Planning on getting back into shape in the New Year? If part of your plan is to eat a sensible breakfast, like, say, cereal, you may have noticed Special K's "Bite-sized tips on looking and feeling good" on the back of its box. However, we couldn't help but notice that one of the tips was less than inspired.
In the lead-up to Christmas, much was made of how last-minute shoppers tended to be men - specifically 50 per cent of men, according to a Leger Marketing poll, released earlier this month.
That would have described my husband last year, but this year, hubby took the week off before Christmas and I was the one desperately pulling on locked doors in the final minutes of available Christmas Eve shopping.
Traveling during the holidays is at the top of my list of stress-inducers. Running a close second is shopping the week before Christmas Day. Both are deadlines I have to face over the next few days. It's not only the busyness, but I always seem to run into pushy, obnoxious types intent on making the season unbearable. I plan to fight back this year!
Marketplace co-host Wendy Mesley on a shoot in Toronto
The Marketplace gang is getting ready to take a short break during the holidays. We've been busy during the summer and into the fall, researching stories, setting up shoots, travelling and interviewing, and most recently, editing the first two shows of the season - which are almost done. This production team never ceases to amaze me. Each story offers something new, and goes where Marketplace has never gone before.
We also learned Marketplace is getting new show graphics and animation, so our show "opening" will have a different look than it has in the past. This new look is in line with the rest of the CBC News shows, which were all redone in late summer. Different font, slightly different colours. Curious to hear how you like them. After that, starting January 4th, things go into high gear.
Three weeks ago, you couldn't turn on the TV or read a newspaper without reading about Canada's largest ever crib recall. Parents were told to "immediately stop using these cribs!" And like two million other Canadian families, we own one of these cribs. Our two-year-old has slept in it, safely, and usually soundly, for most of her life. But did we stop using the recalled crib?
Our investigative colleagues at The National's Go Public team are airing a story tonight about a B.C. mother with three teenagers, who is speaking out about how Rogers Wireless cost her money she didn't expect to pay by arbitrarily changing the terms of her contract for her children's cellphones. Read the full story here.
I am a compulsive researcher of consumer products when it comes to
buying large and even medium-sized gadgets. Whether it's a coffee
maker, a computer, a front-loading washing machine or a vacuum, I'll
spend days trolling the internet to see what other people think of the
product. Now I know I don't need to bother.
Do you have Canada's Worst Cellphone Bill? Marketplace's Wendy Mesley is looking for that elusive bill (is it yours?). Wendy dropped by CBC News Network to talk about her search and we captured some behind the scenes footage while she was visiting and chatting with Connect's Mark Kelley.
If you buy organic produce to reduce your intake of pesticides, you might be interested in a recent study by the U.S.-based Environmental Working Group, which ranks the "pesticide load" of 47 fruits and vegetables. The study also points out 15 of the "clean" and 12 of the "most contanimated" non-organic fruits and vegetables.
With the current climate change conference in Copenhagen, most people are thinking big picture when it comes to the environment. But what about rewarding the little changes some are making? For instance: driving mini-cars instead of gas-guzzling SUVs. Yet, despite the fact that up to four cars can fit into one regular parking lot space, mini-car drivers pay full price.
Pity Air Canada. It appears they can't buy the kind of goodwill that the consuming public holds out for Canadian Tire.
On Wednesday, Air Canada put out a press release heralding the fact that readers of an international travel magazine, Global Traveler, voted Air Canada the Best Airline in North America and Canada. Say what you will about Air Canada, but readers could have voted for other airlines. Presumably, nobody forced them to vote for Air Canada.
But a quick read of the comments found it's practically sport to take on Canada's national airline.
A Toronto man learned a hard lesson this week about the real danger of fake guns. Jeremy Bell found himself staring down the barrel of a police assault rifle after a neighbour spotted Bell in his office handling what looked like a genuine semi-automatic pistol.
It turns out Bell was putting the finishing touches on a handgun made entirely of black Lego bricks.
Like any new tech gadget I buy, I immediately become obsessed with it.
My recent upgrade to the iPhone is no exception. I was taking photos,
updating my Facebook status and Twittering -- all on the go. But, in my
blissful technological haze, what I wasn't paying attention to was what
private information I was willingly giving away.
In light of last week's major
crib recall, parents are worried about the safety of the crib at their home. But it's not just the cribs we should be thinking about - it's how we put a baby
to sleep that could be more dangerous.