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Prepare for higher heating bills this winter
A rise in natural gas prices will likely cause many of us to pay more for our heating bills this winter.
A marriage of factors in North America and Europe – from summer storms to a shortage of overseas supplies – has contributed to the sharp rise in the price of fossil fuels.
Martin King, senior analyst at RBN Energy, said the spot price of natural gas in Alberta was around $ 4.80 per gigajoule on Thursday morning.
This may be a boon for natural gas producers, but it is a setback for consumers, who will face higher gas bills at a time when they are already paying more for housing, the transportation and food. Read more
Do you think a $ 1,500 apartment is affordable? Ottawa does
Think you know what is the definition of an affordable rental? You might want to think again.
As part of the federal government’s $ 25 billion rental construction finance initiative, many developers have received favorable government loans in exchange for pledges to include affordable housing in their buildings.
But a CBC News analysis of data on 130 low-cost government loans – some exceeding $ 300 million – found that in more than half of those cases, average affordable rents are higher, or should be higher, than what most tenants currently pay in the city or town where the project is located.
In Birch Meadows in Moncton, for example, the average affordable rent is $ 1,500. That’s much higher than the city’s average rent last year of $ 880.
âIt’s a cruel joke,â said Aditya Rao, lawyer and organizer of the New Brunswick Coalition for Tenant Rights. “We know that people who try to rent have a hard time.” Read more
WestJet and Air Canada are struggling to meet growing demand. Now they are asking for volunteers
An increase in summer travel has forced Canada’s two largest airlines to ask their staff to volunteer at airports to overcome staffing issues – a move that creates a setback for unions.
In an email to all employees, WestJet described how rapid passenger growth is causing operational problems at several airports, including its flagship airport in Calgary.
“Growing pains of recovery require hand on deck,” read the post, which included an open call for all staff to sign up as volunteers to assist guests requiring wheelchair assistance. driving to Calgary International Airport.
Meanwhile, Air Canada needed additional staff at Toronto Pearson Airport as “airport partners are overloaded beyond their capacity, which has resulted in significant flight cancellations and missed connections,” reads -on in an internal note.
Unifor, which represents customer service agents at Canada’s two major airlines, said its members were unhappy with the call for volunteers and the union was unhappy that there had not been warning or prior conversation. Read more
Bogus job scams on the rise during pandemic, BBB says
Be careful about the job search, says the Better Business Bureau.
According to the organization, many incidents start with crooks posing as recruiters and making unsolicited offers for job postings online or over the phone.
This can lead to a bogus interview or job offer and then attempts to obtain personal and financial information, the organization said in a press release.
Wes Lafortune, media and communications specialist at the Calgary BBB, estimates that thousands of these scams occur every year across the country and can result in millions of dollars in losses.
âThey pretend to be recruiters and start talking to you about ‘We have a job, looks like you would be perfect for this’ and they build a relationship with you,â he said.
The BBB has also published a list of tips on how to protect yourself from potential job scams, including always being cautious about sharing your personal and financial information. Read more
What else is going on?
With lumber prices falling, maybe now is the time to start this DIY project.
After record highs earlier this year, lumber prices have fallen back to earth.
The Richest, The Greener: Why Trees Are More Common in Wealthy Neighborhoods
There is a strong correlation between low income areas and fewer trees. What can we do about it?
Most countries, including Canada, are far from having plans to tackle climate change, report says
Canada’s actions are “grossly insufficient” while those of the United States are “insufficient”, according to Climate Action Tracker.
Teak shower benches recalled due to fall hazard
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled benches and return them to Costco for a full refund.
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