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Toxic Jewelry and holiday scams: CBC Marketplace's consumer cheat sheet

Toxic Jewelry and holiday scams: CBC Marketplace's consumer cheat sheet

The B.C. man's home nightmare happened because his insurance company's preferred contractors botched the job. Now his house is unlivable and he and his family are camped out in a trailer in the driveway. Here'…

Manitoba Hydro's walking on a tightrope — or is it?

Manitoba Hydro's walking on a tightrope — or is it?

It's no secret that Manitoba Hydro has a debt problem. The board knows it, the government knows it a…

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  • Toxic Jewelry and holiday scams: CBC Marketplace's consumer cheat sheet
    Toxic Jewelry and holiday scams: CBC Marketplace's consumer cheat sheet

    The B.C. man's home nightmare happened because his insurance company's preferred contractors botched the job. Now his house is unlivable and he and his family are camped out in a trailer in the driveway. Here's …

    Toxic Jewelry and holiday scams: CBC Marketplace's consumer cheat sheet

    The B.C. man's home nightmare happened because his insurance company's preferred contractors botched the job. Now his house is unlivable and he and his family are camped out in a trailer in the driveway. Here's what you need to know before you file an insurance claim.

  • Pregnant waitress allegedly forced to quit an all too common issue, says lawyer
    Pregnant waitress allegedly forced to quit an all too common issue, says lawyer

    Boender goes on to allege that the comments increased as her pregnancy progressed, until her doctor recommended she stop working because the stress of the ongoing humiliating treatment could harm her baby …

    Pregnant waitress allegedly forced to quit an all too common issue, says lawyer

    Boender goes on to allege that the comments increased as her pregnancy progressed, until her doctor recommended she stop working because the stress of the ongoing humiliating treatment could harm her baby — despite her not yet being eligible for maternity benefits.

  • When fake news and marketing don't mix: 20th Century Fox apologizes for movie's ad campaign

    Experts say the backlash to an ad campaign by film studio 20th Century Fox offers an important lesson in modern marketing: advertising and fake news don't mix in today's media environment. According to …

    Experts say the backlash to an ad campaign by film studio 20th Century Fox offers an important lesson in modern marketing: advertising and fake news don't mix in today's media environment. According to a report from Buzzfeed News, various stories from the fake news websites were shared across social media by readers who …

  • Manitoba Hydro's walking on a tightrope — or is it?
    Manitoba Hydro's walking on a tightrope — or is it?

    It's no secret that Manitoba Hydro has a debt problem. The board knows it, the government knows it and even its president and CEO admits Hydro has set itself up for years of razor-thin margins that give …

    Manitoba Hydro's walking on a tightrope — or is it?

    It's no secret that Manitoba Hydro has a debt problem. The board knows it, the government knows it and even its president and CEO admits Hydro has set itself up for years of razor-thin margins that give the Crown corporation little room for error. "I characterize it as walking along a road, then walking along a sidewalk …

  • Why Hudson's Bay and some other retailers won't dump Ivanka Trump's boycotted brand
    Why Hudson's Bay and some other retailers won't dump Ivanka Trump's boycotted brand

    Almost every day, Amanda Dexter takes to Twitter to chastise one of her favourite stores for carrying Ivanka Trump's products. Now every time the Bay posts on Twitter a new outfit she likes, Dexter reminds …

    Why Hudson's Bay and some other retailers won't dump Ivanka Trump's boycotted brand

    Almost every day, Amanda Dexter takes to Twitter to chastise one of her favourite stores for carrying Ivanka Trump's products. Now every time the Bay posts on Twitter a new outfit she likes, Dexter reminds the department store she won't be buying it. The resident of Wakefield, Que., also tweets messages to the Bay such …

  • 'Punch a Zionist' McGill student politician rebuffs calls to resign

    Sadikov, 22, sent the tweet out Feb. 6 from his personal twitter account and deleted it three days later. Since then, the SSMU board of directors rejected a motion to impeach Sadikov but following that, …

    Sadikov, 22, sent the tweet out Feb. 6 from his personal twitter account and deleted it three days later. Since then, the SSMU board of directors rejected a motion to impeach Sadikov but following that, the SSMU executive committee requested his resignation. The SSMU made the request on the grounds he was inciting violence, …

  • 'Hopefully they pick me': Job seekers attend HGS job fair

    A chance at one of 170 jobs at the HGS call centre in Charlottetown brought people out to a job fair on Friday. HGS announced this week they would be reopening their call centre in Charlottetown. In …

    'Hopefully they pick me': Job seekers attend HGS job fair

    A chance at one of 170 jobs at the HGS call centre in Charlottetown brought people out to a job fair on Friday. HGS announced this week they would be reopening their call centre in Charlottetown. In 2014, staff was reduced at the Charlottetown location, and there have been 25 corporate employees there since.

  • 107-year-old bank in Radville, Sask., closing

    People who live in Radville, Sask. are unhappy their local CIBC branch will be shutting down July 13. Earlier this year, CIBC listed on its website that it is also closing its Stoughton, Sask. location. …

    People who live in Radville, Sask. are unhappy their local CIBC branch will be shutting down July 13. Earlier this year, CIBC listed on its website that it is also closing its Stoughton, Sask. location. Lorraine Lansdell has been with the branch there for around 40 years and is sad the branch will close.

  • BlackBerry OS now has 0.05 per cent share of global smartphone sales

    A new report suggests BlackBerry, the once dominant player in the global smartphone market, has sunk to less than a percentage point of total worldwide sales. 

    A new report suggests BlackBerry, the once dominant player in the global smartphone market, has sunk to less than a percentage point of total worldwide sales. 

