How to make online shopping more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make online shopping more accessible.

The trick here is to ensure that your online shopping facility is easy to
access, easy to navigate and one that visitors will return to time and time
again. No; it is not just about cute colors, snazzy images, and great
graphics! If you really wish to make your online shopping facility
accessible and nagigable, then I have some suggestions for you.

1. Make sure that your forms are easy to complete. That is, that your
fields are clearly identifiable and that they are easy to fill in.

2. Make sure that you clearly explain your products; not just through
pictures and graphics but also through the use of text that is easy to
understand and that it is written in plain and simple language.

3. Make full use of alt text to clearly describe graphics and icons.

4. Provide alternate texts of down loadable files in such formats as Txt,
Doc, HTML, and accessible PDF.

5. Make sure that your content is easy to access and easy to read.

6. Provide appropriate messages to let the person know if their transactions
have either been successfully completed or if they have failed and give
reasons and suggestions as to why they have failed and how to correct the
errors.

7. Provide suitable contrasts in foreground and background and make sure
that your fonts are easy to read.

8. Finally; employ accessibility testers to test for accessibility. One of
the most common pitfalls is that too many companies fail to hire persons
with disabilities to test choosing instead to hire regular testers.

This should be a good start for you.

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Top privacy tip of the week – Applying for insurance policies

Protecting your privacy
Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Applying for insurance policies
It does not matter what type of insurance policy you are applying for; life,
accidental, house, or anything else.
It is probably best to do this with a reputable insurance company.

If you choose to go with an independent insurance agent, then you need to
ensure that you know this person well enough to trust them with your private
details such as date of birth, Social Insurance number and more.

Whichever alternative you choose, ask for an electronic copy to be sent to
you so that you can read for yourself what you are about to sign.
When you are about to sign, best to take along someone that you trust so
that they can read the hard copy to you so that you can ensure that your
electronic copy matches what is being read.

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Helpful tips for July 2018 – use for several situations

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
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Helpful tips for July 2018

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Here is something interesting about the difference between outdoor air and
indoor air:
Yes, indoor air contains more pollution.

A proven technique to making nice soft jello:
Spread jello in a mixing bowl.
Then pour 1 cup of boiling water over it.
Next pour 1 cup of cold water over it.
Add fruits but first drain them.
Place in fridge to set.

How do you know when your sponge has seen its final days?
When it goes soft and droopy.

Okay, some interesting facts about cats and dogs:
Cats are part of the lion’s family and
Dogs are part of the Wolf’s family.

Some important facts about eggs:
Buying eggs
At the store, open the carton and inspect the eggs to see whether there are
any broken or cracked eggs and also test the weight by holding one in your
hand. The heavier the egg, the fresher it is.
When eggs are really fresh, the air cell within them is very small. As the
eggs age, moisture is lost and is replaced by air, which means that the eggs
will become lighter and lighter in weight, as the air cell grows bigger and
the egg becomes less fresh.
The way in which the eggs are stored can also affect their quality and
freshness.
Storing eggs
You should store the eggs in the refrigerator at a constant temperature of
40 degrees or below. Temperatures above 40 degrees may lead bacteria to grow
and rapidly multiply.
Keep the eggs in the original carton and place them on one of the shelves
inside the fridge, where the temperature is cold and consistent.
Do not store the eggs inside the fridge door, where warm air enters the
fridge each time the door is opened. Eggs may be kept for up to five weeks
if stored properly in the refrigerator.
Eggs are susceptible to changes in temperature, which can result in loss of
quality.
Make sure that the eggs are kept in the same position as when they were
packaged, with the pointed end facing downwards, as this prevents any damage
to the air cell.
Keeping the eggs in their original carton is very important, as the
protective cardboard slows down moisture loss and protects the eggs from the
absorption of strong odors and flavors, through their porous shells, from
nearby strong-smelling foods. The best before date can also be seen if the
eggs are kept in the original packaging.
Some people store eggs in a cool larder or room, as many recipes call for
eggs to be used at room temperature; however, eggs will deteriorate quicker
at a warmer temperature.
24 hours of storage in the refrigerator is the same as 4 to 5 days in a cool
room.
Eggs stored in a cool room, should really be consumed within two weeks.
To warm eggs up to room temperature for certain recipes, either remove the
eggs from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before needed, or place the
eggs in a bowl of very warm water for several minutes.
Freezing Eggs:
How to freeze an egg
It is possible to freeze eggs, but they must be removed from their shells
and placed in a small airtight container or freezer bag.
If you wish to freeze whole eggs, beat the eggs until they have blended
together and place them in an airtight plastic container. Label the
container with the date and the number of eggs.
The same can be carried out for egg whites, but egg yolks require a bit more
care.
Beat the egg yolks in a bowl and add a pinch of salt if they are to be used
for savory dishes, or a pinch of sugar, for sweet dishes. This will stop the
yolks from becoming too thick as they freeze over time. Pour the egg yolks
into an airtight container, label the container and place in the freezer.
Defrost frozen eggs in the refrigerator overnight, never at room temperature
and use them as soon as they have defrosted.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

