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Mississauga approves motion to ban door-to-door sales

Mississauga City Council has approved a motion that asks the province to ban some door-to-door sales in the city.

Ban not about 'the girl guides who are maybe selling cookies as a charity,' says Coun. Karen Ras

Mississauga city councillor Karen Ras said door-to-door salespeople are often aggressive and misleading. (CBC)

Mississauga City Council has approved a motion that asks the province to ban some door-to-door sales in the city. 

Coun. Karen Ras presented the motion Wednesday morning. The ban would apply to salespeople in the home services sector, which includes products like water heaters, HVAC and water filtration systems.

"We're at a stage where the legislation is not strong enough to deal with the home sales rentals of those types of home service equipment," said Ras. "And through the aggressive and very misleading sales tactics, our most vulnerable people are being affected — seniors, English as a second language residents, and it's all across Ontario."

Ras says charities would be exempt from the ban.

"This isn't about the kid that comes with the aerator to your door, the guy who comes wanting to pave your driveway, the girl guides who are maybe selling cookies as a charity," added Ras.

The motion follows a similar move in Markham last week.

The Mississauga-based company Ontario Energy Group faces 142 charges under the Consumer Protection Act. The firm is also embroiled in a lawsuit where a man alleges that his mother, who has Alzheimer's, was too unwell to legally enter into a contract with the energy group.

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