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Air Canada compensates passenger for lost bag

Vishal Shah recently contacted Go Public after he received a check from Air Canada compensating him for valuables lost during his trip to India.  

He went public last month when the airline lost $2,000 worth of valuables he had in his carry-on bag after he was forced to check it in while boarding his flight because there was no more room in the overhead bins.

Here's a snippet of his message:

"Firstly, big thanks to you and your team.  I received compensation from Air Canada, $1,916.18 in [the] form of [a] check...  It is a great initiative taken by you and your team.  I really appreciate it.  I hope it will be great lesson for Air Canada and that no other passenger will go through the same trouble in the future."

Go Public gets results

Shortly after osteoarthritis patient Julie Bennett went public about spending over a year in agony waiting for an appointment for hip surgery, she finally got a call to see her local surgeon. She was told she was now at the top of the wait list and she would have a firm date for surgery by the end of March.

"It's really hard to believe this nightmare will be coming to an end for me," she wrote.  "I think what we did (going public) shook up the local bureaucratic establishment, and I am hopeful my coming forward will help others.  I have every intention of speaking out and trying to help others until we are at the point that this will never happen to any one else again."

Calgary woman comes home with her Syrian husband

The Go Public team heard today from Anya Sass, a Calgary woman, and her Syrian husband, Habib Alibrahim, who were living in a dangerous suburb on the outskirts of Damascus.  They had to wait 24 months to process his sponsorship papers to come to Canada as her spouse.  They went public when their pleas to the government to expedite their application due to the escalating danger in that country fell on deaf ears.

Just two months after our story aired in September, Alibrahim was granted permanent residency.  They arrived on the weekend, just in time for the holidays:

"Just wanted to send you an update that we have arrived in Canada!  We landed in Calgary last Saturday.  We're still adjusting, but so far so good.  Thanks again to you both for all your help!"

Suspended lawyer's client offered compensation for $25,000 loss

Just days after Angelika Opic went public with Kathy Tomlinson, the Law Society of Upper Canada completed its review of Opic's complaint against suspended lawyer Michael Munro and recommended $25,000 in compensation.  Opic had hired the Toronto lawyer and paid him as much to contest her mother's will, only to find out that he was already facing serious charges of misconduct.  Read our story here.

Film company accused of foreign worker fraud blacklisted

After Payam Bakht and Sareh Aminian "Go Public", Service Canada put Parvaz Film Corporation on the list of companies found to have broken temporary foreign worker rules.  The actors were charged $15,000 for jobs that turned out to be non-existent.  We received this email from Mojdeh Shahriah, the immigration lawyer who first reported the allegations of immigration fraud against Parvaz films to the CBSA more than nine months ago:

"Thanks to your investigative report, Service Canada followed up on this case with my office and I just saw that Parvaz Film Corporation is now on the list of companies suspended or revoked by Service Canada."

 Read our Go Public story

Employment and Social Development Employer Blacklist

Call for action for adults with disabilities

Following Go Public's story about an autistic man confined to a hospital without appropriate care, Monique Taylor,  MPP for Hamilton Mountain and NDP member of the Select Committee on Developmental Services, issued the following statement:


"The heartbreaking story of the Spagnuolo family is sadly very much in line with what the Select Committee on Developmental Services has been hearing from families across the province... We know that this government has been failing to meet the needs of some of Ontario's most vulnerable people. The fact that the government is indeed paying well over $1,000 a day, but will not provide funding for appropriate and likely more inexpensive care, is disturbing... Surely, the government does not need a detailed report to realize that this family is in crisis and that the care this young man needs would be better delivered closer to home and in a more appropriate setting."  


Tradesman goes public and gets paid

From B.C. drywaller Scott Payne, and his wife, Julia, after they went public about being "stiffed" by his general contractor for renovations done for Pet Valu.  As a result of Go Public's enquiries, the national pet store chain pledged to pay for all outstanding invoices:

"All of the comments on your web page give us a small idea of how many people have had this kind of situation affect their lives. It's really too bad to hear how many people have not been as lucky as us. On the positive note, we have to be grateful for the opportunity that has come to us, because of both of you. You worked like wildfire! And accomplished so much in such a short period of time. Thank you so much. I really hope that this will be another step closer to providing fairness and protection for the little guys who need to work so hard to get ahead, while putting their security on the line, with the possibility of loosing the shirt off their back, in doing so. Being paid by Pet Valu will make such a difference for us, and it would not have happened without you..."

Filipina student in Canada thanks to Go Public

From Blesida Calusa, a Filipina nurse whose visa to study in Canada was initially denied due to an error made at the Canadian Embassy Manila.  As a result of our story, Calusa's case was re-opened and her visa approved:
"What a snowy great day it is today! I want to thank you for helping us out with the visa application. Finally, I'm here in Canada. It is a very nice place with wonderful people around...
I was so happy when I saw my sister and our friend Mocha at the airport. It was like a dream at that moment. John and Janice were very happy when they heard I arrived here in Halifax. They gave me a bouquet of lovely flowers through my sister.
From our whole family, once again THANK YOU SO MUCH KATHY! You are a blessing indeed."

Go Public helps long-time resident become Canadian

From Gerd Nitzek, a long-time permanent resident in Canada, who wrote to Go Public in frustration over red tape that was blocking him from obtaining Canadian citizenship:

I received a Notice to Appear - to take the Oath of Citizenship on Nov, 22, 2013, from the Vancouver Citizenship Office.

Thanks to you and your team's efforts, another successful outcome of your outstanding program "Go Public".

Read his story

Call for change to protect unpaid interns

From Chantel Moran, a friend of Andy Ferguson, the intern who died in a car accident after his overnight shift:

"I just wanted to say thank you for all your efforts in bringing this story to the public.  This feels like a huge victory in that the public is aware of how wrong things can go for those who are not protected properly.  I think most of his friends and family were unaware of the details.  The story was very well done.  It was comprehensive, providing the facts and yet effectively captured the human impact of the situation.  I really hope that this provides the fuel to make change...

Royal Bank pledges not to outsource for savings

As a result of stories by CBC's Go Public, the Royal Bank has promised it will never outsource a Canadian job to a foreign worker solely to save money.  

The bank updated its code of conduct on Friday, after facing intense criticism last month for its hiring policies.