house rules for cleaning silver in the dishwasher
i grew up being fearful of the oddest things. i wasn’t bold enough to
question why, so i just did as i was told. here’s one: never, ever put good
dishes or silver flatware in
the dishwasher. ever! i didn’t know what would happen if i did, but you can
be sure that my fear of the unknown made certain i didn’t come close to
finding out. until my
rebellious years.
once i had my own china and my own silver, i was reckless enough to believe
i wouldn’t go to jail if i violated this particular “thou shalt not!” i was
reminded of what i’ve
learned about putting silver in the dishwasher when the following question
showed up in my inbox:
dear mary: i have a set of silver flatware that i use daily. i notice that
after a few times through a normal cycle, the pieces become very tarnished.
it is not a particularly
good set, just a nice set of flatware for daily use. do you think that the
dishwashing detergent is tarnishing the silver? annedear anne: your silver
plate or sterling silver
pieces can go in the dishwasher and come out beautiful as long as you follow
a few specific guidelines. case in point:
my small pie server is one of my favorite things. i love it for its
size and just the way it feels in my hand. i use it daily and it goes in the
dishwasher every evening-by itself in its own little compartment so that it
is not touching any
other type of metal. since i inherited it many years ago i have done nothing
to it but use it, clean it and enjoy it.
as for your flatware, i’m going to guess that what you see is not tarnish
but rather a reaction that occurs when silver comes in contact with other
types of metal in the
dishwashing process (see rule 3 below).
first, it’s important to know that when it comes to silver, cleaning and
polishing are not the same thing. polishing should be a very occasional
activity while cleaning is
something you do to your silver after every meal. the dishwasher is an
excellent way to take of cleaning.
tarnish is the result when sulphur in the air reacts with silver. if you
have silver pieces that are very tarnished, you need to give them a good
polish (simichrome
polish and hagerty silversmith’s spray polish are both highly regarded for
fine silver care). once polished, frequent use is the best way to prevent
tarnish build-
up.
here are good house rules for how to clean silver in the dishwasher (care of
silverplate is the same as for sterling):
rule 1. only solid flatware and pieces in the dishwasher. that means no
pearl handles, items with glue joints or weighted/reinforced items.
rule 2. rinse off immediately after use. don’t let food sit on silver as it
may cause corrosion or pitting.
rule 3. don’t let the silver pieces touch any other type of metal, including
stainless, which will leave marks on your silver that are very difficult to
remove. (it will
require a good silver polish like those mentioned above and a lot of elbow
grease.) you can put silver in the same dishwasher load as stainless, just
in a
different flatware compartments. never allow the two materials to come into
direct contact.
rule 4. when washing silver in the dishwasher, stick with the normal or
delicate cycle, not heavy-duty scrubber or high-temp sanitizing type
options.
rule 5. do not use automatic dishwasher detergent that contains lemon,
citrus or phosphates when washing silver.
now that the silver is clean, use it and enjoy it!
by mary hunt on 11/03/16
ww.everydaycheapskate.com

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“Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow” and “” 5 Best
Green Gifts for the Person Who Has “Everything!”

*I. “Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow”

The Huffington Post – 01/10/2014

Author: Nikki Fotheringham

Salt does do a great job of melting ice and snow through the winter, but its
pretty bad news for you, your pets, the environment and your garden. Pets
get salt on their paws and this dries them out and causes cracking; salt
corrodes metal, damages concrete and wreaks havoc on your garden and lawn.

