Appliance repair ripoffs; WestJet slashes routes in Atlantic Canada: CBC's Marketplace Cheat Sheet
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In need of a repair? You might want to think twice before using Google Maps
If your washing machine is on the blink and you're looking for appliance repair, be wary — new evidence reveals that you can't always trust Google when it comes to finding a reliable local appliance repair person. A months-long Marketplace investigation found questionable business practices such as fake Google Maps addresses and bogus company names are plaguing the appliance repair industry. Here's what you need to know: Read more
WestJet is dropping out of most of Atlantic Canada
If you rely on WestJet flight service to and from some of Atlantic Canada's smaller cities, you may want to sit down for this one. The company will soon no longer fly to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney and Charlottetown. The airline also says it is suspending operations to Quebec City. The moves mean that the entirety of WestJet's service to Atlantic Canada will now be based out of Halifax, with daily flights to Toronto, Calgary and St. John's at least once a day. Read more
Looking for a COVID companion? Watch out for sketchy dog sellers
Adopting a furry friend is one way to beat the physical distancing blues, but you'll want to do your research before you make it final. Thousands of puppies are being imported from eastern Europe, and while legal, it's not always clear where they're coming from. People looking to get a dog from a reputable source often turn to the Canadian Kennel Club's Puppy List. But Marketplace's David Common and The National have learned no one screens the list and it includes sellers who have imported dogs from puppy mills in eastern Europe. Read more
You'll want to check this list before buying any more hand sanitizer
Five more hand sanitizers were added to Health Canada's evolving recall list on Tuesday, which now includes more than 100 products that may pose health risks.The products were recalled for containing technical-grade ethanol without authorization, containing methanol or missing risk statements. Read more
What else is going on?
Soaring commercial auto insurance rates, onerous conditions 'killing us,' small businesses say
Rising costs as a result of COVID-19 are partly to blame for premium hikes, insurers say.
Eggs sold in N.L., N.S. recalled due to salmonella
The eggs from Hilly Acres Farm being recalled are sold under multiple brand names in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.
Liberals make plea for seniors to file taxes as thousands at risk of losing benefits
Service Canada has sent reminders to 63,000 seniors to file their returns.
How to prepare for the proposed 2021 single-use plastic ban
Grocery bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, plastic cutlery, takeout containers to be banned.
This week on Marketplace
When your dishwasher refuses to drain or your fridge is freezing you out, who do you call?
Pause that thought and watch this week's Marketplace investigation, as we raise the alarm on appliance repair ripoffs.
We dig into two companies, and one of them takes us down a familiar trail of fake company names and fake Google locations.
We also rig up a house with hidden cameras to put those appliance repair companies to the test. Turns out the company you call may not be the company that shows up.
Watch our full hidden camera investigation and deep dive into Google Maps listings below or on CBC Gem and YouTube.
— Makda Ghebreslassie and the Marketplace team
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