In a story first reported by CBC News, the bank was criticized heavily for laying off a number of IT workers in order to replace them with cheaper foreign workers.

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Good News for Shaw TV Employees

From Rob Bownridge, a former Shaw communications employee, who blew the whistle on how the telecommuncations giant was underpaying him and others by declaring them as independent contractors when they should have been paid as employees:

I just received this text from my good friend who works at Shaw TV:  "So today is my (and everyone else's) first day as a Shaw employee!"  So thank you... for helping out with this issue!

Brownridge says at least 10 contractors, who always met the legal definition of employees, have finally been offered employee status.

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Telecom Tool Kit

From Matt Buie, the financial planner from Burnaby, BC,  who accused Rogers of price gouging after his son mistakenly racked up $22,000 worth of data charges while on vacation in Mexico:

Thank you very much for your help with my fight against excessive and unauthorized roaming charges. I am pleased to report that I have heard other Canadians are using the "Negotiating Tool Kit" co-authored by Philip Passudetti of Pass Consult, Steve Anderson of OpenMedia, and me, to negotiate their cell phone charges to a reasonable amount.  Hopefully the CRTC will regulate this unfair business practise and mandate a Roaming Charge Cap to avoid future customer bill shock.

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A Change in Government Policy

From Chris Van Dyke, a single father who went public about rules that prevented him and other low income British Columbians from subsidized, affordable eyeglasses. Just four months after the story aired the Ministry of Social Development announced changes in the works that would allow families on income assistance to purchase eyeglasses online and claim the expense:

"I compliment the minister and the Liberal Party for expeditiously tweaking legislation to allow low-income clients access to purchase their eye-wear and lenses online. This will allow them lower costs and better quality eyewear, therefore improving their quality of life. I wish also to thank Go Public for the service they serve society and the public to prod such change and expose things that otherwise are hidden away from most of the public's awareness."

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Read government announcement

Thanks for making a difference

From Lorraine and John Toljanich, who are left with a $100,000 hospital bill after their travel insurance company refused to cover John's medical bills incurred while on holidays in the United States. Manulife is reviewing their case again:

"For now we are very happy with all of the coverage you have given us. Arising from this, our local rag the North Shore News has phoned, and sent their photographer around today, with a story coming out... so that is great news. I'll certainly keep you posted on future happenings. I really can't thank you enough, and the CBC, for taking up our cause..."

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Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Budget

From Dylan Paul, former Budget Rent a Car employee who blew the whistle on the rental car company's alleged scheme to bilk customers by grossly over-charging them for unnecessary repairs:

"Kathy, THANK YOU for getting the story out there and for having the journalistic instinct to recognize and pursue this story in the first place."

As a result of our investigation and reports, two class action lawsuits have been filed against the company.  The RCMP is also conducting its own investigation into allegations of fraud.

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Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Budget

From Dylan Paul, former Budget Rent a Car employee who blew the whistle on the rental car company's alleged scheme to bilk customers by grossly over-charging them for unnecessary repairs:

"Kathy, THANK YOU for getting the story out there and for having the journalistic instinct to recognize and pursue this story in the first place."

As a result of our investigation and reports, two class action lawsuits have been filed against the company.  The RCMP is also conducting its own investigation into allegations of fraud.

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Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Budget

From Dylan Paul, former Budget Rent a Car employee who blew the whistle on the rental car company's alleged scheme to bilk customers by grossly over-charging them for unnecessary repairs:

"Kathy, THANK YOU for getting the story out there and for having the journalistic instinct to recognize and pursue this story in the first place."

As a result of our investigation and reports, two class action lawsuits are in the works.  The RCMP is still investigating allegations of fraud.

Read Story

Expressing Gratitude

From Linda Graham whose 94-year-old, house-bound, mother went without her pension money for seven months, because RBC refused to cash the cheques unless she went to the bank.  The day Go Public contacted RBC about the elderly woman's cheques, three bankers from her local branch showed up at her home to open a joint account with her daughter:

"I can't begin to express my gratitude for what you and your team has done for myself and my parents. I will forever be thankful for having your help and compassion."



From Shannon Mills, whose dog was seriously injured in a grooming accident.  The pet grooming salon would not pay for the vet bill until Go Public got involved:

"...I've had people approaching me all week to comment on the story, and I know that they are making more informed decisions the next time they select a pet groomer based on your program. It is heartening to know that some good can come out of this upsetting experience.

Thank you both, from the bottom of my heart, for featuring Joey's story on Go Public. Enza, thank you for all the avenues you investigated while researching this case. I appreciate your time so much!  And Kathy, thank you for the interview, and the coverage. I know I would never have been reimbursed by the Strattons had Go Public not gotten involved - nor would I have received an apology. Canadians are fortunate to have a weighty ally in your program to stand by them when these conflicts arise..."

Drug Rehab Centre Shut Down

Quebec's health agency has shut down Narconon in Trois-Rivieres.  Earlier this month, a Toronto mom went public after her son was rejected by the drug rehab centre.  The day after our story aired, the agency sent a letter to Narconon ordering it to remove the patients from the facility immediately, claiming its practices were a danger to the health and security of its patients. 

Meanwhile the Toronto mom, Yvonne Keller, who lost $10,000 after her son was kicked out of the facility and sent back to Toronto on a bus alone, has received offers of help from two other drug programs.

"I just can't believe this.  I extend the biggest warmest hug to you and the CBC right now.  Truly, thank you."

Read our story

Mom Gets Help

Toronto mom, Yvonne Keller, was out $10,000 after her drug-addicted son was rejected by a rehab centre in Quebec run by Scientologists.  After she spoke out on Go Public she received offers of treatment for her son from two other facilities:

"I just can't believe this.  I extend the biggest warmest hug to you and the CBC right now.  Truly, thank you."


Read our story

Great Grandmother Gets Citizenship

From Dan McKay, whose 84 year-old mother waited two years to process her citizenship because of a huge backlog at the Citizenship and Immigration processing centre.  After Go Public got involved, her application was fast-tracked and she expects to be sworn in as a Canadian citizen next Wednesday:

"Well done and thank you for your help!  We can hope it has some sustainable benefit for the process."

