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The consumer interest in trade and how it’s conducted, and whether the public interest is fully considered, will only get effective expression through consumer groups in the future, as a consequence of today’s decision in New Brunswick v. Comeau.

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The Consumers Council of Canada has released a letter sent to first and finance ministers, in which it joins with FAIR Canada and CARP in expressing its concern about the potential for a compromise of investor and consumer protection inherent in some proposals for the cooperative capital markets regulator.

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The Consumers Council of Canada has advocated recently for firm action on unsolicited, door-to-door sales, new protection for users of alternative financial services such as payday loans and definition of qualifications, with licensing, for home inspectors. The Ontario government took action in all three areas through its Putting Consumers First Act passed April 10, 2017.

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Research for Consumers Council of Canada finds rent-to-own transactions are an expensive way for consumers to acquire merchandise, with periodic payments typically totalling 2 to 3.5 times the price of the same goods at conventional retailers.

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A board of directors and executive officers have been chosen to lead the Consumers Council of Canada in 2016-17. Don Mercer has returned to the board after a two-year hiatus from the role and has been named President. Three new board members were named.

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