  • BlackBerry vows to defend 'vigorously' against $20M employee lawsuit

    BlackBerry has told CBC News it will defend itself "vigorously" against an employee lawsuit that claims the company denied employees termination entitlements when it transferred them to the Ford …

    BlackBerry has told CBC News it will defend itself "vigorously" against an employee lawsuit that claims the company denied employees termination entitlements when it transferred them to the Ford Motor Company of Canada. 

  • Alberta employment insurance numbers highest since 1997, says StatsCan

    For the third month in a row, the number of people in Alberta receiving employment insurance increased, according to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada. In December 2016, nearly 98,000 Albertans received …

    For the third month in a row, the number of people in Alberta receiving employment insurance increased, according to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada. In December 2016, nearly 98,000 Albertans received EI benefits — up 1.7 per cent over the previous month. Excluding July 2016 when the EI changes took effect, …

  • Air Canada says higher fuel costs will hit margins

    Air Canada is warning of lower margins in its current quarter as the airline deals with headwinds from higher fuel costs. Air Canada shares on the TSX closed down more than eight per cent at $13.18.  …

    Air Canada says higher fuel costs will hit margins

    Air Canada is warning of lower margins in its current quarter as the airline deals with headwinds from higher fuel costs. Air Canada shares on the TSX closed down more than eight per cent at $13.18. At the same time, Air Canada posted higher operating revenue of $3.43 billion, up from $3.18 billion.

  • Sask. lawyers misappropriated thousands from clients without facing criminal prosecution

    A CBC investigation has found none of the eight lawyers disciplined in Saskatchewan over a six-year period for misappropriating money has faced criminal charges. CBC found 220 Canadian lawyers have been …

    Sask. lawyers misappropriated thousands from clients without facing criminal prosecution

    A CBC investigation has found none of the eight lawyers disciplined in Saskatchewan over a six-year period for misappropriating money has faced criminal charges. CBC found 220 Canadian lawyers have been disciplined for their handling of $160 million in client funds between January 2010 and December 2015. CBC could find …

  • New selfie gadget coming, with fresh strategy to fight copycats

    The Toronto entrepreneur credited with creating the selfie stick has experienced the highs and the lows of inventing a wildly successful product. "Seeing it used on stage by the Beach Boys," says Wayne …

    New selfie gadget coming, with fresh strategy to fight copycats

    The Toronto entrepreneur credited with creating the selfie stick has experienced the highs and the lows of inventing a wildly successful product. "Seeing it used on stage by the Beach Boys," says Wayne Fromm. No one seemed to care that Fromm had a patent for his invention, which he named the Quik Pod, dating back to 2005 …

  • Tundra Oil and Gas discontinues lawsuit against pipeline designer

    Ken Neufeld, president of Tundra Oil and Gas, said the $5-million lawsuit was launched by one of the company's insurers without the company's knowledge. While the statement of claim filed in January alleged …

    Tundra Oil and Gas discontinues lawsuit against pipeline designer

    Ken Neufeld, president of Tundra Oil and Gas, said the $5-million lawsuit was launched by one of the company's insurers without the company's knowledge. While the statement of claim filed in January alleged the pipeline designers were at fault, Neufeld said he didn't support those allegations.

  • City looks at tax hike for Yellowhead freeway project

    A report going to city council next week recommends the city hike taxes by nearly two per cent to cover the costs of borrowing $500 million to transform Yellowhead Trail into a freeway. The city's portion …

    City looks at tax hike for Yellowhead freeway project

    A report going to city council next week recommends the city hike taxes by nearly two per cent to cover the costs of borrowing $500 million to transform Yellowhead Trail into a freeway. The city's portion of a $1-billion, 10-year project to improve a 25-kilometre section of the Yellowhead is $510.8 million. The report …

  • Concerns over Murray Harbour finances aired in heated meeting

    A public meeting was held Wednesday night in the eastern P.E.I. community of Murray Harbour in an effort to calm concerns over the village's finances. The finances have recently been the subject of debates …

    Concerns over Murray Harbour finances aired in heated meeting

    A public meeting was held Wednesday night in the eastern P.E.I. community of Murray Harbour in an effort to calm concerns over the village's finances. The finances have recently been the subject of debates on social media. About 50 Murray Harbour residents attended the meeting.

  • BlackBerry sued by employees

    A class action lawsuit against BlackBerry alleges the Canadian smartphone software company denied employees their termination entitlements by transferring them to the Ford Motor Company of Canada and then …

    A class action lawsuit against BlackBerry alleges the Canadian smartphone software company denied employees their termination entitlements by transferring them to the Ford Motor Company of Canada and then giving them resignation letters. According to the release, the class action lawsuit covers more than 300 current and …

  • Subsidiary of Winnipeg-based Wawanesa buys Western Financial, Western Life for $775M

    A subsidiary of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company announced Thursday it is acquiring Western Financial Group and Western Life Assurance from Quebec-based Desjardins Group in a deal worth $775 million. …

    A subsidiary of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company announced Thursday it is acquiring Western Financial Group and Western Life Assurance from Quebec-based Desjardins Group in a deal worth $775 million. Wawanesa, originally founded in Wawanesa, Man. and headquartered in Winnipeg, has offices across Canada and the United …

  • MasterCard to reduce credit card fees for CFIB member businesses

    MasterCard and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business have struck a deal to reduce credit card interchange fee rates for CFIB's 109,000 member businesses. MasterCard's interchange fees — per-purchase …

    MasterCard and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business have struck a deal to reduce credit card interchange fee rates for CFIB's 109,000 member businesses. MasterCard's interchange fees — per-purchase fees paid by retailers to the credit card companies that process their transactions — will be reduced from 1.44 per …