Anti-Black racism on campus; Are banks doing enough to prevent wire-fraud?: CBC's Marketplace Cheat Sheet

CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need from the week.

Consumer and health news you need from the week

University of Windsor law student Jordan Afolabi says he's faced anti-Black racism on campus from university administrators. (Ousama Farag/CBC)

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Black students, staff and faculty say universities are failing them

A new investigation by The Fifth Estate and Marketplace's Asha Tomlinson looks into systematic racism at universities and colleges in Canada, where anti-Black racism is prevalent, say experts and activists.

Jordan Afolabi, a law student at the University of Windsor, says he's come face-to-face with this reality. After an altercation with a white student, Afolabi was the only one involved banned from campus, a ruling he says represents a clear "racial double standard." Read more

She lost $340K in a wire transfer scam. Did the banks do enough to protect her? 

Vivien Zheng says TD Bank, Royal Bank, Bank of Montreal and Bank of China didn't do enough to stop her from wiring almost $340,000 to fraudsters in Hong Kong.

She's speaking out, she says, on behalf of countless other people who've also had their lives turned upside down by wire-transfer fraud, and to alert those who could be close to the same fate. 

"My purpose is to stand for not only myself, but all the victims," said Zheng. "We deserve proper protection from the banks. They had a responsibility to warn people of such a serious crime." 

Zheng filed complaints with all four banks, but each one denied any responsibility — prompting her to file civil lawsuits against them all. Each of the banks have issued statements of defense in response to the claims. Read more

Banks need better protection to prevent wire-transfer fraud, says financial crime expert

2 years ago
Duration 3:03
Vivien Zheng lost $340K in an elaborate wire-transfer scam. Financial crime expert Vanessa Iafolla says that could have been prevented if banks had better protection for customers.

Online vaccine booking is coming. But could it leave some of our most vulnerable behind? 

Some of us are getting closer to being able to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations, however there are still quite a few concerns about the process. Most provinces have announced plans for online portals to book appointments, but experts say that some of the most vulnerable people may be left behind, including seniors, racialized groups, low-income groups and people with disabilities.

"I think that we have a mass vaccination strategy that will work for a lot of people," said Dr. Kwame McKenzie, a physician and the CEO of the Wellesley Institute, a non-profit group in Toronto that works in research and policy issues to improve health equity. "The problem is that there are some people who are at highest risk that it won't work for at all." Read more

Registered nurse Debbie Frier, left, injects Leah Sawatsky, an emergency room nurse, with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Regina General Hospital. Provinces are beginning to offer vaccines to segments of the general population. (Michael Bell/The Canadian Press)

Have you noticed butter getting harder? You're not alone

Canada's dairy producers are under fire after foodies claimed butter has become harder and put the blame on palm oil. Dairy farmers say adding palm products to cattle feed has become common, but critics say it violates a 'moral contract' about the purity of Canadian butter. Read more

The hard truth about Canadian butter

2 years ago
Duration 1:52
Canada's dairy producers are under fire after foodies claimed butter has become harder and put the blame on palm oil. Dairy farmers say adding palm products to cattle feed has become common, but critics say it violates a ‘moral contract’ about the purity of Canadian butter.

What else is going on?

What experts say Canada needs to do to become a leader in the electric vehicle industry
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Low-wage earners hit hardest by pandemic job market
Isolation, lack of resources and service job losses make a frustrating mix.

This creatine powder has been recalled due to an undeclared ingredient 
The affected lot contains an undeclared Vitamin D. The high concentration may pose a serious risk to health.

These "untortillas" have been recalled due to undeclared egg
If you have an allergy to egg, do not consume the recalled product as it may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction.

Next week on Marketplace

Could the colour of your skin have an impact on the value of your home? 

Many racialized homeowners and real estate brokers point out inconsistencies in the home appraisal process across Canada. The outcomes can determine the terms of your mortgage and equity for renovations or paying off debts. 

In a groundbreaking hidden camera investigation, we document six home appraisals. Will race make a difference?

Tune in to our full investigation Friday at 8 p.m. (8:30 in Newfoundland and Labrador) on CBC-TV and CBC Gem.

- Asha Tomlinson and the Marketplace team

Marketplace needs your help

Do you get harassing phone calls demanding you owe the CRA money for unpaid taxes? Or callers claiming you've got a virus and need tech support? If so, we want to hear from you. We're hoping you can send us a video message detailing your experience that we could use in our upcoming stories. 

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  1. Your name and where you're from
  2. Which phone scam do you get called about the most? (i.e. CRA, tech support, SIN, bank investigator, etc)
  3. How often do you get scam calls?
  4. How do you respond to the callers? (i.e. hang up, don't answer, confront them, etc.)
  5. Who do you think is responsible for cracking down on scammers?

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