Keep Safe on the Internet

September 11, 2009 on 8:33 am | In Consumer Protection | No Comments

This is important advise that, when followed, can keep you safe online.

Use these nine safety tips to invest safely on the Internet:

1. Protect your personal information.

2. Don’t click on links in e-mails.

3. Use secure sites for online banking and investing.

4. Ignore junk e-mail.

5. Protect your computer.

6. Use information and advice only from registered sources.

7. Don’t always believe what you read online.

8. Don’t buy thinly traded, little-known securities based only on what you read online.

9. Don’t let anyone sell you products when you only asked for information.

Phishing: a growing problem

Phishing involves both a request for personal information and a link for you to follow. According to Industry Canada, 18 million phishing e-mails were distributed in 2004. It is estimated that phishers are able to fool up to 5% of recipients. Here’s how it works:

* First, you get an e-mail from what seems like a legitimate financial institution (or an online shopping service such as PayPal or eBay). It asks you to verify your personal information by clicking on a link.
* The e-mails often say that there has been a “breach of security” or that they’ve “launched a new website.” They say it’s urgent that you confirm your login, account and/or credit card details.
* If you click on the link, you will be sent to a Web page that looks nearly the same as the company’s real website. But it’s not! It’s a fake page that the scam artists have designed to trick you into giving them your account, credit card, or identity details.

Learn how to protect yourself from phishing and other forms of online fraud.

Tip: If you suspect you have been targeted by a phishing attack, report it immediately to the financial institution in question. Most of the financial institutions that have been used as bait by phishers now have security warnings on their websites and hotlines where you can report such attacks. Also, report it to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, a global, pan industrial and law enforcement association committed to wiping out Internet scams and fraud.

For the full article, see the Globe and Mail website here

Another inspiring Person – Susan Boyle

April 17, 2009 on 12:27 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

I see a match made in heaven.  She could marry Paul Potts 😉

Welcome Susan Boyle to the world!

Jingle Bombs

November 19, 2008 on 10:44 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments


The new Canadian DO NOT CALL List is coming September 30th

September 3, 2008 on 7:11 pm | In Consumer Protection | No Comments

September 3, 2008

Starting September 30, residential wireline and consumer wireless customers who want to reduce unsolicited telemarketing calls can register Canadian telephone numbers (home phone, mobile and fax) on a new National Do Not Call List (NDNCL). There is no charge to register on the NDNCL.

People who register on the DNCL can expect to receive a reduced number of unsolicited telemarketing calls. Telemarketers are also required to maintain their own do not call lists, which people must register on separately to reduce or avoid calls.

The NDNCL rules do not apply to a telemarketing calls made to business customers.

You can register your numbers on the NDNCL in one of the following ways:

Phone 1-866-580-DNCL (3625)
TTY device 1-888-362-5889
Fax 1-888-362-5329

Numbers registered on the NDNCL will be added within 24 hours but telemarketers will have 31 days to update their telemarketing calling lists. So you could continue to receive telemarketing calls up to a month following registration.

Will customers still receive telemarketing calls after the 31-day period?

Possibly because some calls are exempt from the NDNCL rules, including some calls from:

  • Registered charities
  • Political parties
  • Nomination contestants, leadership contestants or candidates of a political party
  • Opinion polling firms or market research firms conducting surveys when the call does not involve the sale of a product or service
  • Newspapers calling for the purpose of selling a subscription
  • Businesses that have an existing relationship with the customer

Groups exempt from the NDNCL (except for those collecting information for a survey) are required to keep their own do not call lists.

What do customers do if they get calls after they are on the NDNCL?

They can lodge a complaint online or by calling 1-866-580-DNCL (3625), providing:

  • Their telephone number
  • Name and/or number of the telemarketer
  • Date of the telemarketing call
  • Nature of the complaint
  • If it was a fax, a copy of the fax

The complaint must be filed within 14 days of receiving the telemarketing call. An investigator will follow up and determine if the rules have been broken.

CRTC definitions

  • Telemarketing means the use of telecommunications facilities to make unsolicited telecommunications for the purpose of solicitation
  • Solicitation means the selling or promoting of a product or service, or the soliciting of money or money’s worth, whether directly or indirectly and whether on behalf of another person. This includes solicitation of donations by or on behalf of charitable organizations

Air Canada

August 14, 2008 on 5:42 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Today I travelled to Montreal with Air Canada.  Again, what a disaster.  My 7am flight was delayed because the plane had an oil leak in one of the generators.  We finally deplaned and guessed were to find the new plane, a flight now scheduled for 8:30am.  After boarding the replacement aircraft they announced that they did not have any food on board, not the end of the world.  Then came the typical Air Canada crap, the plane had a problem with a noise in the cockpit and was being looked at by maintenance.  Finally at 9:20am my 7:00am flight left Toronto.  I have experienced a 50% chance on being on time with Air Canada.  Absolutely unacceptable.  Fly Westjet!

Facebook / My Space

May 16, 2008 on 10:53 am | In Rants | 1 Comment

So I ask myself, What is the deal with facebook?  Why would people share there personal information so freely?  Why is having a myspace page deemed “cool”.

When we have new privacy laws in this country to protect our personal information, we at the same time feel in necessary to share our personal details with the world.

I welcome your comments on this…..

The comedy of Russel Peters

April 26, 2008 on 11:32 am | In Humour | No Comments

Russel Peters is a Canadian from Brampton Ontario. Very Funny!


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Akmed the Dead Terrorist

April 21, 2008 on 12:04 pm | In Humour, Photos & Videos | No Comments

Infidel humor by Jeff Dunham. This guy is hysterical! I will include some other clips of his act.


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A surprising 6 Year Old

April 19, 2008 on 7:28 pm | In Inspiration | No Comments

Connie is adorable and talented!


Paul Potts – Behind the mask of shy

April 18, 2008 on 2:40 am | In Inspiration | 1 Comment

“A little lump of coal that is going to turn into a diamond”

Very Inspiring!!! Watch Simon’s Facial expressions!!


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