Consumer

Inflation rate rises to 2.4%

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 | 7:02 am

Canada's annual inflation rate climbed to 2.4 per cent in October, its highest level in two years, as consumers felt the sting of higher prices for gasoline, cars, shelter and food.

The rate is up from 1.9 per cent in September,…

Melting vinyl siding vexes homeowners

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 | 7:01 am

Several Calgary homeowners say reflected sunshine is causing their vinyl siding to melt.

The phenomenon happens when some types of reflective glass — often double-paned, energy efficient windows — bounce sunlight onto the siding, usually from an adjacent house, according to…

Canada's consumer prices rise 2.4%

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 | 5:46 am

Canada's consumer prices rose 2.4 per cent in the 12 months to October, the largest increase since October 2008.

The increase follows a 1.9 per cent hike in September, Statistics Canada said in a release Tuesday.

About half of the 0.5-percentage-point increase…

Mexican resort closure causes travel scramble

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 | 1:46 pm

Tour operators are scrambling to accommodate travellers left in the lurch by a Nov. 14 explosion, and then Saturday's closure of the 676-room Grand Riviera Princess resort at Playa Del Carmen.

“It's a traumatic time,” Sunwing's marketing vice-president Daryl McWilliams told…

Pain relief of childhood shots focus of guide

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 | 1:46 pm

Parents and health-care providers can take several steps to help reduce the pain of childhood immunizations, new Canadian guidelines say.

Vaccinations are the most common source of children's pain in health care, the researchers said.

Studies suggest that up to 25 per…

Ipad, iPhone get new features with OS update

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 | 10:02 am

A free operating system update for the iPad will provide it with new abilities such as multitasking and streaming movies to Apple TV.

“OS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve…

Rogers faces $10M fine over dropped-call ads

Saturday, November 20th, 2010 | 8:31 am

The Competition Bureau is seeking a penalty of $10 million against Rogers Communications Inc. for ads claiming that its discount cellphone and text service, Chatr, has fewer dropped calls than its new competitors.

The bureau announced Friday that it has begun…

Hotel doormen charged with extorting Montreal cabbies

Friday, November 19th, 2010 | 3:31 pm

Six doormen at Montreal's landmark Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel have been charged with extortion, intimidation and conspiracy for allegedly forcing taxi drivers to give them money in exchange for better-paying fares.

The hotel has suspended the doormen, who were arrested on…

Airport security in North a concern: expert

Friday, November 19th, 2010 | 2:16 pm

Airport security may be tightening up across Canada, but people flying within the northern territories do not face any screening, worrying a security expert who warns terrorists could use the North as an entry point.

Currently, airline passengers flying from Iqaluit,…

Montreal hotel doormen charged with extortion

Friday, November 19th, 2010 | 9:31 am

Six doormen at Montreal's landmark Fairmount Queen Elizabeth Hotel have been charged with extortion for allegedly forcing taxi drivers to give them money in exchange for better-paying fares.

The hotel has suspended the doormen, who were arrested on Tuesday, pending the…