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Netflix fee hike and meat inspection problems: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

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Vancouver takes 400 short-term rental units off the market in keeping with new regulations

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Netflix raising its prices

Canadians are going to have to pay more for Netflix. The streaming service is upping the cost for new and current subscribers: $1 more a month for basic and standard plans; $2 a month for premium.

The news comes just after Disney said it's pulling its content from Netflix, and plans to launch its own streaming service.

Vancouver's largest (de facto) hotel

Short-term rentals, like you can book on Airbnb, are illegal in Vancouver. They're also thriving, with about 24,000 listings according to a study. And they're generating a ton of complaints that the city is struggling to deal with.

It's not just in Vancouver; a Montreal man is the only permanent resident in his condo building because of rental services like Airbnb.

Inspecting meat inspections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture audited Canada's meat, poultry and egg inspection systems, and found systemic inspection and sanitation problems. The CFIA issued a statement insisting Canada's food system is safe, but the inspectors' union president said the system is just too stretched.

Why don't we have low cost airlines?

Everybody wants cheap flights. And around the world, ultra-low-fare airlines like Ryanair and Spirit Airlines are some of the most profitable. So why haven't they taken off in Canada? There are four ultra-cheap airline plans in the works, but even with WestJet's plans to enter the market, the movement is still delayed at the gate.

Mani-pedi buyer beware

Some nail salons and spas in Alberta with outstanding safety violations or cleanliness problems weren't re-inspected for years. In one case, an Edmonton nail salon went six years without an inspection. Why? There's no requirement for regular inspections, and some businesses fly under the radar.

What else is going on?

Looking for a ticket for a sold-out show online? Watch out for this scam, which left more than a dozen hopeful Coldplay fans with fake tickets.

And this week in recalls, watch out for these portable gas stoves. And while this wasn't recalled, snack safe: A Winnipeg woman found a metal shard in her daughter's candy.

Food waste: How much food do supermarkets throw away?

David Common goes dumpster diving at Walmart to reveal how big grocery stores throw good food into dumpsters, part of a $31 billion a year problem in Canada. Watch it again on TV or online.