With spring melt, all the accumulated salt ends up in your waterways, where
the local wildlife may not survive the seasoning. You know that salt is bad
for you, so here are some green alternatives
to melt your winter ice.

Organic, Salt-free De-icer:

It’s a little pricier than salt, but these products will help to keep your
walkways and driveways ice-free.

Kitty Litter:

Okay, this doesn’t actually melt the ice, but it does provide traction for a
more non-slip surface.

Urea:

This is a natural de-icer, and while it won’t harm your pets, corrode your
metal or pit your concrete, it can be really bad news for your plants, so
avoid using it near the garden.

Alfalfa Meal:

This is a super effective, natural, green ice melting alternative. It’s 100
percent natural, and is usually used as a fertilizer. It’s grainy so it will
provide traction and is extremely effective when used in moderation.

Sugar Beet Juice:

The juice from sugar beets lowers the melting point of ice and snow, which
helps to clear your driveway. It’s even been used to melt ice and snow on
municipal roads in some areas. It’s safe for animals, people, metals,
concrete and plants. Beet juice is one of the only options which are
effective below negative 20 degrees Celsius.

Sand or coffee grinds:

Sprinkle sand over your icy surfaces to provide traction, and the darker
colors absorb more heat and help to melt snow and ice.

Don’t underestimate the importance of shoveling. A good shovel will clear
your drive while giving you a wicked workout, and it’s the most natural,
environmentally friendly and green way to get rid of ice and snow this
winter.

*II. ” 5 Best Green Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything!”

Author: Nikki Fotheringham

December 15 2016

Giving to others is great for your health and happiness. Now you can give
twice with gifts that give back. This Christmas touch more than one life
with these amazing gifts that will help those in need.

1. Globe In

https://globein.com/

This really is the gift that keeps on giving! These absolutely gorgeous
boxes are curated collections of artisanal, handmade gifts from all over the
world. Buy a box for someone special, or join the club. For just
$10 a month, you can get the artisan pick of the
month – a wonderful gift to you every month. These products help budding
entrepreneurs in developing country. Help fight poverty and give a great
gift!

When you buy three boxes, you get one for free. I bought the
picnic box for just $50 and absolutely LOVED it!

https://shop.globein.com/collections/artisan-boxes-1/products/the-picnic-box
?variant=12722972294

2.
Adopt a Narwhal

All net-proceeds help support our conservation efforts.

https://shop.wwf.ca/collections/adoptions/products/narwhal?utm_source=global
nav

&utm_medium=globalfooter&utm_content=narwhal&utm_campaign=adoptions-fy17

Of course you can! The World Wildlife Fund offers an adoption program that
helps fund their efforts to save endangered species. Your donation of $40
allows you to adopt a narwhal (with certificate), and gets you this adorable
narwhal plush toy, a narwhal poster and a reusable shopping bag.

There are many other wonderful animals to adopt too.

3.
Save the Elephants

Save Elephant Love Keychain with Free Gift Box – Ashley Jewels

https://www.ashleyjewels.com/products/magnetic-elephant-love-keychain

These elephant key chains helps to raise awareness and money for the Save
the Elephants fund. You can buy one for yourself and a loved one too. For
just $10 you can get a wonderful gift and help to save our majestic
elephants. And who knows, perhaps if you have this elephant on your keyring,
you’ll never forget where you put your keys!

4.
Greenmoxie’s Guide to Sustainable Living

Greenmoxie: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Living 1

https://www.amazon.com/Greenmoxie-Practical-Guide-Sustainable-Living-ebook/d
p/B00QXWJSRU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481232542&sr=8-1&keywords=greenmoxie+gu
ide+to+sustainable+living

We take you through your home, office and garden and show you how to do just
about everything in a more eco-friendly way. From upcycling projects you can
do with your kids, to making your own make-up and everything in between,
this book is a comprehensive guide for those who want to live a leaner,
greener and healthier life. Make awesome stuff, save the planet, have fun &
save money!

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From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
Travel documents

There used to be a time that all that you would need when traveling would
either be your passport or just your ID card or anything with a photo ID.
This has changed dramatically over the years and as things stand today you
probably need more than this to help you get where you want to go.

I have seen at times where someone is asked for more than one piece of photo
ID and I am not sure why and I am not even going to speculate. So this
being said it would probably be a good idea for you to pack more than one
piece of photo ID the next time you travel. Be it by air, by train, and
whenever you cross the border into another country via car or train or bus.

