Briefs May 3, 2012

Grass fire fatality

An out-of-control grass fire claimed the life of a 78-year-old Portage la Prairie-area man April 26. RCMP say the victim was attempting to control a grass fire that had spread to a shed on his property. Firefighters brought in to contain the blaze located the deceased inside the shed.

RCMP say there has been an unusual number of grass fires in the province this spring due to the dry conditions.

New cell contract rules

staff / Cellphone users may take less of a hit when cancelling a contract with their service provider with the proclamation of the Consumer Protection Amendment Act (Cellphone Contracts) April 23. The provincial legislation comes into effect Sept. 15 and requires greater transparency in cellphone contracts and promotes fairer practices.

Cellphone companies will have to do a better job explaining contract terms and costs and consumers will be able to cancel contracts at any time by paying a “reasonable” fee based on a pro-rated value of the equipment provided as part of the contract.

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