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Why you should check your plants — now: The Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Why you should check your plants — now: The Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Miss something this week? Don't panic. CBC's Marketplace has rounded up the consumer and health news you need.

Gov't handling of court system 'unacceptable,' says lawyer

Gov't handling of court system 'unacceptable,' says lawyer

Lawyer John Babb, one of a group of lawyers leading a legal fight to keep Harbour Grace open, said h…

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  • Why you should check your plants — now: The Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
    Why you should check your plants — now: The Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

    Miss something this week? Don't panic. CBC's Marketplace has rounded up the consumer and health news you need.

    Why you should check your plants — now: The Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

    Miss something this week? Don't panic. CBC's Marketplace has rounded up the consumer and health news you need.

  • 'You're pretty much hosed': Air Miles rewards lacking for expiring points, customers complain
    'You're pretty much hosed': Air Miles rewards lacking for expiring points, customers complain

    In the race to redeem their Air Miles before they expire, many collectors are expressing frustrations about limited rewards options. "You're pretty much hosed," claims Toronto collector John MacKenzie. …

    'You're pretty much hosed': Air Miles rewards lacking for expiring points, customers complain

    In the race to redeem their Air Miles before they expire, many collectors are expressing frustrations about limited rewards options. "You're pretty much hosed," claims Toronto collector John MacKenzie. At the close of 2011, Air Miles introduced a five-year expiry date on rewards miles.

  • Gov't handling of court system 'unacceptable,' says lawyer
    Gov't handling of court system 'unacceptable,' says lawyer

    Lawyer John Babb, one of a group of lawyers leading a legal fight to keep Harbour Grace open, said he wasn't surprised government decided not to close the courts, but noted it's been two weeks since the …

    Gov't handling of court system 'unacceptable,' says lawyer

    Lawyer John Babb, one of a group of lawyers leading a legal fight to keep Harbour Grace open, said he wasn't surprised government decided not to close the courts, but noted it's been two weeks since the Jordan decision. The lawyers' case to keep the court open centred around access to justice as well as the autonomy of …

  • Feeling gouged? How to save money on airline fees

    Gone are the good old days when an airline ticket included perks like a reserved seat, a checked bag and dinner. If you fly economy, a $25 checked bag fee is getting more difficult to avoid. Air Canada …

    Gone are the good old days when an airline ticket included perks like a reserved seat, a checked bag and dinner. If you fly economy, a $25 checked bag fee is getting more difficult to avoid. Air Canada and Air Transat only waive the charge for international flights.

  • How Ukraine's financial elite plundered the nation

    Transparency International describes Ukraine as the most corrupt country in Europe. On its Corruption Perceptions Index Ukraine ranks 130th out of 168 countries, a ranking it shares with, Paraguay, Iran, …

    Transparency International describes Ukraine as the most corrupt country in Europe. On its Corruption Perceptions Index Ukraine ranks 130th out of 168 countries, a ranking it shares with, Paraguay, Iran, Nepal, Nicaragua and Cameroon. Much of the reason for that ranking has to do with the seemingly unopposed fashion in …

  • Longueuil police brotherhood failed its duty to represent fired officer: judge

    The Longueuil police brotherhood failed in its duty to represent a temporary police officer who was fired in February 2014, Quebec's labour tribunal has ruled. In a decision that has been made public, …

    Longueuil police brotherhood failed its duty to represent fired officer: judge

    The Longueuil police brotherhood failed in its duty to represent a temporary police officer who was fired in February 2014, Quebec's labour tribunal has ruled. In a decision that has been made public, the court sided with former policeman Mathieu Gagnon, who accused the Brotherhood of "forcing" him to resign and refusing …

  • Proposed Halifax truck detour for Cogswell Interchange slammed

    A proposal to reroute transport truck traffic to a narrow, primarily residential street in downtown Halifax during the deconstruction of a major interchange is not sitting well with some residents and …

    Proposed Halifax truck detour for Cogswell Interchange slammed

    A proposal to reroute transport truck traffic to a narrow, primarily residential street in downtown Halifax during the deconstruction of a major interchange is not sitting well with some residents and businesses. The proposal would see large trucks driving through the narrow, primarily residential Morris Street in downtown …

  • Walmart fights with Visa, and Ottawa's CCB money goes out: BUSINESS WEEK WRAP

    Walmart stopped accepting Visa cards at three Thunder Bay-area stores this week, saying the fees the credit card service charges to process sales are too high. Walmart's business model is built on economies …

    Walmart stopped accepting Visa cards at three Thunder Bay-area stores this week, saying the fees the credit card service charges to process sales are too high. Walmart's business model is built on economies of scale — it can demand cheaper rates from suppliers because it is so large and can promise such huge sales. Tesla …

  • OC Transpo must modernize customer service in time for LRT, report cautions

    The report, which cost $83,933, was submitted to the Transit Commission earlier this year but wasn't made public. It found a high rate of customers who hung up before their calls to OC Transpo could be answered — …

    The report, which cost $83,933, was submitted to the Transit Commission earlier this year but wasn't made public. It found a high rate of customers who hung up before their calls to OC Transpo could be answered — 30 per cent at its peak in 2015, far higher than the seven or eight per cent rate at which customer satisfaction …

  • Oil dips below $44 US as loonie extends weakness

    The benchmark West Texas Intermediate futures contract traded as low as $43.74 US on Friday, down a dollar from Thursday's close, before inching back up to $44.19 by mid-afternoon. Analysts from a number …

    Oil dips below $44 US as loonie extends weakness

    The benchmark West Texas Intermediate futures contract traded as low as $43.74 US on Friday, down a dollar from Thursday's close, before inching back up to $44.19 by mid-afternoon. Analysts from a number of major firms — including BNP Paribas, UBS and Société Générale — have said over the last week that they expect the …

  • Arborfield residents irate over flood insurance

    After flood waters ravaged the community of Arborfield, Sask. in July, some residents are irate that more insurance companies do not cover floods in Saskatchewan.  