Read our story



Go Public Makes Lemon-Aid

Car industry critic Phil Edmonston credits the Go Public team with moving Chrysler to announce the recall of 242,780 Dodge Ram pickup trucks weeks after their story about Dodge Ram safety concerns aired:

"In the end, it took a crusading CBC TV producer and determined reporter to force Chrysler to act after nine years of stonewalling Ram pickup owners."

Phil Edmonston, Lemon-Aid New Cars and Trucks 2012

Read our story

Reversed Decision

Katie Evans called "Go Public" to say that after our story aired Medavie Blue Cross reversed its decision.

She was fighting the insurance company for long term disability while she battled breast cancer.

"I couldn't believe it.  I don't know what to say.  Thank you so much for doing the story and for all your help."

Read full story

Government's commitment to change

B.C.'s Health Minister Mike de Jong on the decrepit psychiatric facility at Vancouver General Hospital:

"There is a desire clearly to move ahead with the replacement of a facility that is long past its best before date."


PharmaCare covers treatment

From Elizabeth Williamson, who requested that PhamaCare cover a cheaper, more effective drug for her rare skin disease, but was refused.  Here's what happened the day after her story aired:

"Guess who I got a phone message from on Wednesday?  The director of Special Authority (PharmaCare).  I spoke with her yesterday, they are offering me coverage of  the rituximab!

...Thank you both and the CBC so much for your support on this issue, I have gotten a lot of positve feedback and appreciation within the pemphigus community."

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Pet insurance pays out

Ralph Eastman's pet health insurance company initially denied his claim for his dog's medical expenses.  Here's what happened after he went public:


"Just had a call from PetCare. Said they received supplementary info from my vet that confirmed cancer. A cheque for $1,877.49 is being couriered to me today. They waived the deductible. Cynic that I am, I am fairly certain that this would not have been resolved without your involvement."


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Sears on stoves

Remember that story about Kenmore stoves that would spontaneously turn on? After it aired, Sears offered customers Angel Claypool and Susie Williams new stoves.  Here's what else they've done:

-- Sears is now offering a free diagnostic test to customers with similar problems with Kenmore stoves not under the recall.

-- Sears is giving a refund for repairs done by Sears technicians on Kenmore stoves outside the recall.

-- Sears set up a hotline on this 1-866-691-9948.

Fighting for change

From Daniel Methot whose wife was charged thousands of dollars for data on her smartphone:

"We wanted to thank you for helping us with our situation. Bell has finally solved the problem...Bell has insisted that they have learned from this experience, and that they are implementing new procedures so that it doesn't happen again.

Read his story

No comment

Aviva Canada's response to why the insurance company has denied the claim for Salemink's family home destroyed in fatal blaze:

"We are unable to comment on any individual claim as it would require us to release personal information about our customers that we simply do not share."



From Erica Salemink on what happened after her story aired on CBC's Go Public:

"I wanted to let you know that the (Coquitlam) NOW did a full page article in Friday's paper... Sunday morning I received a call from Global... and the story aired last night.

...(RCMP) Victim Services also followed up and the Crown called to check in with me last week.

Thank-you for everything you have done."

Read her story


No comment

Personal injury lawyer Al McGarvey on why he won't talk about his client's bill:

"I am of the view that it would be unprofessional for me to publicly comment upon this matter at this time."

New judges appointed

The B.C. government recently announced it has appointed five new judges across the province.

This comes just ten days after we broadcast our story about a twice-accused drunk driver who walked due to court delays.  Several impaired cases have been dropped this year due to case backlog and judge shortages.

Read full story

Read government news release on judicial appointments



Helping Torie

If you'd like to help Torie Gerard with her future care, a Facebook page has been set up where you'll find information on how to make a donation.  Scotiabank will match the first five thousand dollars raised. 

Torie is permanently brain-injured after being hit by accused drunk driver Todd McKinnon.  His charges were later dropped due to RCMP mistakes and court delays.

Torie's Trust Fund Facebook Group

Exposing Issues

From Dr. Ashish Marwaha, the Oxford-trained doctor who is leaving Canada because red tape kept him from applying for a residency position in B.C.

 "Thanks for the exposure of this important issue.  I hope it helps other people in my position."

Raising awareness

From Travis and Bonnie Krisher, whose credit rating was damaged by an old Telus bill they say they knew nothing about:

"Thank you for putting a voice to this issue and hopefully it will spark some change, or perhaps help others avoid it..."


From "Go Public" viewer-listener Anne Scholefield:

"...You are providing a valuable community service, effective in so many ways: modeling what's important, providing hope for those with limited access to power/privilege, requiring accountability, taking people seriously..."

Go Public gets results

From Leah Flagg whose three younger children were removed when her mentally ill and violent son moved in after being turned away from government care: 

"The Ministry of Housing and Social Development Service Quality Manager... has been working closely with me ever since...  We obtained housing... his disability benefits were not delayed and she is assisting us with an application for services with Community Living B.C."

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Skirting the question

Answer from federal Justice Minister's office on whether he supports proposed bill that would make "shared parenting" the law:

"Our Government is committed to promoting positive outcomes for the entire family during separation or divorce. Since parents usually understand their children better than anyone else, our Government strongly encourages parents cooperate to make parenting arrangements in their children's best interests..."


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Hep C sufferers endangering health to get treatment

B.C., Ont. won't cover antiviral drugs without liver damage, so patients binge drink

Health-care workers who treat hepatitis C are raising the alarm about patients who are binge drinking and taking dangerous herbal concoctions to try to inflame their own livers in a desperate bid to get provincial governments to pay for their medication.

"The binge drinking is huge," said Fran Falconer, an award-winning hepatitis C support nurse on Vancouver Island. "For the liver, drinking [alcohol] is like putting grease on a flame. It's like fertilizer to the hepatitis C virus."

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Senior loses legs to hospital infections, bedsores

Family blames neglect by staff for double amputation

The daughter of a retired B.C. man who died in a publicly funded, long-term care facility believes her father suffered needlessly as a result of neglect by staff.

"What they did was wrong," said Rita McDonnell. "The care was awful."

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From Taras Diduck, a homeowner from Duncan, BC, whose builder left his home unfinished and subcontractors unpaid after he received his money:

"I have so much respect and appreciation for your work that I cannot describe it in words. But I hope that a simple thank you at least begins to show you how much we appreciate your time, effort and caring..."

