That's Life - May 9, 2018

Once again, I would like to remind everyone that the telephone scum bags working with the Canada Revenue Agency phone scam centre, in India, have been hard at work. You have most likely received a call. Some of you gave them a piece of your mind and others, unfortunately, probably gave them a piece of your savings.

Complaints made to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre have resulted in 70 arrests. That’s the good news. The bad news is that 700 people work for this outfit.

Callers will convince the victim that they owe a large amount of taxes to the CRA, and they will insist on immediate payment by money transfers or prepaid gift or credit cards.

A significant reduction in these types of CRA scam calls have been reported since these arrests.

The public is reminded that if you receive a call saying you owe money to the CRA, or you will be receiving a return from the CRA, you should confirm the source before giving any information, or sending any money.

If you have signed up for online mail, the CRA will do the following:

• Send a registration confirmation email to the address you provided for online mail service for an individual or a business; and

• Send an email to the address you provided to notify you when new online mail is available to view in the CRA’s secure online services portal.

The CRA will not do the following:

• Send email with a link and ask you to divulge personal or financial information;

(Exception: If you call the CRA to request a form or a link for specific information, a CRA agent will forward the information you are requesting to your email during the telephone call. This is the only circumstance in which the CRA will send an email containing links.)

• Ask for personal information of any kind by email or text message;

• Request payments by prepaid credit cards;

• Give taxpayer information to another person, unless formal authorization is provided by the taxpayer; and

• Leave personal information on an answering machine.

When in doubt, ask yourself the following:

• Did I sign up to receive online mail from CRA?

• Did I provide my email address on my income tax and benefit return to receive mail online?

• Am I expecting more money from the CRA?

• Does this sound too good to be true?

• Is the requester asking for information I would not provide in my tax return?

• Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?

Now then, this is Emergency Preparedness Week. I’m sure most Three Hills folks streamed down to the Three Hills Fire Hall Tuesday evening to learn all about a subject that could save your life. If, for some reason you didn’t, do yourself and your family a big favour and learn more and prepare yourself for the unknown.

Assemble an emergency kit by filling a duffle bag with: (1) Water - two litres of water per person per day (include small bottles). (2) Food - that won’t spoil such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (replace annually). (3) Manual can opener. (4) Wind-up or battery powered flashlight (and extra batteries). (5) Wind-up or battery powered radio (and extra batteries). (6) First Aid Kit. (7) Extra keys for your car and house. (8) Cash and change. (9) Important family documents such as identification, insurance and bank records.

Prescription medications and medical equipment must always be at the ready.

Also, have a copy of your emergency plan and contact information in your kit. Keep your cellular phone fully charged and pack a charger in your kit.

Google the Government of Canada website getprepared.ca and click on Emergency Kits for additional items that could be added to your kit.

Attention Golfers

The Three Hills Golf Course will open for the season on Friday, May 11 at 7 am. All greens are in play and limited food and beverage service will be available at the parking lot trailer. The clubhouse is out of service at this time. Call 403-443-5065 for Tee Times and to secure your cart rental. The weather this weekend promises to be outstanding so get out there and enjoy a round or two. Acme and Trochu Golf Courses are up and running with full services offered.

The Three Hills Farmers’ Market starts on May 15 at the Curling Rink and takes place every Tuesday until September 18. They still have room for some additional Make it, Bake it, or Grow it vendors. Again this year the market is split with Farmers’ Market and a Public Market with all your favorite Home-based businesses.

See the Classified Display Ad in this issue for more details.

Now, don’t you dare forget that Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 13 this year. In Canada, it always falls on the second Sunday of May.

Don’t just do something special for your Mom, do something special with your Mom. Remember, all of the support your Mom has given you over the years. From kissing your scratched knee to laying out thousands of dollars to give you a hand up in your young life, your Mom has been there every step of the way.

Put some thought into Mother’s Day this year and every year. You know, your Mom is probably your biggest fan. How about showing her just how big a fan you are of her.

That’s Life.