News & Events from Kitchener-Waterloo Movers

May 21, 2010

Toronto Police Issue Consumer Warning

By: Heather @ 4:52 pm

The Toronto Police have issued a warning to consumers regarding fraudulent and unscrupulous moving companies. See the attached press release for the details. Westmount Moving encourages all customers looking for moving services to follow the advice issued by the Toronto Police Services:

  • Use a moving company that has been used by friends of family or ask the company for references;
  • Limit the amount of deposit that you provide to a moving company;
  • Contact the Better Business Bureau or Consumer Protection Branch to see if there is a complaint history for the company;
  • Beware of very low rates which are often too good to be true;
  • Ask for contracts prior to the date of the move; and
  • Read contracts thoroughly and don’t sign anything you disagree with or do not understand.
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May 12, 2010

Fundraising for Children of Fallen Soldiers

By: Heather @ 2:57 pm

A message from Joe Gagnon

Over the years I have helped organize or participate in a number of different charitable events. Recently, I was approached by a colleague to get involved in something that I felt was not only very unique but very important. We have all watched “The National” on CBC or “Coaches Corner” on Hockey Night in Canada where we all too often would see the pictures of young men and women who have lost their lives in the war in Afghanistan. Whether we agree with the mission or not, we can all agree that it is horrible to see these young lives cut so short. Many of these soldiers are in their 20s and 30s and leave behind very young children,  of which many of them are under the age of 10.

We organized a once in a lifetime athletic challenge to help the children of these soldiers. 100% of the proceeds raised in this event will go to Canada Company, a nonprofit organization that sets up post secondary scholarship funds for the children of fallen soldiers.

We will be embarking on a 7 day journey starting in Toronto and finishing in Montreal starting on September 10th. We will do this by biking and running an average of 85km per day. Every day will end in a community party and will feature great food and local entertainment. I encourage anyone who is interested in participating in any way to support this important cause to contact me and I will be more than happy to provide additional details.

Joe Gagnon
President Westmount Moving & Warehousing

This PDF Press Release contains more information on the Canada company “tour de force”.

Tour de Force 2010

Make a donation or participate in the “Tour de force”

May 11, 2010

Advice for Consumers

By: Heather @ 7:33 pm

On Monday May 10th, Joe Gagnon, President of Westmount Moving, was interviewed by Tim Parent on the CJAD morning show regarding Industry Canada’s proposal to tighten rules for moving companies due to complaints from consumers ripped off by crooked operators.

Joe gave some advice to anyone choosing a mover to first ensure the mover is accredited with an organization such as the Better Business Bureau or the Canadian Association of Movers.

Another simple way to see if the mover has been around a while is to look in the Yellow Pages. If a mover doesn’t have an address and is operating from a cell phone – that is a good indication that they are a “fly by night” operation!

Hear a clip from the interview:

What to look for when hiring movers

Visit the Halifax & Provincial newspaper, the Chronicle Herald, with the story on fly-by-night movers.

Filed under: News