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NEWS REPORTS > THE SUBURBAN 23 JANUARY 2002


We can't stop him: Consumer Protection
January 23, 2002
By Diodora Bucur

West-end resident Harris Black, whose job-placement services have prompted repeated complains to Quebec’s Consumer Protection Office, remains in business.

Some 29 complaints against Black and his various companies were filed with the Consumer Protection Office since 1996. In 2000, Black was fined $2,000 for breaking the Consumer Protection Act. An ad reading "office clerk needed, must be organized, English environment” and his phone number appeared in last week’ The Chronicle, the day The Suburban reported on Black’s activities.

That took Georges-André Levac of the Consumer Protection office by surprise. He says newspapers usually call up his office when a company refuses to give their name or address.

“I'm a bit surprised because the classified departments usually call us to see whether [a company] has any criminal history,” he said.

But Levac admits that there’s not much they can do to stop Black from running the ads. Newspapers' classified departments have the right to turn him down, says Levac.

Last week, The Suburban reported that Black operated under a variety of company names, including Addition 2000. Addition 2000 is a legally registered placement firm operated across Canada by Gilles Lamontagne. Lamontagne stresses his nine-year-old company has no connection with Black.

If you have information on Harris Black, contact us at senseigrm@sympatico.ca.