:
Calgary Herald

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 26 February 2016 Special Edition: Ontario Budget 2016

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's special edition of their bulletin includes the government's news release, reaction and analysis from around the province, and select media coverage.

Posted:
February 26, 2016
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Ontario Government Partners With Airbnb on New Pilot Project

The pilot project aims to raise awareness about homeowners' and consumers' rights and responsibilities when offering or booking online accommodations. 

Posted:
February 24, 2016
Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario

Hamilton cracks down on payday loan operations

Payday loans businesses will have to get a $750 license, post payday loan interest rates, show comparative bank interest rates in their businesses, and provide debt counselling information.

Posted:
February 17, 2016
Article source:
Hamilton Community News

Digital divide: Is high-speed internet access a luxury or a right?

The Affordable Access Coalition, made up of public policy, consumer advocate, and anti-poverty organizations, is asking the CRTC to subsidize internet access for low-income and rural Canadians.

Posted:
February 11, 2016
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

ISAC's Media & Policy News: 5 February 2016

The Income Security Advocacy Centre's bulletin includes news, updates, reports, and events from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

Posted:
February 05, 2016
Article source:
Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC)

Consumer Alert: OEB Warns Consumers of a Possible Scam

The Ontario Energy Board says the OESP application and approval process doesn't require a home visit, and OEB staff don't conduct home audits, check furnaces, or install equipment.

Posted:
February 04, 2016
Article source:
Ontario Energy Board

Ontario Government Investing $100 Million to Create Jobs and Help Homeowners Save Energy

The program will help about 37,000 homeowners conduct audits to identify energy-saving opportunities and then complete retrofits, e.g., replacing furnaces, water heaters, and upgrading insulation.

Posted:
February 04, 2016
Article source:
Government of Ontario - ServiceOntario

Anti-poverty advocates call for affordable Internet

The high cost of home Internet services is taking a bite out of food budgets for low-income Canadians, a new survey shows.

Posted:
February 02, 2016
Article source:
Toronto Star

Reasonable Doubt: Revenge porn and cyber-exploitation are an invasion of privacy

A recent judgment awarded $140,000 to a woman after her former boyfriend posted an intimate video of her on a porn site.

Posted:
February 01, 2016
Article source:
NOW