Read full story>

Builder relicensed despite unfinished homes

Dwayne Peleshaty blames recession for incomplete contracts and unpaid workers

Several homeowners from Duncan, B.C., are upset over how a local developer was relicensed by the provincial government, despite several complaints filed against him.

"This man's licence was renewed after all of our warnings, and then he continued to have the same business ethics," said Taras Diduck, who hired builder Dwayne Peleshaty to build his home in 2008.

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Natural gas customers stuck with costly contracts

Thousands of B.C. residents who switched to new natural gas providers after deregulation are now paying significantly more than market rates and discovering they can't get out of multi-year contracts.

"I never signed a contract -- and what they've been telling me over the years is I did sign a contract. An online contract," said Samantha Badry of Chilliwack, B.C. "To me, that is not fair to any consumer."

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Taking a Stand

From Jim Galpin, who was charged $1100 for a chip in the windshield of his rental car:

"...I am amazed at how much support, and feedback, I've gotten today from friends, clients, and strangers through emails and phone calls. The postings on the comments section of the CBC website are most interesting (and in some cases, hilarious!)... Makes me glad I took a stand, and very grateful to you and CBC for doing the story. Not a good day for Budget."

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Vancouver car-rental customer warns of gouging

Budget franchise billed visitor $1,100 for tiny windshield chip

An Edmonton businessman is warning Olympic visitors to beware of getting gouged by car rental companies. Jim Galpin was recently presented with a $1,100 bill to repair a windshield chip on a Vancouver rental car, a cost he believes is grossly inflated.

"I thought it was ridiculous," Galpin said in an interview. "I'm concerned that charges for damages like this could be a real lucrative revenue generator -- when you have the number of people who are coming into Vancouver in the next few weeks over the Olympic period."

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Large moving company faces charges, upset customers

Two Small Men with Big Hearts apologizes for failure to address complaints

Canada's largest network of independent moving companies is coming under fire from some customers for its business practices.

"I've moved a number of times and it was probably the worst move in 20 years," said customer Shelagh Bruhn. "They have no hearts, as far as I'm concerned."

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Rogers changes texting tune

From the B.C. mom who was charged for her teens' "free" text messages after Rogers arbitrarily changed the terms of her contract:

"On January 20th someone from the President’s Office of Rogers called and this is what they offered me to address my complaint:

-- They will credit me for all back charges for text received since Sept. 2009.
-- They will honor the free incoming text received per the signed service agreement..."

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Training for jobless downgraded in B.C.

Province claims federal government money didn't meet demand

Hundreds of British Columbians left jobless by the economic downturn have been told by the province they can't get the type of retraining they were expecting under the federal government's "Economic Action Plan."

"Where is all the money?" asked Shawn Lalonde of Maple Ridge, B.C., who applied for training as a heavy equipment operator, only to be told his application was cancelled due to lack of funds.

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Brain-injured doctor denied rehab in B.C.

Physician sent to Alberta for treatment, but funding is running out

The family of a B.C. physician who suffered a major brain injury in a car accident is speaking out about how he was denied rehabilitation in his home province and given only limited support for treatment elsewhere.

U.S. journalist grilled at Canada border crossing

Officials demanded to know what she would say publicly about 2010 Olympics

U.S. journalist Amy Goodman said she was stopped at a Canadian border crossing south of Vancouver on Wednesday and questioned for 90 minutes by authorities concerned she was coming to Canada to speak against the Olympics.

Rogers charges for 'free' text messages

B.C. mother files complaint about new charges on her teens' cellphone accounts

Rosanna von Sacken's three-year contract reads "All text messages received are FREE*" The asterisk footnote specifies this does not apply to "premium" messages. (CBC)
A B.C. mother with three teenagers is speaking out about how Rogers Wireless cost her money she didn't expect to pay by arbitrarily changing the terms of her contract for her children's cellphones.

Giving you a voice

From the folks who wrote to us about American journalist Amy Goodman stopped at the Canadian Border:

"Both my wife and I would like to thank you for your sincere investigation of this story... Thank you for allowing us to contribute and giving us a voice."

Silas and Julia

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Jeweller who shot robber wants more gun rights

Dennis Galloway says right to self-defence eroded in Canada, RCMP disagree

A jeweller from Port Alberni, B.C., who shot an armed robber five times is taking a public stand for stronger rights to bear arms in Canada.

Ont. car rental agency under fire for extra fees

B.C. customer charged $300 more than he was quoted online

A Vancouver man is speaking out about his experience with a Toronto car rental company after he was charged hundreds of dollars in fees he said he didn't expect to pay.

Banks lost millions on digital cheque project

Bank insider says money wasted, 'green' opportunity missed

A multimillion-dollar project by Canada's major banks and credit unions, which would have cut carbon emissions and saved money, has been scrapped because of numerous delays and complications.

H1N1 sufferer blames Air Canada for her flying while sick

A woman who tried to rebook her Air Canada flight because she contracted H1N1 was told by the airline that she would have to pay an extra $692 to push back her departure date.

Liz Overduin said she felt she had no choice but to fly sick.

H1N1 sufferer blames Air Canada for her flying while sick

A woman who tried to rebook her Air Canada flight because she contracted H1N1 was told by the airline that she would have to pay an extra $692 to push back her departure date.

Liz Overduin said she felt she had no choice but to fly sick.

B.C. transport operation carries on after licences pulled

Bindy Sangara's operation delivers groceries for Overwaitea Foods

A large B.C. trucking operation is under government scrutiny after some of its drivers were caught working several hours over legal limits and faking their logbooks.

Olympic security plan a safety risk, airline warns

Saltspring Air says diverting passengers for screening will jeopardize flights

Pilots who operate a small coastal airline in B.C. are warning that a plan to divert its flights for security screening during the Olympics will cause serious safety risks in winter weather.

B.C. man under scrutiny for cancer-cure claims

Saul Pressman sells ozone generators not approved as medical devices

A business owner in Langley, B.C., is under scrutiny by the federal competition bureau after a Calgary customer complained about how he markets unapproved medical devices to cancer patients.

Sound of silence

From Andrea Niosi, a Richmond resident affected by the noise from the industrial complex next door:

I was told by Lisa that they moved the compressors inside yesterday (the two loudest ones) so the noise has been reduced... Your excellent reporting definitely helped push this issue towards resolution, and although it's still ongoing, this type of coverage was exactly what we needed to get the City to pay attention."

