Interest rate hike and phone chargers that can explode: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Miss something this week? Here's the consumer news you need to know.
The Bank of Canada increased its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.75 per cent on Wednesday. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

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How the interest rate hike affects you

Consumers with a variable rate mortgage or who borrow money on their home equity will be most impacted by the Bank of Canada's quarter of a percentage point increase on its key lending rate, to 0.75 per cent

People with lines of credit or student loans could also feel the pinch.

Hear that? Could it be the sound of purse strings tightening across the country?

Teen dies on S-Trip grad vacation

Last year, Marketplace investigated a Toronto-based travel agency that specializes in young adult vacations, and uncovered underage binge drinking, hard partying and steep price markups.

Recently, an 18-year-old student from Belleville, Ont., died during a high school graduation trip to Cuba organized by S-Trip. The cause of her death has not been disclosed.

Data overage fees rising

Forced to police your own wireless data use to avoid hitting your data cap? You're not alone. Adding to the pressure, both Rogers and Bell have hiked their overage fees.

Each additional GB now costs between $10 and $20 more a month, leading one expert to call on Canada to adopt unlimited data plans.

Using mismatched chargers? Stop.

A firefighter holds what is left of a charger for a hand-held drill that caught fire. (Marcheta Fitzgerald/Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency)
Most of us are guilty of it. Your phone's battery is sitting on one per cent, so in desperation you grab anything with a matching cable in sight.

Halifax firefighters say that's not a good idea. They believe more fires (and even explosions) are being caused by people using cheap, mismatched chargers for their electronics. 

What else is going on?

Sears Canada plans to start liquidation sales on July 21 at most of its 59 stores that are slated to close.

Barbecuers beware: This boy was hospitalized after swallowing a bristle from a metal barbecue brush that was stuck to his food.

Got a "doctor in your pocket?" Researchers are raising concerns about online doctor consultations. They say such consultations breach the universality principle of the health-care system, and worry about quality of care when physicians don't have access to a patient's medical history.

And this week in recalls: 

Did you buy these President's Choice chicken nuggets? They may be contaminated with salmonella.

This modelling dough koala kit may pose a toxicological hazard. These propane tanks can leak.

And hunters be warned: Various carbide triggers used in guns and crossbows have been called back because they could accidentally go off.

Niagara Falls tourism fee: Is it mandatory?

Some businesses have stopped charging the Niagara Falls tourism fee; others are charging tourists even more and calling it mandatory. Watch it again online.

Plus: The high cost of hospital TV

It's a double whammy this week. Marketplace is also looking at the cost of hospital TV. Prices, policies, and services vary widely across the country. Learn how to fight back against unfair hospital TV charges. Watch online.