VOTING AT TWIN PINES
Residents of Twin Pines will vote, as usual, at Summerville Pines community centre. As we rarely receive voting cards, you will need to show one piece of identification that has your name and address on it in order to receive a ballot. Your voter Notification Card (if you received one) can’t be used as a piece of ID. l Acceptable ID includes an Ontario driver’s licence, an Ontario Photo Card, a cancelled personalized cheque, an insurance policy or any other document.
Do you have personal questions or concerns relating to your residency in Twin Pines?
Mandeep Sangha, Peel Living’s Tenancy Support Agent, will be on site in the Summerville Pines’ Community Hall on the following Mondays from 1 pm – 4 pm to assist you and address your tenancy related issues:
January 8, February 5, March 5, April 9, May 7, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 5, December 10.
Appointments will be seen first and drop in’s as time allows – in 15 minute intervals. Appointments can be made by calling 905-453-2500 ext 3612 during office hours Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
This is a welcome progression from Peel Living, particularly for those who do not have access to a computer or prefer to speak to someone ‘in person’ to air their concerns. Please do not hesitate to take advantage of it!
Once again the ‘scammers’ are out in full force! Now that income tax time has come around, they are working the phone lines claiming to be calling from the Canada Revenue Agency and demanding money for ‘supposedly’ back taxes owing. This scam has been increasing in the past couple of months. If you receive such calls, please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Below is an article from the Canada Revenue Agency website to make our readers aware and to beware of any calls received asking for money or threatening legal action and/or arrest.
Beware of new telephone scams
Ottawa, Ontario, … The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is noting an increase in telephone scams where the caller claims to be from the CRA but is not, and is asking Canadians to beware—these calls are fraudulent and could result in identity and financial theft.
Some recent telephone scams involve threatening taxpayers or using aggressive and forceful language to scare them into paying fictitious debt to the CRA. Victims receive a phone call from a person claiming to work for the CRA and saying that taxes are owed. The caller requests immediate payment by credit card or convinces the victims to purchase a prepaid credit card and to call back immediately with the information. The taxpayer is often threatened with court charges, jail or deportation.
If you get such a call, hang up and report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
These types of communication are not from the CRA. When the CRA calls you, it has established procedures in place to make sure your personal information is protected. If you want to confirm the authenticity of a CRA telephone number, call the CRA by using the numbers on its Telephone numbers page. The number for business-related calls is 1-800-959-5525. The number for calls about individual concerns is 1-800-959-8281.
To help you identify possible scams, use the following guidelines:
- never requests prepaid credit cards;
- never asks for information about your passport, health card, or driver’s licence;
- never shares your taxpayer information with another person, unless you have provided the appropriate authorization; and
- never leaves personal information on your answering machine or asks you to leave a message containing your personal information on an answering machine.
When in doubt, ask yourself the following:
- Is there a reason that the CRA may be calling? Do I have a tax balance outstanding?
- Is the requester asking for information I would not include with my tax return?
- Is the requester asking for information I know the CRA already has on file for me?
- How did the requester get my email address or telephone number?
- Am I confident I know who is asking for the information?
The CRA has strong practices to protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information. The confidence and trust that individuals and businesses have in the CRA is a cornerstone of Canada’s tax system. For more information about the security of taxpayer information and other examples of fraudulent communications, go to www.cra.gc.ca/security.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
For information on scams or to report deceptive telemarketing contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online atwww.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or toll free at 1-888-495-8501.If you believe you may be the victim of fraud or have given personal or financial information unwittingly, contact your local police service.