WestJet changes course on refunds; Housing prices down after record high: CBC’s Marketplace cheat sheet

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WestJet will voluntarily provide refunds (not just credits) for flights cancelled due to pandemic
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WestJet says it was fallacious to refuse buyer refunds for rebooked flights

WestJet says it made an error when the airline rebooked hundreds of shoppers on alternate flights final month and supplied no refunds — solely credit score — to those that needed to cancel their journey.

“We gave incorrect data or inconsistent data,” Richard Bartrem, WestJet’s vice-president of communications, stated in an interview.

Bartrem stated the Calgary-based airline is taking steps to make sure that affected clients can accumulate a refund if they need. 

Again in June, CBC Information spoke with 5 clients, booked on WestJet flights set to depart in July, who stated they’d been rebooked on an extended flight that included a stopover and, in three circumstances, departed on a unique day.

If the brand new itinerary did not work for them, they had been advised they’d should accept a credit score, not a refund.

“[It’s] tremendously irritating for the friends … and we’re sorry for that,” stated Bartrem. Learn extra

Seema Shirali of Markham, Ont., was upset after WestJet cancelled her direct flight from Toronto to New York Metropolis and supplied solely a credit score when she requested a refund. (Submitted by Seema Shirali)

Canadian home costs and residential gross sales hit information in March — however have fallen each month since

Are the costs of Canadian properties lastly trending downward after a report excessive in March? 

The Canadian Actual Property Affiliation stated Thursday that dwelling gross sales have fallen for 3 months in a row after setting an all-time excessive earlier this 12 months. 

Simply over 50,000 Canadian properties modified palms throughout June. The typical promoting value, $679,000, was down from $688,000 in Could, $696,000 in April and $716,000 in March.

On a month-to-month foundation, dwelling gross sales fell by 12 per cent in April, by seven per cent in Could after which by eight per cent in June. However they had been nonetheless 13 per cent larger than this time final 12 months and, actually, had the strongest June on report — an indication of simply how red-hot housing was earlier this 12 months. Learn extra

Cochrane, Alberta house owner Daybreak Granley is reluctant to promote her dwelling into the present scorching market, as a result of she’s nervous about what will probably be obtainable for her to purchase as soon as she does. 0:54

Digital divide holds again Indigenous communities, new report finds

It is laborious sufficient to begin a enterprise, however younger Indigenous entrepreneurs face an much more uphill battle due to a systemic digital hole that is holding them again — together with Canada’s complete financial system.

That is the principle takeaway from a brand new report by Royal Financial institution, after spending the final 18 months analyzing financial information and speaking with Indigenous stakeholders about the best way to unlock and maximize their financial potential.

A brand new report highlights the digital divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals in Canada and it raises issues in regards to the rising hole and the way it may have an effect on Indigenous youths’ monetary futures and talent to thrive. 2:00

The Indigenous youth inhabitants in Canada is rising 4 instances quicker than the remainder of the nation’s youth, the report discovered, and Indigenous individuals create new companies at 9 instances the Canadian common.

However whereas Indigenous entrepreneurs are an enormous and rising cohort, a giant purpose they continue to be a largely untapped useful resource is a large digital divide, together with the accessibility of high-speed web for a lot of households. Learn extra

What else is happening?

Might my rental constructing collapse just like the one in Florida? Skilled says issues could be discovered quicker in Canada
Guidelines require common inspections and most buildings have reserves for repairs.

How Canadians are ensuring nobody is left behind within the vaccine rollout
Marginalization, cultural boundaries and language divides create vaccine roadblock.

This cumin powder has been recalled for a salmonella contamination
In case you have UnjhaSpice model Cumin Powder in your cabinet, throw it out or return the product to the shop the place it was bought.

Canada’s pandemic warning system was understaffed and unready when COVID-19 hit, evaluation finds
An essential place on the Public Well being Company of Canada (PHAC) was vacant when the pandemic struck.

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