My name is Charles Pedley, retired teacher, retired financial coach, present bus driver and webpreneur**. I have 3 degrees, all above zero. 🙂 I have read more financial books, magazines, articles and gone to more financial seminars than I can count. I have passed more tests, and taken more continuing education courses to keep myself up-to-date. (You can never really be fully up-to-date. But effort makes you reach higher.)
Several years ago I retired from 10 years of selling life insurance, and creating financial plans for families as well as helping them get out of debt.
However the thing I missed most about retiring was helping people who did not understand that they may have been sold life insurance that they did not need, or some mutual funds which were not appropriate for them.
I really liked starting them on a plan to get themselves out of debt. (Dave Ramsey would be VERY happy!)
A friend phoned me up and asked me to help them with a particular problem. I knew where to look and found out what they needed to know to stop a debt collector from hassling them day after day.
They were working on paying it back but could not do it at the rate the debt collector wanted them to. So he just kept phoning and threatening them that they would lose their house if they did not pay up as of yesterday.
It was then that I conceived of the idea of creating a site where people can ask questions of someone with NO VESTED INTEREST because I can not sell any financial product as I am not licensed any more. But that gives me the freedom to recommend whatever is best for families or individuals!
That became the vision of HelpYou.ca.
Now since we are just starting, please be patient. Thank you! 🙂
However we do have some links to help you already.
** = I coined the word webpreneur to mean someone who makes money on the internet.
Canadian Consumer Handbook – Create and Download the Info You Need as Your Own Personal Handbook!
Below are a few links for information you can put in your handbook!
- Collection Agencies
- Credit Reporting
- Debit Card Fraud
- Financial Services
- Payday Lending
Products & Services
- Apparel and Textile Care
- Buying Goods and Services
- Car Sharing
- Gift Cards
- Group Buying
- Product Safety
- Refund and Exchange
- Rent to Own
- Reward Programs
- Vehicle Defects (Lemons)
- Vehicle Purchase
- Consumer Privacy
- Door to Door Sales
- Identity Theft
- Mail Order
- Misleading Advertising
- Multi-level Marketing and Pyramid Selling Schemes
- Online Shopping
- Unfair or Deceptive Business Practices
- Consumers and the Environment
- Energy and Utilities
- Responsible Product Disposal
- Tips for Green Living
- Federal, Provincial and Territorial Consumer Affairs Offices
- Consumer Groups
- Better Business Bureaus
Learn to Complain More Effectively
The Complaint Roadmap uses a step-by-step approach to help you learn how to complain more effectively and direct you to the right complaint handling body when dealing with businesses, service providers, and retailers.
Tools and Resources
Tools and Resources for Consumers
The Recalls and Safety Alerts Database found on the Healthy Canadians website provides consumers with easy access to a comprehensive list of recalls, advisories, and safety alerts. This database includes recalls from Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Transport Canada.