Optimum points can be collected on prescription purchases at Shoppers Drug Mart in all provinces except Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland. Points are awarded on the full price of the patient's prescriptions. In the province of P.E.I optimum points are where points are awarded on the portion of the prescription paid for by the patient.

A Shoppers Optimum Member may only accumulate points for prescription drug purchases filled in his or her own name, with the exception of any of the member's children under the age of 16.

There is a way in which your can collect Optimum points on prescription purchases in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland. Buy a Shoppers Drug Mart gift card and then uses this card to pay for your prescriptions. Shoppers Drug Mart gift cards are the only electronic gift cards for which Optimum points are awarded.

If your benefits plan pays the pharmacy directly then you will only get Optimum points on your co-pay portion.

This method is exactly the same as doubling your Optimum points by buying Shoppers Drug Mart gift cards with your rewards credit card and then using the Shoppers Drug Mart gift card to pay for your purchases. You double your Optimum points and get your credit card rewards as well.

A while back I wrote an article about Bell Canada's ebilling. Bell Canada arbitrarily switched all of their pre authorized billing customers over to ebilling or paperless billing as they called it. Your account infomation and your monthly bill would be placed online. If you wanted to receive your regular paper bill you would have to call them or go online and sign back up.

On July 29 Toronto Hydro revealed that 179,000 customers who had signed up for ebilling had their online account information stolen. They are sending out letters to all of their customers warning them of potential fraud using their Toronto Hydro account information.

Another example of when it comes to protecting your personal infomation and privacy, as Mulder would say "Trust No One."

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Toronto Hydro's E-Billing System Hacked
Wednesday July 29, 2009
CityNews.ca Staff

Police are investigating after a hacker broke into the accounts of as many as 179,000 Toronto Hydro customers.

The company noticed unusual activity in its e-billing system last week and found someone had accessed files containing customers' names, addresses and account numbers.

The fear now is that the offender may contact those customers in an attempt to obtain further personal or credit card information.

Toronto Hydro stresses it would never contact customers by phone of door-to-door to confirm the accuracy of information.

If customers receive a suspicious phone call or letter, they should contact the company at 416-542-8000 or contactus@torontohydro.com.