Is it time to up our mask game? What you need to know about alternative lenders; CBC's Marketplace Cheat Sheet

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Consumer and health news you need from the week

Experts say that while being outdoors is safer than indoors, the risk of both is higher due to the emergence of highly contagious coronavirus variants, meaning it may be time to up your mask game. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

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Why you might want to start wearing better masks — even outdoors

The spread of more contagious coronavirus variants in Canada amid already high levels of COVID-19 makes it a critical time to think about the masks we wear. Whether that means finding better quality masks, doubling up on masks, or wearing them in settings we wouldn't normally think to, experts say it's time we step up our game. Read more

Back in the fall, before the new variants were discovered, Marketplace tested over 20 different masks to determine which ones best protect you from the novel coronavirus. 

Why two masks can boost protection against COVID-19 variants

CBC News

3 months ago
Double masking is growing in popularity with rising concerns over COVID-19 variants. Are two masks necessary? What's the safest way to wear them? Emergency physician Dr. Shazma Mithani walks through the different types of masks and how and where we should wear them. 15:14

TD customers in several provinces hit with fraudulent DoorDash debit charges

Many of us have been ordering in more often during the pandemic, but when Karen Lee got hit with $157 in DoorDash charges to her TD debit card in late December, she knew immediately she was a victim of fraud. DoorDash doesn't even serve her area.

Lee was one of six people CBC News spoke with who said they found fraudulent charges to DoorDash on their bank accounts. TD says it investigated the fraudulent charges and the issue has been resolved, and DoorDash said it's working closely with TD "to help support and facilitate reimbursements." It's still unclear who is behind the scam. Read more

TD said that 'over an isolated period, a small percentage of TD Debit cardholders experienced fraudulent activity' involving DoorDash charges. (CBC)

Copycat pot edibles that look like candy are poisoning kids, doctors say

Can you spot the difference? The package on the right is regular candy, while the other contains enough THC to seriously harm an adult. As Go Public reports, pot-laced edibles made to look like candy sold on the black market are leading to poisonings in children, raising questions about why websites are allowed to sell the illegal products. Read more

Health Canada rules say cannabis-infused edibles can't be packaged with images or bright colours that can appeal to children, and must have child safety warnings and be child-resistant. (CBC)

Ontario health experts demand province abolish for-profit long-term care

With hundreds of Ontario long-term care residents dead and COVID-19 outbreaks continuing to ravage facilities across the province, a group of health experts is pushing the province to abolish for-profit long-term care facilities. Read more

Back in December, Marketplace listed the nursing home chains that have the highest COVID-19 death rates in Ontario.

Over 215 Ontario doctors and researchers have joined a campaign that's calling on the provincial government to abolish for-profit long-term care facilities. In this photos, crosses representing residents who died of COVID-19 adorn the lawn of Camilla Care Community, in Mississauga, Ont., on Jan. 13, 2021. The facility is among Ontario’s hardest-hit by the pandemic. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

What else is going on?

Hamilton schools have bullying problem and 'culture of fear,' says report after teen's death
The Safe Schools Review panel hopes schools across the country can learn from the report.

Air Transat cancelling all flights out of Toronto for duration of winter season
The airline will continue to operate flights from Montreal to six international destinations.

Be careful with animal traps, dog owner pleads after tragic death of her pet
Use safer traps and put up warning signs, Winnipeg woman says after watching her dog die.

How households navigate the pandemic
From rooming with a front-line worker to living in a multi-generational home, no pandemic experience is the same.

This week on Marketplace

A Marketplace hidden camera investigation looked into popular alternative lenders and found they're charging up to 46.96 per cent interest in an era when the cost of borrowing is at historic lows. (CBC)

Do you have bills you can't pay off?

Money Mart, Cash Money, Easyfinancial and Fairstone Financial offer thousands of dollars in long-term loans at high interest rates.

With the cost of borrowing at historic lows, we dig into how these alternative lenders are able to charge between 30 and 50 per cent interest. And, we uncover whether you're really told everything you need to know when you sign up for these loans.

Watch our hidden camera investigation on CBC Gem.

-The Marketplace team

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