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Industrial noise unbearable, condo owners say

'When you take people's sleep away, they go a little crazy': resident

Some residents of a condominium development in Richmond, B.C., say they have been driven to distraction by constant industrial noise that they claim violates a city noise bylaw but has not been stopped.

Court finds Vancouver businessman misled public

From an announcement by the Competition Bureau in Ottawa, October 16, 2009:

The Federal Court of Appeal found that Premier Career Management Group and its president, Minto Roy, convinced clients to pay $5,000 to $7,000 each, by misleading them to believe that the company would use its extensive network of links to senior-level executives to arrange job interviews; and find jobs quickly for clients, typically within 90 days.

Competition Bureau's announcement
Go Public's hidden camera investigation

No charges in home theft despite clear evidence

RCMP reviewing case as a result of victims' complaints

Victims of a possible theft ring in B.C. can't understand why the RCMP haven't charged anyone, given that one suspect was caught on videotape and another was caught with a victim's passport and other stolen property.

Tax-funded agency silent about misappropriated money

Almost $187,000 allegedly taken by employee for personal use

A non-profit agency in Victoria is facing criticism for keeping quiet about tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money allegedly misappropriated by one of its employees.

Sharing ideas on Go Public

From Shannon and Mark Gorst, victims of identity theft who couldn't get the authorities to lay charges on the thief despite their evidence:

Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job on the story... Right now, Mark and I are going through the over 300 comments posted on the CBC site. It was nice to see there was barely any criticism about us (although I can't say the same for the RCMP and government) and we are looking at the many ideas people have posted for us...

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B.C. identity theft victims say they can't get justice

Man says he can prove who stole from him, but police still can't act

Two B.C. people who are victims of identity theft are speaking out in frustration with the justice system.

Taking action

After our story about Dr. Fernando Casses in Quesnel, we heard from several more patients and a lawyer who is now taking on their case.

"You did an awesome job. I knew this would grow."- Tammy Mead, former patient

"Thank you...for me knowing that I am not alone." - Nikki Arnold, former patient

"Thank you so much for doing this story-you’re really helping a lot of people." - Lisa Becker, former patient

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Pre-Olympic bid to house addicts under fire

Retailers accuse the B.C. government of cleaning up Vancouver streets at their expense

A group of retailers in downtown Vancouver is accusing the B.C. government of hurting their businesses by putting homeless drug addicts in hotel-style rooms above their stores.

Patients complain about B.C. surgeon barred in Arizona

Dr. Fernando Casses claims his complication rate is very low

Several people in Quesnel, B.C., have filed complaints about their hospital's general surgeon, Dr. Fernando Casses. They claim they suffered needlessly — and were damaged permanently — when he failed to address serious complications from his surgeries.

Special needs kids may lose taxpayer-funded daycare

Downtown Eastside child-care centre says it can't afford the rent

An agency that operates a non-profit daycare in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside says it can no longer afford to keep enough staff to care for the troubled, disadvantaged children it was set up to help.

Vancity drops plan to hike line of credit rates

Canada's largest credit union is backing away from a controversial proposal to pressure customers to agree to higher interest rates on their lines of credit, after CBC News' Go Public first reported on members' outrage.

Following the backlash from outraged members, Vancity now says it will not move ahead with the rate hikes.

B.C. credit union urges customers to pay more

Vancity asking members to accept higher interest rates

Canada's largest credit union is under fire from a group of customers who say they are being pressured to pay higher interest rates on lines of credit than they originally agreed to.

B.C. truckers complain they're pushed beyond safe limits

Drivers report driving too long, faking logbooks

Three B.C. truck drivers have come forward to warn that public safety is at risk on North American highways as drivers are pushed to stay behind the wheel longer than the law allows.

Thousands of fish found dead near riverbank excavation site

Large B.C. cranberry farm installed equipment without approval to operate it

A large cranberry farm operation in Pitt Meadows, B.C., is under investigation after several thousand fish were found dead while the farm was preparing to install a pipe to pump water from a river.

Have you been "Lerouxed"?

In response to almost 1000 inquiries, comments, and questions as a result of our story, Irvin and Jill Leroux have set up a website.

"We have now opened a trust account for contributions to help us with upfront legal costs... Thank you so much for all the support and the great work that you do."

They have also created a self-help page on Facebook for people who have been "Lerouxed". Their definition? A person who suffers the extreme financial and emotional hardships of a government error or mistake.

Public inquiry into tethered teen

B.C.'s police complaint commissioner Stan Lowe called an inquiry yesterday into the actions of two Victoria police officers who tied up a drunken 15-year-old girl in a cell for hours four years ago.

Willow Kinloch spoke publicly about her ordeal for the first time exclusively with our reporter Kathy Tomlinson.

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Superstore mum after man seriously injured while returning grocery cart

Sharp edges on metal tubing unsafe, Warren Yau's family says

Relatives of a B.C. man who almost died after suffering a head injury while returning a grocery cart at Superstore are upset about how the company treated him, and about what they consider to be unsafe grocery carts.

Thousands of Canadians taxed on 'phantom income'

Employees who lost on stock options face bankruptcy over huge tax bills

Thousands of Canadian workers who purchased stock options from their employers before the market downturn are expected to pay millions of dollars in taxes on income they haven't received because the shares have lost their value.

SkyTrain scammers exploit lax security, busker says

Violinist beaten up at downtown station by chronic offender selling used fares

A busker who performed for years at SkyTrain stations in downtown Vancouver believes the public transit system is losing thousands of dollars to drug addicts who harass passengers for their used tickets, then illegally sell them as transfers.

Vent problem fixed at parkade

From the union rep who won the parkade workers' case against the City of Vancouver. The City was appealing a WorkSafe order to move cooking vents away from their booths at Library Square:

"I thought you would like to know that I won the case on behalf of the workers and the City is being told that they have to fix the ventilation system."

Vanessa M. Wolff
National Health & Safety Representative - British Columbia
Canadian Union of Public Employees

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B.C. ministry sent neglected boys back to alcoholic mother

Grandparents not allowed to keep children, want ministry held accountable

Grandparents from Port Alberni are accusing B.C.'s Ministry of Children and Family Development of subjecting their two grandchildren to abuse and neglect by sending them back to live with an alcoholic mother who was unable to look after them.