All of these instances should be paid attention to. The landscape is
changing and will continue to change for the very foreseeable future so
please take this seriously.

Just remember now that whenever you are asked for photo ID and if you are
unable to satisfy this request it is more than likely that you will be
stopped in your tracks and you won’t be able to continue on your trip.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio
mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase
or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
www.donnajodhan.com/store.html
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

If you enjoy podcasts then check out my weekly one called take another 5!
From recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for entrepreneur and
scam alerts!
Available for download at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan and at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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Top privacy tip of the week – Applying for a credit card

Protecting your privacy
Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Applying for a credit card
once you have made up your mind which credit card you would like to apply
for; next you need to find which bank issues said card.
Then you should go to said bank and ask for assistance to complete the
application form.
It is always best for you to do it this way so that you do not need to
depend on someone else to assist you with the hard copy form.

If you choose to do it the online way, then chances are that you would run
into challenges with websites that are not very user friendly.

You could also apply for your card using the phone banking way.
However, you need to take the necessary precautions to ensure your privacy
when your credit card confirmation letter arrives in the mail.

This letter will contain your credit card number and your 3 digit security
code along with your expiry date.
Take this letter to your closest bank and ask staff to read this to you and
copy it down in a format that you can read.
Keep this letter safe and do not forget to sign your credit card.
Sign it in front of a bank staff member to be safe.

Just keep this in mind: Your credit card is one of the most favourite
targets of scammers and hackers!
Keep it safe and hidden at all times from prying eyes!

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A review of the Atlantica Hotel

If you ever visit the beautiful Province of Nova Scotia, then this hotel
should be a must stay for you!

A review of the Atlantica Hotel
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
This Hotel is located in Halifax Nova Scotia and is practically close to
everything; restaurants, shopping, and is not too far by a very inexpensive
limo from the Robert Stanfield Airport.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.
Restaurant staff were helpful and willing to read menus and make suggestions
on specialties.

About hotel staff:
They were very friendly, extremely helpful, and went out of their way to
ensure that my stay was a great one.

My meals:
Excellent, included rich blends of Halifax cuisine along with European and
the rest.

Any suggestions?
Just hurry now and visit this wonderful hotel.

Contact info:
Atlantica Hotel Halifax – 1980 Robie St at Quinpool Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H
3G5 CANADA
Toll Free: 1.888.810.7288 | Local: 902.423.1161 | Hotel Fax: 902.423.9069

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Privacy tip of the week – Applying for health cards

Protecting your privacy
Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Applying for health cards
This applies mainly to Canada but it may be generic enough for you to use in
your home country.

This time, and if you do not have a trusted person to help you, give a call
to your provincial MPP’s office.
If you do not know their number, then follow these steps.
Phone 1800 622 6232 and ask for the number of your Federal MP.
Upon obtaining this number call it and ask for the number of your provincial
MPP.
Then call this number and explain what you are attempting to do.
Tell them that you are vision impaired and that you need assistance to
obtain your health card.
Tell them exactly what you need; you need to know what documentation you
need to take, where to go, and if possible to find someone who can go with
you if you do not have a trusted person to go with you.

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Can totally paperless be a reality?

By Donna J. Jodhan

This is a question that continues to follow us and I myself am not very sure
that I have a definitive answer for you. What I can tell you is this! If I
were to be given a choice, I would definitely vote to have a workplace that
is almost totally paperless. I do recognize that paper would probably never
die but a case of 90 percent versus 10 percent in favor of paperless would
make me happy.

There is definitely a continuing place and case to be made for having paper
remain in the workplace but with the present trend of rapidly evolving
technology where i devices and other types of mobile devices are now part of
our landscape and here to stay, the case for paperless is definitely much
stronger now than it was about a decade ago.

I do not believe that paper would ever completely die; so hang on to your
printers and paper. For blind persons, the ideal workplace may be one where
paperless reigns as king but for a blind person who enjoys working with
Braille or feels more comfortable having the dots at their fingertips so to
speak, then there is the case for having paper stick around. For the blind
person who still uses paper and stylus they can certainly function if there
is no electricity or if their system happens to be down but paperless would
not really be helpful in this circumstance.

