All fitness contracts have to be in writing and they have to contain certain information, as outlined by B.C. law.For more tips and information about B.C.’s fitness contract law, visit www.consumerprotectionbc.ca. Consumers can cancel their fitness contract within 10 days of signing, no matter what. (Also, consumers must receive their refund within 15 days of cancelling). The investigation into Fivestar Athletics began after Consumer Protection B.C. received a complaint that customers were being illegally entered into verbal contacts and denied cancellation rights.“Contracts required by martial arts studios and gyms are called continuing service contracts and this business sector needs to know there are serious consequences for breaking the law,” spokesperson for Consumer Protection B.C., Tatiana Chabeaux-Smith said in a written response. “The bottom line is that verbal contracts are not allowed and cancellation rights must be honoured.”The facility is now being ordered to meet a number of requirements under the Compliance Order and Administrative Penalty, including the reimbursement of $1,560 to a consumer, the payment of penalities totalling $2,300, and the reimbursement of $500 to Consumer Protection B.C. for partial inspection cost.- Advertisement -Fivestar Athletics must also immediately comply with contract requirements under the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, as well as the Consumer Contracts Regulation.What you should know before entering a fitness contractConsumer Protection B.C. is offering the following advice for anyone considering a gym membership for the upcoming year:Advertisement Consumers can cancel their fitness contract under certain circumstances (called “material changes”). For example, if the consumer moves more than 30 km away from the gym and comparable facilities aren’t available, they are allowed to cancel.
The Irish navy has helped Ireland reinforce its claim to Rockall – the rocky outcrop off the coast of Donegal.It’s claimed by the British, the Danes and the Icelanders but the Irish Navy has again laid claim to the hotly contested outcrop.The navy ship LE Roisin exercised Ireland’s sovereign rights over the plot this week in a “showing the flag” patrol. The rock lies 230 nautical miles northwest of Bloody Foreland.It may only be a dot in the Atlantic, but ownership of the tiny island – which rises 70ft out of the ocean and is a mere 83ft across – is hotly contested given its location.That’s because it sits on what is believed to be vast oil and gas fields worth billions of euro.The Defence Forces said the Irish Naval Service routinely conducts maritime security patrols to exercise Ireland’s sovereign rights. In 1955 the British announced they had landed a party on Rockall and taken possession of it in the name of Queen Elizabeth. A flagpole was erected, the Union Jack hoisted and a commemorative plaque bolted to the granite. IRISH NAVY REINFORCES OUR CLAIM TO ROCKALL OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: October 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bloody ForelandDonegal coastLE Roisinrockall