Laid-off B.C. hospital workers losing up to half of settlement money

Told to pay back millions received from EI after job losses

As many as 8,000 former B.C. hospital workers who lost their jobs to privatization are losing a big chunk of the $85-million settlement they won in court.

Revenue Canada refuses to pay for million-dollar mistake

Taxpayer led to believe Harper government would compensate him for losses

A B.C. taxpayer who fought the Canada Revenue Agency over a million-dollar tax bill he didn't owe — and won — says the federal government misled him to believe he would be compensated for his financial losses.

I'll get back to you

Response from Andrea Kent, media representative for Minister of National Revenue,
to our requests for an interview:

"I will be back in touch as discussed."

(We didn't hear back - and had to chase the minister for comment)


Here's a note from a relative of Irvin Leroux, who lost everything after being pursued by Revenue Canada for more than a decade for a million dollar auditing mistake:

"A quick note to thank you for your article and your work on the story about my daughter Jill Moore and son-in law Irvin Leroux... I hope that your hard work will help bring some closure to this matter and bring some help and peace to two wonderful people."

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Self-admitted slum landlord blamed for crime in B.C. neighbourhood

Owner of Maple Ridge condo units disavows responsibility for drug-related activity

A landlord who owns most of the units in a Maple Ridge condominium complex is under fire from residents, police and district officials, who say most of the drug-related crime in their city originates in his run-down suites.

Holding on to hope...

From Zabeth and Paul Bayne who are fighting the B.C. government to get their three children back:

"Paul and I thank CBC and yourself for hearing this tragedy we are enduring and for reporting this to your viewers. It is our hope that some accountability will result from this."

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Ministry disregarded legal advice to return seized children: document

Surrey parents insist they never harmed baby daughter

A lawyer representing the B.C. government in a child seizure case in September 2007 had advised the return of two of three children to the Surrey parents, CBC News has learned.

Birth parents plead for medical treatment for baby girl in foster care

Government emails cast doubt about whether infant was shaken, as alleged

The parents of three children seized by the B.C. government in September 2007 say there is new evidence to suggest allegations that they shook and injured their baby girl were unfounded.

Bedbugs in Vancouver spread by landlord inaction: tenants

West End couple's apartment treated several times without success

A Vancouver couple whose West End apartment building has been infested with bedbugs blames their Toronto-based landlord for making the problem worse.

Calling off the dogs...

From Diana Costanzino whose husband was mistakenly charged and on the hook for $7000 for a Fido cellphone account:

"Thanks Enza! I appreciate both Kathy's and your hard work on this! A Fido rep called Paul today! Apparently they are going to cancel the charges, contact the collection agencies and clear our credit reports..."

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Fido customer says he was wrongly hounded for $7,000 bill

A Burnaby, B.C., man who was slapped with a $7,000 Fido cellphone bill mistakenly racked up in his name says he has been trying for a year to clear it.

Since February 2008, Paul Babstock and his wife, Diana Costanzino, have been dogged with numerous phone calls, sometimes up to 12 a day, from two collection agencies seeking the amount.

Thank you

From Zabeth and Paul Bayne who are fighting a lengthy battle to get their children back and out of foster care:

"I just finished watching the story you did and want to thank you so very much for the wonderful job you did... It was very difficult for us including the grandparents to watch and had us all in tears.
... Thank you again for your time, compassion, and for helping us through this experience."

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Canadian accused at U.S. border of 'stealing American jobs'

Sales representative from B.C. denied entry to U.S. to meet with suppliers

A B.C. sales representative who markets equestrian products in Canada was barred from crossing the U.S. border to attend a trade show last month by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who accused him of trying to steal American jobs.

"He looked at me, and in a yelling voice he said, 'You're friggin' stealing jobs away from American citizens,' and I tried telling him that I wasn't," Joel Borsteinas told CBC News.

Surrey parents fight for return of 3 seized children

More than a dozen people held a peaceful protest outside B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell's Vancouver constituency office Thursday, calling for the return of three children taken from their parents.

The children were seized in September 2007 by the Ministry of Children and Family Development because the Surrey couple were suspected of shaking their baby and causing a head injury.

NDP slams BC Liberals over unregulated drug recovery houses

CBC report exposed private operators exploiting recovering addicts

B.C.'s Health Minister George Abbott is promising to investigate unregulated recovery houses following a CBC News report operators are taking social assistance cheques from drug addicts in exchange for unsafe, overcrowded accommodation.

CBC News found more than 100 Lower Mainland homes have been turned into rooming houses for addicts who want to kick their habit.

Homes for recovering addicts in B.C. overcrowded, unsafe: ex-residents

Critics want proliferation of privately run homes reined in

Dozens of B.C. homes have been turned into rooming houses for addicts who want to kick their habit — but former residents and neighbours complain some of the privately run "recovery homes" are overcrowded, unsupervised, dirty and unsafe to live in.

Sharing information....

We received this email from the editor of HepC Bulletin who says she'll publish in next month's issue our story about a man who contracted the disease from tainted blood and couldn't get compensation because his records were destroyed:

"I hope that your article will bring the plight of these victims to the forefront. It's just not fair that the records were destroyed and the victims are being victimized all over again, in spite of testimony from their doctors. I've seen it over and over again. It's heartbreaking."

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Vancouver condo sold to developer against owner's will

Vancouver condo sold to developer against owner's will

A long and expensive court fight over condominium repairs has ended with a Vancouver man being forced out of his paid-off home.

Bringing people together...

An email we recently from a former Cascade Aerospace employee:

"CBC’s independence and Kathy Tomlinson’s fortitude in bringing our story under public scrutiny has not only validated our injuries, brought cohesiveness to our group, and given us a reason to get out of bed in the morning, but has also helped us to shine the public and political spotlight on Cascade Aerospace and the atrocities this company (and WorksafeBC) has been committing on the employees. We now have politicians and the union talking and asking questions..."

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McDonald's exhaust making us sick, underground parkade workers say

City of Vancouver refuses to obey order to fix restaurant ventilation system

Parking attendants who work in booths next to an exhaust vent used by a McDonald's in Vancouver said they are literally sick after years of breathing foul fumes from the restaurant.

Raising awareness

We received this email today from Jim Wilson of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation:

"The Go Public segment on Lyme disease had a great impact. We received numerous calls from people who have been sick looking for help, and many who were appalled at the treatment of Dr. Murakami by the medical board.
Keep up the good work, and continue to be a voice for those people who alone would not have been heard."

