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Real estate agents caught on hidden camera breaking law, directing low-commission homebuyers

The latest Marketplace survey reveals shady real estate practices.

Impersonating buyers and sellers, Marketplace tested whether real estate agents engage in piloting, an anti-competitive practice that drives potential buyers away from properties that offer agents a lower commission. The team’s hidden cameras discovered that some agents were cheating on the buyers they are supposed to represent in an attempt to improve their own bottom line.

Experts and industry insiders say what Marketplace has uncovered is indicative of an industry working to benefit real estate agents at a cost to home sellers and buyers.

“There is a huge inertia, and maintaining the status quo absolutely benefits existing realtors 100%,” said real estate broker and agent Michael Walsh, one of the few to speak on this issue.

After hearing our findings, the Ontario Real Estate Board issued a management advisory to more than 93,000 real estate agents, brokers and brokerage firms under its jurisdiction, noting that such behavior violates its code of conduct. deontology. Read more

Investigation finds real estate agents breaking the law to keep commissions high, hamper competition and block private sellers. 10:30 p.m.

Family caught off guard after marketing company, funeral home cash in on father’s obituary

Before pancreatic cancer took his life in April, John Rothwell made his death wish clear: if the mourners wanted to donate to a cause on his behalf, the money should go to a fund for education that he and his family created.

Instead, family and friends unwittingly paid for a product that puts money in the pockets of companies profiting from grief, says his son Nathan Rothwell.

Rothwell told Go Public that while he knew the obituary would be on the Mackey Funeral Home website in Lindsay, Ont., He made sure it included a request for mourners to consider donate to the educational fund, instead of flowers.

What no one has told their family is that Frontrunner – a Kingston, Ont., Marketing company that operates the funeral home’s website and many others across the country – uses obituaries to sell. what she calls “memorial” trees and other products.

The obituary included links that said, “Plant a tree in memory of John Rothwell” and led to another website where mourners pay for products the family knew nothing about, Rothwell said.

“Family and friends spent money out of pocket for what they thought were my father’s wishes,” Rothwell said.

After Rothwell complained and implicated a lawyer, Frontrunner doubled what mourners paid for the trees and donated that money – over $ 2,000 – to the education fund. The company maintains that it did nothing wrong. Read more

Nathan Rothwell says his father wanted the memorial donations to go to an education fund. Instead, some of the money went to private companies using obituaries to sell memorial-themed tree plantations. (Robert Krbavac / CBC)

U.S. land border reopens, but Canadians with mixed vaccines still in limbo

While it’s good news that the United States will reopen its shared land border with Canada to non-essential travel on November 8, some Canadians with mixed vaccine doses are not celebrating yet.

This is because at the same time the United States reopens the land border, it will begin to require that foreign land and air travelers entering the country be fully vaccinated.

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not currently recognize mixed COVID-19 vaccines – such as one dose of AstraZeneca and one dose of Pfizer or Moderna – and has yet to say whether travelers with two doses different will be blocked from entry when the vaccine requirement goes into effect.

“The CDC will release additional guidance and information as travel requirements are finalized later this month,” spokeswoman Jade Fulce said in an email on Wednesday. Read more

A United States Customs and Border Protection officer orders vehicles to re-enter the United States from Canada at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit on August 9. Beginning in early November, Canadians entering the United States by land and air will need to be fully immunized, but there is uncertainty as to whether two doses of different vaccines will count. (Matthieu Hatcher / Getty Images)

What else is going on?

What we know about children and COVID-19 vaccines
If parents feel heard and understood, they are in a much better position to make decisions, say pediatricians

Zellers is coming back – sort of – but the lowest price isn’t quite the law
The discount store brand reappears months after HBC appears to lose its trademark registration.

Sweatpants forever? Why the ‘athleisure’ fashion trend could survive the pandemic
The pandemic has changed fashion trends – and experts say our desire for comfort is here to stay.

Canada seeks $ 25 million in COVID relief from thousands of fishermen
Over half of the fishers affected by the refund claim are in Nova Scotia.

Specialized Tarmac SL7 Bikes Recalled Due To Fall Hazard
Consumers should immediately stop using the bikes and contact an authorized Specialized Retailer.

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