Aaron Saltzman

Senior Reporter, Consumer Affairs

Aaron Saltzman is CBC's Senior Business Reporter. Tips/Story ideas always welcome. aaron.saltzman@cbc.ca twitter.com/cbcsaltzman

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CBC Investigates

Prices for private COVID-19 tests can range from $160 to $1,200, with little oversight of the industry

As more and more companies move into the rapidly growing and potentially lucrative business of private COVID testing, some health experts are raising concerns about what they say is a lack of oversight in the industry. 
The Big Spend

In Ottawa's rush to buy PPE, companies with little or no experience got some of the biggest contracts

The federal government awarded a $371-million contract to secure personal protective equipment — one of the largest medical supply deals in its history — to a small company headquartered in a house in suburban Ottawa that had no apparent prior experience in PPE procurement.

WestJet seeks exemption to section of Canada Labour Code covering group terminations

WestJet is asking for an exemption to the section of the Canada Labour Code covering group terminations, designed to protect employees and prevent a flood of workers entering the labour market all at once.

'That's not much of a discount': Why some auto insurers still aren't cutting rates for all during pandemic

Some drivers are questioning why they aren't seeing a significant reduction in insurance rates given the lockdown's eerily empty roads, especially in light of the insurance industry promising rebates and relief in the order of hundreds of millions of dollars.

COVID-19 has world's major economies on track for worst quarterly decline in history

The flood of negative economic indicators caused by the novel coronavirus is set to reach epic proportions in the second quarter, with the world's major economies poised to see their worst ever quarterly decline on record. 

COVID-19 prompts flood of people to write, change their wills — but quarantine measures are getting in the way

COVID-19 has people around the world worried about death, but in many cases the very nature of this health crisis is also preventing them from putting their affairs in order.

Woman who took thousands from 97-year-old with dementia owns expensive lakefront cottage, downtown condo

A woman who said she took tens of thousands of dollars from a 97-year-old with dementia because she needed the money owns a waterfront cottage on Lake Huron that a neighbour says is worth as much as $1 million, along with a condo in downtown Toronto.

Consumers could face hit to credit scores, jump in payments from mortgage deferrals

Details of RBC's mortgage deferral program, obtained by CBC News, reveal the option will available to all mortgage holders but in a way that will add to customers' debt load and appears to ensure the bank will not lose money in the short term, and possibly even come out ahead.

Frustrated Canadians looking for mortgage deferrals from big banks facing delays, denials

Some Canadians looking defer mortgage payments due to COVID-19 say they are facing delays and denials and say the process isn't nearly as straightforward as the government and big banks have made it out to be.

'She wanted to do that for me': Woman with power of attorney takes thousands from 97-year-old with dementia

A woman with power of attorney who took tens of thousands of dollars from a 97-year-old woman with dementia had criminal charges against her withdrawn, in a case critics say exposes gaps in the justice and banking systems that leave the elderly and infirm vulnerable to financial abuse. 

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