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Hepatitis C sufferers haven't received promised federal money

Many claimants can't prove they received tainted blood decades ago

Thousands of Canadians afflicted with hepatitis C who were promised compensation by the Harper government in 2006 have yet to see a dime.

Rwandan siblings 'torn apart' by B.C. government

Genocide survivors were brought to Canada, then split up in foster homes

Four Rwandan orphans, survivors of the genocide who were brought to Canada under a federal refugee program, have since been separated by the B.C. government and moved around in several temporary homes.

Success at the border

We recently heard from Glenda Hutton, the retired school secretary who was told her name was on an international no-fly list.

She has just been cleared by both the American and Canadian governments to get a Nexus membership and can now cross the border stress-free:

"So either somebody way back in the beginning made a big mistake in flagging me to start with or some bureaucratic person has told them to return my name to good standing... Thanks so much for your help with my cause - I am sure it helped get me where I am now."

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Near-fatal allergic reaction caused by Starbucks dessert

Peach Yogurt Parfait label had no mention of nuts

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is investigating Starbucks' labelling practices, after a young woman ate a parfait from a Coquitlam, B.C., outlet and almost died.

Victory for farmworkers

This week the federal government dropped its case against a group of immigrant workers in the Fraser Valley, thanks in part to Go Public, says their lawyer. Over a year ago, we reported that the government had spent millions of taxpayer dollars pursuing these low-paid farmworkers for their employment insurance claims.

"We think that the Go Public story played a big role in this victory, and really appreciate the work you and Kathy put into it."

Sara Khan, lawyer
BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre

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B.C. police mistakenly issue tickets to hundreds of ID theft victims

Vancouver woman faces wall of ICBC bureaucracy trying to clear her name

Hundreds of B.C. drivers are being denied vehicle insurance every year after thieves steal their identities and rack up fines and police fail to check the impersonators' driver's licences carefully when issuing tickets.

Connecting with others

Email from worker's advocate Wayne Coady after our story on aviation technicians exposed to toxic chemicals on the job:

"Thank you for providing this story which, in turn, made it possible for me to connect with other injured workers or their families. By permitting me to post my blog site address at the bottom of my submission , people of interest did make contact. The number of readers out weigh the number of (CBC site) posters by far. My deepest sincere thanks to you, your team and CBC."

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Where is he now?

Here’s a note we received from Elisabeth Fox, the landlord who evicted David Messina. He rented out her apartment to ESL students and pocketed the cash without paying her the rent:

"You did an awesome job, thank you very much… Looks like Messina did not show for the assault hearing in court and is perhaps in jail now ! The eviction company is in process of evicting the students as I write."

There’s now a warrant out for his arrest.

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Toxic chemicals in hangar made B.C. aviation workers sick

Former Cascade Aerospace employees say they've lost their health, careers

Several B.C. aviation technicians are speaking out after being exposed to harmful levels of highly toxic chemicals while working in a hangar in Abbotsford, B.C.

Fake landlord takes cash from international students

Convict David Messina sublets condos while not paying rent to owners

A B.C. condo owner is fighting to get her downtown Vancouver property out of the hands of a convicted criminal who posed as a tenant and leased her suite, then turned around and rented it out to several students from Japan and Korea — while not paying rent to her.

Making a difference

Hepatitis specialist Dr. John Farley on how Go Public changed policy:

"Since the airing of the story, one of the institutions, Royal Columbia Hospital has written to say they will be accepting all patients regardless of whether we physicians have admitting privileges or not."

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Air Canada wants new ban on pets as baggage

Airline appeals ruling that ban is unfair; B.C. dog owner files complaint

An architect from Victoria, B.C., is taking on Air Canada for requiring customers travelling with pets to ship them separately as cargo, instead of as checked baggage on the same flight as their owners, while the airline is trying to completely ban animals as baggage.

B.C. man secretly taped in own home, then sued over comments

Private detective hired by plaintiff poses as would-be-neighbour

A retired justice of the peace from Vernon, B.C., was secretly recorded by a private detective during a casual conversation in his own home and his words were then successfully used against him in a B.C. court.

Retired B.C. woman surprised to find herself on international no-fly list

66-year-old Courtenay resident with no criminal history wants Ottawa to clear her name

A 66-year-old former school secretary from Vancouver Island says she has had to shelve her retirement dream of travelling the world because her name has appeared on an international security watch list.

B.C. doctor urged to retire because of zealous approach to Lyme disease

Licensing body's criticism of MD will make others fearful to treat disease, he says

A physician sought out by patients for his particular approach to treating Lyme disease is speaking out about a College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. investigation into his views and practices with regard to the disease.

B.C. government removed girl from mother with mental illness

Mom had breakdown after spending months on waiting lists for treatment

A Vancouver mother who has a diagnosed mental illness is speaking out about how her daughter was taken away from her by the B.C. government after she had a breakdown.

Immigration department fast-tracks lost application after CBC story

Citizenship and Immigration Canada appears to be fast-tracking a Surrey man's application for a travel document, after a CBC News story showed how delays and red tape were preventing him from returning home to the Netherlands to care for his mother.

Former clients of accused B.C. con man want him deported

Syrian Mohammed Wanli has refugee protection despite criminal activity

Former clients of a discredited Vancouver consultant are calling on Ottawa to take steps to deport him for crimes he committed since he came to Canada.

Health minister opens door for B.C. man stuck in California hospital

Decision changed just hours after CBC News report aired

A sick Chilliwack man, who has spent the past two years in a California hospital, is being allowed to return home to continue his rehabilitation, even though he is technically not eligible for provincial medical coverage.

B.C. man denied provincial medical coverage after stroke in U.S.

David Chapman can't come home for badly-needed rehabilitation

David Chapman suffered a stroke in the U.S. and has been refused health coverage in his home province.
The family of a B.C. man who fought for his life in a U.S. hospital and made a remarkable recovery is now fighting the B.C. government to be able to bring him home.

Pharmacy uses kickbacks and threat of eviction to keep methadone clients

A CBC News investigation into pharmacies that paid kickbacks to drug addicts discovered one outlet with a troubled past used a different tactic to get and keep methadone users coming to the pharmacy.

