Charlsie Agro

Charlsie Agro is an investigative reporter with CBC Marketplace.

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MARKETPLACE

Is the celery juice craze driving up the price at the supermarket?

If you've noticed your greens are costing you a little more green, you're not alone — especially when it comes to celery. The celery juice diet craze might be thinning out more wallets than waistlines.
MARKETPLACE

'I felt like a criminal': Airbnb hosts ask guests to lie, sneak around in covert rentals

Use the back door. Avoid the lobby if you're carrying luggage. Don't talk to neighbours. Say you're visiting a cousin. And most importantly, don't mention Airbnb. As cities and buildings around the world crack down on short-term rental platforms, hosts are asking guests to lie about who they are and why they're there.
Marketplace

Meet the Canadian who took on rental giant Airbnb — and won

Last-minute cancellations are the top complaint for Airbnb guests. But what's the home-sharing platform doing about it?
MARKETPLACE

Social engineering is the new method of choice for hackers. Here's how it works.

Is your name and your phone number all it takes for a hacker to take over your cellphone account? Marketplace's latest investigation has found that just a few pieces of personal information could leave you vulnerable.
MARKETPLACE

Twins get some 'mystifying' results when they put 5 DNA ancestry kits to the test

Last spring, Marketplace host Charlsie Agro and her identical twin sister, Carly, bought DNA ancestry kits from five of the most popular companies in the industry. Find out why some of the results they received left a team of computational biologists at Yale University baffled.
Marketplace

'A handful of little carnations': Customers complain Bloomex's bouquets don't always arrive as advertised

Bloomex bills itself as 'Canada's official florist,' delivering millions of bouquets across the country to date. But is what you see really what you get when ordering flowers online?
Marketplace

American apple juice is clearly labelled, but Canada's rules leave consumers in the dark

Bearing glossy red fruit, phrases like "Canada Choice" or "prepared in Canada," and other subtle hints, the packaging on apple juice gives Canadian consumers the impression they're drinking apples from this country.
Marketplace

The truth about teatoxes: Why health experts say this celeb-endorsed craze is unnecessary

It’s one of the latest celeb-endorsed crazes sweeping social media: Teatoxing, the idea you can detoxify your body, reduce bloat and boost energy. But according to Health Canada, the sale of some of these popular brands is not allowed in Canada because the products aren't properly licensed here.
Marketplace

'There is no validity': Unproven blood tests for food sensitivity widely offered in Canada

Two of Canada's biggest labs promote and offer something known as IgG food tests at their labs, marketed as a way to test for food sensitivities. But medical experts call these blood tests "irrelevant," "unvalidated" and "inappropriate" when it comes to tracking food intolerance.
MARKETPLACE

What's the dirtiest surface on an airplane? The result may surprise you

Marketplace's latest investigation reveals that the surfaces on a plane you're likely touching most often might not be as clean as you think, and some are contaminated with bacteria and other pathogens.
MARKETPLACE

What really happens to old clothes dropped in those in-store recycling bins

There’s a new clothing donation bin in town, competing with charities for your unwanted clothes. Some of the biggest brands in fashion have launched take-back programs with messages about reusing and recycling your unwanted textiles. But what are the odds your old clothes will actually be transformed into new threads?
MARKETPLACE

Hospital TV bill leaves family frustrated: 'What they're charging is not right'

An Ontario man whose wife spent six weeks in hospital last year wants answers from a business that provides in-room TV at hospitals across the country, saying the company’s prices are too high and policies too rigid.

Toronto high-rises get low scores on recycling, environmental group says

Toronto needs to do a lot better when it comes to recycling waste from its many residential high-rise buildings, a local environmental group says.

Toronto woman slapped with bill after Bell digs up her lawn, breaks water line

A Toronto woman was shocked to arrive home to find a massive hole in her front lawn and her water shut off this winter. Then, she found out it might cost her.
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CBC Toronto's Charlsie Agro reflects on covering Toronto's Pan Am Games

Reporter Reflection: Charlsie Agro reflects on covering the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.