Alberta gets 2nd grid alert in 3 days as mercury drops

Alberta gets 2nd grid alert in 3 days as mercury drops

For the second time in a week, Alberta’s electricity system controllers issued a warning that the grid is under extra stress. In the grid alert posted on social media, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) said “cold temperatures, low wind and generation challenges” prompted an alert just before 5 pm on Thursday. “Albertans may see … Read more

Alberta couple square off against payment system Square after losing out on $3,300 in sales

Alberta couple square off against payment system Square after losing out on ,300 in sales

An Alberta couple is calling out a popular payment system after it says it lost out on thousands of dollars in sales. Cochrane seniors Allen and Judy Kalas told Global News they believe dozens of payments were processed incorrectly by Square Canada, a service that helps small businesses process credit card payments. The end result … Read more

Calgary company caught in ‘dead zone’ calls for action from Telus – Calgary

Calgary company caught in ‘dead zone’ calls for action from Telus – Calgary

A Calgary company has joined the call for better cellphone service after months of no service and repeated dropped calls. C Mac Mechanical Ltd. told Global News that its cellphone service with Telus has been spotty since it moved into its current location 15 years ago, but it’s been virtually non-existent since September. Read more: … Read more

Why anti poverty researchers bristle at holiday appeals for food bank donations

Why anti poverty researchers bristle at holiday appeals for food bank donations

Campaigns for food bank donations are a staple of the holiday season, but some Canadian food insecurity researchers say the appeals can be tough to swallow. Josh Smee, the executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador-based non-profit Food First NL, says he tends to feel conflicted during the holidays when calls ramp up to donate … Read more

Airbnb plans to fix cleaning fees. A look at how that would work – National

Airbnb plans to fix cleaning fees.  A look at how that would work – National

Pretty much everyone hates Airbnb cleaning fees — those pesky charges tacked on to your vacation rental bill that supposedly cover the costs to get the place ready for the next visitors. Travelers don’t like the expense, and hosts don’t like charging them, either. Dennis Shirshikov, an Airbnb host who owns a rental property in … Read more

Health Canada issues recall for over 10,000 Elfe Juvenile teethers – National

Health Canada issues recall for over 10,000 Elfe Juvenile teethers – National

Health Canada has ordered Elfe Juvenile Products to recall its Nûby 3-Pack Ring Chill kool Soother Teether due to bacteria contamination. According to an alert issued by the agency on Wednesday, the affected products were sold between March and November 2022 and were contaminated with the bacteria Bacillus cereus, Health Canada‘s sampling and evaluation program … Read more

Half of variable mortgage holders with fixed payments have hit trigger rate: BoC – National

Half of variable mortgage holders with fixed payments have hit trigger rate: BoC – National

The Bank of Canada estimates half of Canadian homeowners who took out a variable-rate mortgage with fixed payments have already hit their trigger rate. Hitting a trigger rate means a mortgage holder is no longer paying down any principal on their loan and is only covering interest — a key point that can prompt the … Read more

‘Greed has taken over’: Why forced financing has some consumers driving away from buying a vehicle

‘Greed has taken over’: Why forced financing has some consumers driving away from buying a vehicle

After waiting months to find an electric vehicle, Vancouver residents Dan West and Bryan Balmer thought the search was finally over. They saw an advertised for a used 2020 Volkswagen E-Golf and arrived at the local dealership to take it for a test drive. However, the joy of getting behind a new set of wheels … Read more

Sunwing travelers stranded in Mexico demand answers, compensation

Sunwing travelers stranded in Mexico demand answers, compensation

Some travelers with Sunwing are demanding answers and some money back after what they call a nightmare trip full of delays and cancellations. Megan Hunter contacted Global News on Sunday after her flight from Puerto Vallarta to Calgary was cancelled. But the Okotoks, Alta., resident said the problems actually began on the trip out. Hunter … Read more

A ‘perfect storm’ has more Canadians surrendering pets. Here’s how to help – National

A ‘perfect storm’ has more Canadians surrendering pets.  Here’s how to help – National

As the cost of living continues to increase across the country, more and more Canadians are surrendering their pets — and shelters are beginning to reach capacity. “The economic stress that’s coming, and is getting worse, is putting people at risk of not knowing what to do, where to turn and how to get help, … Read more