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
Police say they are becoming more aware of increasingly aggressive tactics being used to target Calgarians through the use of what’s called the ‘CRA Scam’.
Malicious software targeting smartphones with the Android operating system is becoming more common, with some handsets already infected when they're bought.
Canadians on average are socking away more money for potential financial emergencies than in the past, but a new survey has found that almost a quarter are still living paycheque to paycheque.
It’s just a few weeks until Calgary’s college and university students head back to school and scammers have come up with some clever ways to take advantage of those first time renters.
Kellogg's will ban artificial flavours and colours from all of its cereals worldwide including Special K and Frosted Flakes, it said Wednesday.
Brewery now repurposes the yeast slurry waste that usually gets thrown out during the beer fermentation process, so it can be turned into ethanol fuel.
Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers detailed how they were able to take control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet.
The majority of Canadians now bank online and many use e-Transfers to pay for things but thieves are also taking advantage of the convenience of Internet banking.
A new $5M class-action lawsuit has been launched by the victims of Treadz, a defunct Calgary consignment dealer, against the provincial regulatory body they say should have protected them.
The shooting of nine people at church in South Carolina on Wednesday has prompted many people to want to donate to the families of the victims and the BBB is advising donors to be aware of the potential for fund raising scams.
BlackBerry is foregoing its famous physical keyboard in its newest smartphone.
More than half of Canadians use online banking and most love the convenience of managing their cash from anywhere but many don’t realize that thieves are lurking on the Internet looking for opportunities to steal your information and your money.
Calgarians are excited that the Flames are in the playoffs and scammers are taking advantage of fans who are hoping to find tickets for the games.
The face of retail is changing in the city and is inspired by the demand from consumers for a unique shopping experience and a desire by store owners to set themselves apart from the competition
According to the Calgary Real Estate Board consumer confidence is waning in the wake of low oil prices and January's housing sales reflected that with the lowest level of activity seen here in five years.
Victims of the largest auto consignment fraud ever investigated in Calgary are finding out that there's not a lot the authorities can do to help them.
Thousands of apps are on the market for your smartphone and tablets to help you manage and maintain events in your life but what if you just want to cuddle? Well, there’s also an app for that.
Most consumers assume the products they use every day are safe and that they will be pulled from the market if a problem arises, but as Consumer Specialist Lea Williams-Doherty found out that’s not always the case.
Did you know that the terms of your long-term disability insurance policy can impact whether or not your employer can fire you?
The city has outlined plans for increasing taxes but some homeowners who pay using the instalment program are confused because they have already received notices before the final numbers are approved.
A bullet smashed through the window of a northeast home last month and the family that lives there says they are trying to get over the terrifying incident but are reminded everyday by the damage that was left behind.
More than a dozen Calgary families are crying foul and say a local renovation company cost them more than $3M when it went bankrupt.
Consumer Reports Magazine has just released its annual ratings of the most reliable and least reliable cars and car makers and a domestic company has managed to crack the top ten.
In 2013, the Calgary Parking Authority doled out 270,000 tickets and collected $15.6-million in fines, but some question what per cent of the tickets were legitimate infractions.