Could paperless and paper co-exist in the workplace? Definitely so and for
a blind person this may be the ideal landscape. The best of both worlds so
to speak. In short, to have one’s cake and eat it too! Paperless to
communicate with the rest of the world and paper (communicating in Braille)
at their leisure with those who they desire to do so with.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your free lance writer and roving reporter wishing you
a terrific day.
You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/author.jodhan

For more of my blogs, please visit:
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog,
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm and
www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com.
For my audio mysteries: Visit http://www.donnajodhan.com.

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Top privacy tip of the week – Completion of college and university applications

Protecting your privacy
Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Completion of college and university applications
Mote: The information below is more specific to Canada.

Here, a good idea would be for you to visit the office for special needs
students at the college or university that you are applying to and seek
their assistance.
You would be amazed to find that these offices are extremely helpful and
that staff are standing by to help you.
To find the phone number for the college or university in question, you
could start by calling the main information number and then asking to be
connected to the office for special needs students.
If the operator is unable to help you then ask for the registrar’s office.

12. Applying for health cards – done
This time, and if you do not have a trusted person to help you, give a call
to your provincial MPP’s office.
If you do not know their number, then follow these steps.
Phone 1800 622 6232 and ask for the number of your Federal MP.
Upon obtaining this number call it and ask for the number of your provincial
MPP.
Then call this number and explain what you are attempting to do.
Tell them that you are vision impaired and that you need assistance to
obtain your health card.
Tell them exactly what you need; you need to know what documentation you
need to take, where to go, and if possible to find someone who can go with
you if you do not have a trusted person to go with you.

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How to make take out restaurants more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make take out restaurants more accessible

The thing to keep in mind is that with each passing year, the number of
consumers who are seniors and those with a disability is only going to
increase and why? It all has to do with the aging process which cannot be
avoided or halted.

So to get you started, here are some tips for you.

1. Make sure that your counters are easy to access and reach. That is, that
from sidewalk to counter it is easy to find and that for especially those in
wheelchairs, these counters are placed at a reachable height so that
communication between customer and staff can be easyily attained.

2. That staff are appropriately trained to be able to communicate not just
in the customer’s language but also that they are able to carry out
conversations in an articulate and fluent manner.

3. That staff are appropriately trained to be able to serve those customers
who have a disability; vision impaired, hard of hearing, or those with a
mental or learning difficulty.

4. That staff are prepared and willing and ready to assist those seniors who
need help to maneuver their take out cartoons and trays.

5. That the entrances to your take out establishments and exits from your
establishments are accessible; that is, that they are easy to find, easy to
navigate through, and easy to access.

This should be a great basis on which to build your accessibility platform.

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Protecting your privacy – Applying for a passport

Don’t take your passport for granted! There is someone out there who is
just waiting to snatch it when you’re not looking!
Protecting your privacy
Each week we at the business desk will be presenting you with a tip on how
to better protect your privacy and this is our newest feature.

We are constantly striving to protect ourselves from scams and scammers, but
most of all we need to ensure that our privacy, confidentiality, and
independence are kept safe from prying eyes and those who thrive on
destroying our right to these precious commodities.

We welcome your feedback and look forward to bringing you great tips.

The business desk team

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Applying for a passport

Each country has a different process when it comes to applying for a
passport and the post below applies to those living in Canada.
However, there are certain similarities that can be applied elsewhere.

These are the following ways that you can do this and it all depends on
whether you are applying for a new passport or applying for a passport
renewal.
You can do it online but the relevant website is not user friendly for a
vision impaired person.
Or you can obtain the relevant forms at the nearest post office.
However, you will again need help to do this with the aid of a trusted
person.
You could get a head start by phoning your Federal MP’s office and asking
them to tell you which supporting documentation you would need and you could
also ask them to help provide you with a trusted person if you are unable to
find someone.
Chances are that they will help you all the way.
From completing the forms to accompanying you to the nearest Service Canada
office to present it to the agent.
However, you should be prepared that this may not be the case but it is
worth a try.
To obtain the name and phone number of your Federal MP, call the toll free
number 1 800 622 6232

Remember now: Make sure to store your passport in a very safe place as it
contains details of your date of birth and if your passport is ever lost, it
means that your details are probably now in the hands of unauthorized
persons.

Without a passport you cannot travel abroad.

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