Asha Tomlinson

Asha Tomlinson is an investigative reporter with CBC Marketplace.

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Conversion therapy is illegal in Canada. But some U.S. life coaches are offering it to Canadians online

Conversion therapy may now be illegal in Canada, but a CBC Marketplace hidden-camera investigation is raising questions about just how effective that ban will be in the age of virtual therapy.

Almost anyone can become a life coach. A hidden camera investigation reveals why that's a problem

A hidden-camera investigation into the business of life coaching by CBC’s Marketplace found that some coaches are doing more than just helping people meet goals — they're offering advice about mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression, even though they are not qualified to do so.

Hidden markups, missed sales on Instacart leave customers feeling 'ripped off'

While many Canadian consumers likely know to expect delivery and service fees when ordering groceries on Instacart, what they may not know is they could be paying as much as $2.50 more per item in hidden markups — and some retailers say that Instacart is keeping all of it.

Hidden camera reveals some pharmacists recommend homeopathic products to treat kids' cold and flu

Some pharmacists working in Canada’s top drugstores are recommending homeopathic products to consumers, even though, experts say, these products are essentially sugar water or sugar pills with no scientific evidence they can do what they claim, a CBC Marketplace investigation has found.

Canada's grocery chains stocked with tomato products connected to Chinese forced labour

A CBC Marketplace investigation found several products sold in Canadian grocery stores with links to forced labour in Xinjiang, China.

Best Buy to review third-party marketplace after CBC investigation finds damaged products

Following multiple complaints from viewers, CBC’s Marketplace decided to put Best Buy’s Marketplace to the test. After purchasing 12 “refurbished” devices from third-party vendors, industry experts flagged five of them for having issues.

Is your N95-style mask failing you? Lab tests show some falling way short of filtration standards

To find out how much Canadians can trust the N95-style masks they're buying, CBC’s Marketplace tested 14 KN95 and KF94 respirator brands purchased from Amazon and big box stores.

Marketplace flagged over 800 social media posts with COVID-19 misinformation. Only a fraction were removed

The world’s social media giants promised to crack down on harmful COVID-19 misinformation that has proliferated since the pandemic began, but a CBC Marketplace investigation found that when problematic posts were flagged, most weren’t labelled or removed. 

Marketplace attended a COVID-19 conspiracy boot camp to see how instructors are targeting vaccine skeptics

A Marketplace investigation into an online boot camp organized by an American anti-vaccination activist has uncovered some of the tactics COVID-19 conspiracists are using to influence those skeptical of public health messages around the pandemic.

B.C. boy permanently brain damaged after eating lettuce contaminated with E. coli

Marketplace finds out why outbreaks of E. coli keep happening with romaine lettuce — and meets a B.C. family whose young son was sickened, and will never be the same.