COMMUNITY RESOURCES

RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee

The RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC) plays an essential role in shaping how the RCMP supports young persons. It bring together youth from all over Canada to discuss important issues that they face in their communities. The NYAC provides valuable input to RCMP policies, programs and strategies. The RCMP National Youth Advisory Committee is […]

CRA Scam

Police say a 58-year-old woman received a phone call on Wednesday afternoon from someone claiming to be from the agency, who said she owed $6,000 in taxes and there was a warrant for her arrest. The woman was contacted again by a person claiming to be with the RCMP and he convinced her to give […]

Liquor

Don’t Drink It! How to Avoid Fake Liquor Scams

It seems there’s a flourishing trade in fake liquor, especially bourbons and vodkas.   Counterfeits are turning up in all types of places, including hotels, retail stores and even airport duty-free shops.   Some of this fake booze can be downright dangerous, containing methanol, instead of ethanol, and other harmful chemicals that can result in […]

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Watch Your Lenses

If you’re a photo enthusiast and like to travel with a lot of gear, watch out for thieves who feel equally enthusiastic about it.   They generally operate as a group of up to five or six people who rush up to you and seem to want to show you something.   They hold a […]

Fake Hotels and Rentals

Who knew there so many ways of parting a tourist and his money?  Although we’ve written about fake hotel bookings and vacation rentals before, the scam has risen at such an alarming rate during the past couple of years, it’s worth repeating the warning.   The scam usually takes the form of someone advertising a […]

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Hotel Card Skimming

GoBear also reports on the increasing use of skimmers at some hotels.   You hand over your credit card to pay a bill and, in addition to running it through the hotel card reader, the employee also passes it through a small pocket device, which reads and stores all your card information.   This may […]

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Double Room Service Charge

This one was reported by the consumer finance site GoBear.com.   You’re settling in to your vacation hotel. Why not order room service and get into relaxation mode right now? A hotel employee delivers your order and asks you to sign a confirmation slip. But then he announces that this hotel doesn’t allow you to […]

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Another Potential Phone Scam

If it happens in the US it won’t take long for it to come to Canada. The U.S. Social Security Administration won’t be phoning you to tell you about a computer glitch that’s mixed up your Social Security number and that they need you to confirm the number.  It’s a scam so just hang up.

Homefront held up as shining light of support services

A Calgary-based program supporting victims of domestic violence is more than happy to share 18 years of knowledge to help establish a similar system in Edmonton, the organization’s boss says. “This is not something you want to hide,” Homefront Calgary executive director Maggie MacKillop said Thursday. “This is something you share.” The program was identified […]