The Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth announced today that people caught price gouging reselling medical supplies could face fines of $2000. A situation that has become all too common not just in BC, but all over Canada as well. Price gougers have been much more commonly selling products locally with portable tables or off the back of trucks ever since Amazon removed over half a million price gouging product listings from their marketplace a little over a month ago. The BC Consumer Protection agency has already received over 800 reports of price gouging. More info can be found here.
With many provinces having different situations from each other, there have been some talks about some provinces starting to lift restrictions, even while other provinces are still seeing new case numbers growing day to day. Prime Minister Trudeau has now asked provinces to coordinate their plans, in the hopes of having a more unified response to COVID-19. It remains to be seen if the provinces will agree to this request, as some provinces are likely to be dealing with significant case increases for a much longer time, compared to say Prince Edward Island, which is in a much better position to control traffic in and out from provinces with higher case numbers. More info can be found here.
That’s all for now, stay safe everyone!