"We support the call for postal banking in communities so people can receive the assistance they need in ways that will help them get out of financial difficulty, not put them further under." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"They say they are helping people who can't get help anywhere else. We need to ensure that people with poor credit, debt and low incomes have real alternatives to get assistance, rather than being handed a shovel to keep digging." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Members of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now Canada (ACORN) in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia held actions to highlight the need for affordable access to the Internet.
The first in the Smart Money: Consumer self-defense for times like these, The Real Cost of Communicating is a 12-page pamphlet detailing the struggles consumers are having with the telecommunications industry as well as their own government in Ottawa. The Smart Money series provides straightforward yet critical information on issues like these that families face today — and advice on how the public can fight back.
Another pamphlet in the NUPGE series: Smart Money: Consumer self-defense for times like these. Scavengers in the debt crisis exposes the predatory nature of the Pay Day Loan industry in Canada. The piece explains the regulations by province, if any, to ensure readers understand what the companies can charge.
The third piece in the consumer advocacy series Smart Money: Consumer self-defense for times like these. Surviving the Credit Crunch takes a look at the debt load of Canadians as they try to recover from the 2008 recession. Debt is at an all-time high for Canadians and corportions are making a killing from us. From the gouging interest rates charged by banks and credit card companies to ever-rising ATM fess to predatory loans, this publication lays out the problems but also provides way people can fight back.
Why are Canadians charged some of the highest fees in the world which provide for some of the highest revenues while having some of the lowest rates of cell phone usage? Why is the government standing idly by refusing to play a role in regulating this industry?
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