Keeping Calgarians informed.
Consumers have more choices than ever before. There are so many ways to spend your money, and even more ways to lose it. That’s why viewers tune in each week to CTV News Consumer Watch Reporter Lea Williams-Doherty.
A former trial lawyer, Lea cuts through the jargon and brings you information you need so that you don’t turn into a victim. Regularly reporting on how consumers can protect themselves against unethical business practices, Lea prepares you with questions that should be asked when entering into a contract.
Consumer Watch Stories
The CBRE’s latest annual forecast for commercial real estate in Canada was released on Tuesday and the agency is predicting that office vacancy rates in Calgary will continue to rise next year.
Online shopping is steadily increasing and with all that financial information floating around on the Internet it’s no surprise that cybercrime is also on the rise.
Ford is recalling nearly 452,000 midsize cars because the gas tanks potentially can leak fuel.
Pfizer and Allergan are joining in the biggest buyout of the year, a US$160-billion stock deal that will create the world's largest drugmaker.
The Better Business Bureau is cautioning holiday shoppers about the potential pitfalls of layaway plans and has a few tips to help consumers avoid taking on payments they can't afford.
A consumer watchdog group says dinosaur claws inspired by the movie "Jurassic World" and a substance that looks like poop are among the worst toys for Christmas this year.
European car buyers appeared reluctant to punish Volkswagen too severely for its emissions scandal, penalizing the German carmaker's sales but no more than some of its competitors.
The city is seeking an injunction to temporarily stop drivers of private for-hire vehicles who use the Uber app from offering rides for a fee until safety, insurance and regulatory requirements are met.
One of the largest part recalls in history is proving to be one of the most frustrating for owners as those lucky enough to secure the repair kit find themselves dropping their vehicle at the shop for a second time.
The New Year will usher in a new look on Canadian newsstands as the venerable fashion magazine Flare disappears from the racks and turns its focus towards targeting a younger demographic both online and offline.
Embattled air bag maker Takata Corp. reported a net loss of 5.58 billion yen ($45.8 million) for the six months that ended in September as costs from a massive recall of defective air bags bit into strong growth in sales.
Could you go a whole year without buying a single new thing besides food? Lunenberg, N.S.’s Lee Simpson did it, and she says she learned along the way about what she really needs and what she really doesn't.
Honda is recalling over 145,000 motorcycles in the U.S. to fix dragging rear brakes that can cause a fire or crash.
An expanding investigation by U.S. state attorneys general into VW's emissions claims will likely focus on every ad, banner or social media sales pitch describing its diesel cars as good for the environment. State laws ban deceptive or misleading business practices.
The federal government should consider restricting the use of small camera-equipped drones near "sensitive and protected" areas such as residential neighbourhoods, schoolyards and prisons, says the federal privacy czar.
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.5 million vehicles worldwide for a defective power window switch that can overheat, melt and lead to fires.
Canadian auto recalls hit an all-time high in 2014 and staying on top of all the call backs can be complicated but a free app is now available to help drivers navigate through the information.
Government documents suggest the federal Department of Finance is keeping close tabs on shadow mortgage lenders, a fast-growing segment of the market that could threaten the country's financial stability.
A number of customers and a local restaurant owner found themselves facing a frustrating ordeal after coupons purchased through an online service were not honoured.
Volkswagen's flagship brand will switch to new diesel emissions technology in Europe and North America as well as cut a billion euros ($1.1 billion) in annual investment spending.
October is breast cancer awareness month and a local group of volunteers is taking part in a project that is changing the day-to-day life for women who have had a mastectomy.
The Alberta government is now opening an online survey to gather opinions on the regulations of payday loan services in the hopes of strengthening controls to protect those who use such services.