Gastown Pharmacy in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has required certain customers to fill their methadone prescriptions exclusively with them, or lose their homes.

Pharmacy paid addict kickback for prescription: hidden camera

Downtown Eastside doctors complained to authorities about practice months ago

Some pharmacists in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside routinely pay cash to drug addicts for filling their prescriptions, a CBC hidden-camera investigation has found.

B.C. government failing to treat hep C epidemic: doctor

Patients denied coverage for anti-viral drugs

A specialist who treats patients with hepatitis C is criticizing the B.C. government for denying lifesaving treatment in what he terms a full-blown epidemic.

Vancouver agency charges foreign nannies huge fees

Domestic workers exploited by agencies, says B.C. mother

A Vancouver nanny agency is under fire from a couple in Richmond, B.C., for charging their prospective Filipina nanny more than she'd earn in a year at her current job for the promise of work in Canada.

Seniors losing mobile homes blame B.C. government

Elderly residents evicted from land as values soar

A group of seniors being evicted from their waterfront neighbourhood on Vancouver Island are imploring the B.C. government for help.

Vancouver mayor blasted for bragging about wheelchair accessibility

Disabled citizens say quadriplegic Sullivan ignored obstacles, even in new projects

A Vancouver woman with multiple sclerosis is condemning the city and its mayor for failing to ensure newly upgraded areas are wheelchair accessible.

Janitor speaks out about rat problem at B.C. hospital

Vermin attracted by 'green' composting practices

A B.C. janitor is speaking out about an infestation of rats at the Delta Hospital, which he believes was caused by a new "green" program to compost kitchen waste.

ICBC selling insurance to unlicensed drivers

Insurer panned for 'dangerous' practice

An Indonesian immigrant says he wants to know why the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is selling car insurance to people who are not legally allowed to drive in B.C., but won't cover their costs if they get in an accident.

Families alarmed over B.C. nursing home's double-bunking plan

Elderly residents have to share small rooms or move out during construction

Families of some residents of a B.C. nursing home are fighting the owner's plan to double-bunk the frail and vulnerable seniors in small rooms, amid fears the move could seriously affect their health.

B.C. cuts respite for family of severely disabled child

Parents say Campbell government biased against families who look after their own

The parents of a severely disabled B.C. girl are accusing the provincial government of neglecting the needs of disabled children and their families.

Vancouver gym panned for taking money after membership cancelled

Automatic debits continued to be taken from customer's account

A Vancouver workout facility is being criticized for taking monthly fees out of a customer's credit union account long after her gym membership was supposed to end.

Tax agency mailing mistake leads to huge tax bill Revenue Agency mailed audit notices to non-existent address

BY KATHY TOMLINSON — The owner of a small construction business in B.C. says a series of mistakes by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has left him with a $500,000 personal tax bill he says he doesn't owe.

B.C. businessman accused of misleading clients while under federal probe

Immigrants say Minto Roy continues to sell false hope of high-paying jobs

BY KATHY TOMLINSON — A Vancouver businessman who runs a career management agency is being accused of promising to help people get well-paid jobs, taking their money and then not delivering, despite an investigation by the federal Competition Bureau.

Group home's past use as grow-op alarms mother

Blind, autistic man's family fights to get him moved for his health and safety

The mother of a legally blind, autistic man is worried about his health and wants him out of the B.C. group home he lives in, partly because the house was previously used as a marijuana grow-operation.

U.S. border guards bar skilled Canadian from his job

Technician says increased protectionism at U.S. border is unfair

A highly skilled Canadian telecommunications specialist who worked in Utah for more than a decade has suddenly been denied entry into the U.S. in a case he and others say highlights the increasing difficulties Canadians are facing at the American border.

Canada Revenue Agency financed teen's rebellion: B.C. mother

Child tax benefits sent to daughter's boyfriend's home without mom's consent

A mother from Port Hardy, B.C., is furious at the federal government for transferring her monthly child tax benefits to a stranger — money that, she said, helped her troubled teen to run away from home.

Surrey ER failed to detect man's broken hip, dislocated shoulders

Man left permanently disabled; wants answers after trip to Surrey Memorial Hospital

A man from Surrey, B.C., is demanding that a hospital be held accountable after he was taken to emergency unconscious but uninjured and came out with broken, dislocated shoulders and a broken hip.

Group of adults with disabilities may lose their B.C. home

L'Arche home says it can't keep going without more provincial money

A group of developmentally disabled adults may lose the only stable home they've ever known, and the group that runs the Burnaby, B.C. facility says the Campbell government is to blame.

Doctors failing to treat Lyme disease: B.C. victim's family

Victim's group says hundreds are suffering needlessly

The parents of a young woman diagnosed with Lyme disease are speaking out against the B.C. health system because, they said, doctors have failed to properly treat their daughter, causing her to become much sicker than she might have been otherwise.

Injured recruits misdiagnosed then dropped by military

Ex-soldiers say they have been left disillusioned and permanently disabled

Soldier recruits injured during basic training in Quebec are accusing the Canadian military of ignoring and mistreating their injuries and leaving them jobless and disabled.

Police and ICBC fail to investigate hit and run that injured cyclist

Key evidence not pursued for months, files show

A B.C. hit-and-run victim is shocked and upset because the Vancouver police and the Insurance Corporation of B.C. have failed to find the driver responsible, despite evidence that could have identified him months ago.

Former B.C. nurse raises alarm over infection control

Carrier of superbug MRSA says hospital didn't keep her properly isolated

A former nurse infected with a deadly superbug is accusing a B.C. hospital of failing to take proper measures to control the spread of infection.

B.C. teen alleges she was assaulted and unlawfully detained by police

Victoria police surveillance video shows her bound and tethered in cell

A B.C. teenager alleges Victoria police assaulted and unlawfully confined her when she was just 15.

B.C. student fights culinary school's piercing ban

School changed dress code after she enrolled, says student

A B.C. culinary school won't allow one of its students to complete her studies because she refuses to follow a new dress code that requires the removal of her facial jewelry and large earrings, the student says.

Delayed payout to federal nurses could be 'enormous': lawyer

Underpaid nurses should have been recognized years ago, critics say

Canadian taxpayers are facing a huge, unexpected bill for as much as $200 million in back pay owed to hundreds of nurses employed by the federal government, the nurses' lawyer estimates.