Credit card debt forgiveness, the truth about credit monitoring: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
Newsletter: Consumer and health news you need from the week
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Chase forgives credit card debt
If you're a Chase Bank credit card customer, there could be a pleasant surprise waiting for you on your bill. The U.S.-based bank is wiping out its cardholders' debt to complete its exit from the Canadian credit card market. Chase decided to fold its Amazon.ca Rewards Visa and Marriott Rewards Premier Visa last year.
Are credit monitoring systems worth the cost?
Looking to minimize your chances of being a victim of fraud? A credit monitoring service could be what you're looking for. There are several available, with Equifax being one of the largest. But personal finance expert Mark Ting writes that it's a reactive system that informs you only if you become a victim of fraud. Earlier this year, we tested whether fraud alerts and credit monitoring services can really protect you.
Cancer doctors call for permanent fix for drug shortages
National shortages of three vital cancer drugs have cancer specialists worried about scenarios where treatment options for patients might run out. Health Canada says it recognizes the impact the shortages have on patients who rely on the drugs and that it's acting to address the problem.
This CBC investigation led to Sunwing refund
Chu Lisong Chang and her husband spent the night in an airport terminal after they learned their Sunwing flight left four hours earlier. Chang had never received a notification that her flight had been rescheduled. When she confronted the airline and her online travel agency, FlightHub, neither company accepted any responsibility. But following a CBC News investigation, Sunwing offered to reimburse them.
What else is going on?
- A couple says they're out $6,000 after their travel agent, Sinorama, folded. Hundreds of others are also scrambling to recover funds after it went out of business last summer.
- Canadian Tire has bought all the Party City stores in Canada for $175 million. The company plans to add stand-alone Party City stores as well as sell its products at Canadian Tire stores.
- A personal injury law firm has filed a class action on behalf of Canadians affected by the Capital One breach. Diamond & Diamond is seeking compensation for Canadians who applied for credit cards from Capital One between 2005 and 2019.
- The drug industry has urged Canada to move against U.S.'s drug import plan. Innovative Medicines Canada has asked the federal government to use "tools" to stop bulk exports.
The latest in recalls
- The welding on the metal railings on these Super Jumper trampolines may fracture, posing an injury risk.
- The ledge on the wall mount on these VIVO Mount-Play5 Speaker Wall Mounts can loosen, allowing both the ledge and the speakers to fall.
- These gluten free Flamingo Chicken Breast Fillets have undeclared allergens.
- In rare instances, a part of this Simond Rocky SCREWGATE Carabiner was assembled upside down. It could cause unpredictable unlocking when in use, which could cause the climber to fall.
- This Simond Toucan Light climbing and mountaineering belay system may get stuck.
- These MSR 50th Anniversary Fuel Bottles lack bilingual warnings and hazard information.
Marketplace is looking for parents and kids to take our test
Do you know what goes on at your kid's school? We're looking for parents and their kids in the Toronto area who are willing to take our test on camera — from who's your kid's favourite teacher, to what have they learned so far in sex ed. We want to know how much parents really know — and this time, the kids get to do the grading! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you the ultimate bargain hunter?
Marketplace is looking for families or friends that are about to plan a vacation together. Do you know how to spot extra charges or hidden fees? Do you think you are a good negotiator? Perhaps you have what it takes to compete against other Canadians on Marketplace's vacation challenge. If you want to show our producers how you can beat the fees and get the best vacation deal, please email email@example.com
What should we investigate next?
Our television season has wrapped, but you can catch up on previous Marketplace investigations on CBC Gem. From scams and misleading marketing claims to products and services that could put your health at risk, we are working on bringing you brand-new investigations this fall. If you have a story you think we should be covering, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.