    Arborfield residents irate over flood insurance

    After flood waters ravaged the community of Arborfield, Sask. in July, some residents are irate that more insurance companies do not cover floods in Saskatchewan.  

  • NB Power applies new tax hike to charges made before July 1

    NB Power's decision to bill customers for the higher harmonized sales tax level, before the new rate officially kicked in, amounts to a "retroactive" tax hike, according to a taxpayers watchdog. Aaron Wudrick, …

    NB Power applies new tax hike to charges made before July 1

    NB Power's decision to bill customers for the higher harmonized sales tax level, before the new rate officially kicked in, amounts to a "retroactive" tax hike, according to a taxpayers watchdog. Aaron Wudrick, the federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said people have to know what they pay in taxes up …

  • B.C. Nurses' Union support staff on strike following lockout

    The union representing administrative employees who work for the B.C. Nurses' Union says their employer isn't treating its staff with the same generosity it demands from its employers. "I think it's a …

    B.C. Nurses' Union support staff on strike following lockout

    The union representing administrative employees who work for the B.C. Nurses' Union says their employer isn't treating its staff with the same generosity it demands from its employers. "I think it's a little much that a union that tries to portray itself as advocates for health care in Canada is turning around and attacking …

  • N.L. credit rating downgraded to lowest in Canada by bond rating agency Moody's

    A international credit ratings agency is painting a grim picture of Newfoundland and Labrador's finances, downgrading the province's credit rating to the make it the lowest in Canada, and keeping its outlook …

    A international credit ratings agency is painting a grim picture of Newfoundland and Labrador's finances, downgrading the province's credit rating to the make it the lowest in Canada, and keeping its outlook as negative. Moody's announced Thursday it had downgraded the rating from Aa2 to Aa3, noting the amount it expects the …

  • Gas hike pushes N.L. to top of list for cost of living increase

    Statistics Canada says Newfoundland and Labrador led the country with its cost of living increase in June, and higher gas taxes are to blame. The federal agency said on Friday that the Consumer Price …

    Gas hike pushes N.L. to top of list for cost of living increase

    Statistics Canada says Newfoundland and Labrador led the country with its cost of living increase in June, and higher gas taxes are to blame. The federal agency said on Friday that the Consumer Price Index in this province rose 2.4 per cent over the same month in 2015 — following a 1.5 percent gain in May. Statistics …

  • $800K to help foreign-trained workers in N.L. get jobs

    The federal government is pledging $800,000 to help foreign-trained workers in Newfoundland and Labrador find work in their field, thanks to an agreement signed between Ottawa and the province Friday morning. …

    $800K to help foreign-trained workers in N.L. get jobs

    The federal government is pledging $800,000 to help foreign-trained workers in Newfoundland and Labrador find work in their field, thanks to an agreement signed between Ottawa and the province Friday morning. MaryAnn Mihychuk, the federal employment minister, said often times immigrants will wait years before they get …

  • Some Arctic federal workers not getting isolation pay thanks to Phoenix glitch

    Federal government employees in Nunavut are feeling the pinch of the Phoenix payroll system debacle. About a third of the North's 500 federal employee workforce are among them, according to the Public …

    Some Arctic federal workers not getting isolation pay thanks to Phoenix glitch

    Federal government employees in Nunavut are feeling the pinch of the Phoenix payroll system debacle. About a third of the North's 500 federal employee workforce are among them, according to the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Working in the North has its perks, but the problem is many employees in Nunavut aren't getting …

  • Manitoba Hydro crews continue to restore power after storm

    About 5,000 Manitoba Hydro customers are still without electricity on Friday morning, as crews work around the clock to restore service following Wednesday evening's storm. In Winnipeg, Hydro says about …

    Manitoba Hydro crews continue to restore power after storm

    About 5,000 Manitoba Hydro customers are still without electricity on Friday morning, as crews work around the clock to restore service following Wednesday evening's storm. In Winnipeg, Hydro says about 25 customers are without electricity as of Friday morning — a big drop from the 14,000 customers who were affected at …

  • Inflation flat at 1.5% in June, same level as May

    Canada's inflation rate was 1.5 per cent in June, the same level as May.

    Inflation flat at 1.5% in June, same level as May

    Canada's inflation rate was 1.5 per cent in June, the same level as May.

  • Saskatchewan, Alberta premiers discuss their beer beef

    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is meeting with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley today in Whitehorse to discuss Alberta's new beer markup and grant policy. "We'll have to look at Saskatchewan's interests …

    Saskatchewan, Alberta premiers discuss their beer beef

    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is meeting with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley today in Whitehorse to discuss Alberta's new beer markup and grant policy. "We'll have to look at Saskatchewan's interests and perhaps that could mean retaliating but that would be a last resort," Wall said this week. The new policy introduced …