Asha Tomlinson

Asha Tomlinson is an investigative reporter with CBC Marketplace.

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'This is snake oil': Scientists don't buy balance-boosting clips featured on Dragons' Den

Can a little clip harness the power of a scientific phenomenon known as quantum entanglement and boost your strength and balance? Five of six panellists on CBC's Dragons' Den thought so, at least while the cameras were rolling. Marketplace takes a closer look at a wellness product's bold claims.

Debt, pain and more surgery: The true cost of gastric band procedure hyped as weight-loss fix

The commercial made it seem so easy — "You're in, you're out and you're shopping … what could be better?" But Barbara Litt's gastric band surgery couldn't have gone worse. It left her in debt and in pain. And she's not alone.

'How can they get away with that?': Canadians pay much more than Americans for baby products

Marketplace does a cross-border price comparison that could have Canadian parents throwing a fit.

'That's a real problem': Investigation finds baby products for sale despite recall orders

A Marketplace investigation discovered a variety of recalled baby products for sale, raising serious questions about the effectiveness of the system meant to protect the public from products with dangerous flaws.

'The money bells go off': Is there a hidden wedding surcharge?

A spot check by CBC’s Marketplace on wedding-related businesses in the Greater Toronto Area found some vendors will charge more for the same services when they know it’s for a wedding rather than a similar family event such as an anniversary party.

The 'wedding share' and other tips for saving money when getting married

Everyone knows the cost of a wedding can quickly get out of hand, but you don't have to break the bank on your big day if you follow some of these tips and tricks that Marketplace collected from past brides and those still in the midst of planning their wedding.

'We're paying with our data': Why privacy can be a problem with apps

The average Canadian has at least 18 apps on their mobile device according to research group Catalyst Canada: everything from fitness to social sharing to shopping and games. But is the fun and convenience worth all the personal information you could be giving away?
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Tourism fees rise at some Niagara Falls hotels, restaurants

A CBC News Marketplace investigation has found that some hospitality businesses in Niagara Falls, Ont., are continuing to charge a contentious tourism fee under different names and some establishments have more than doubled the fee in the past year and a half.

Black History Month: Remembering Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond

Wanda Robson has kept the legacy of her sister — Viola Desmond — alive more than six decades after she refused to leave the whites-only section of a theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.

From Black Action Defense to Black Lives Matter TO: decades apart but demands are the same

Injustice Must End. Those words were written on a sign held by a Torontonian during a protest back in the 1980s. A response to a growing list of young black men shot dead by police at that time. Many activists would say it’s not much different today.

What does black activism look like today in Canada?

To mark Black History Month, CBC’s Asha Tomlinson speaks to three young community leaders in Toronto to find out what black activism or #blactivism means to them and what they envision for the future.