Data deals and pesticides on your clothes: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
Plus: Apple really does slow down some older iPhones
More data deals on the horizon
But don't worry: industry experts think the deals will be back soon. That's because people are desperate for cheaper plans, and competition is heating up between the telecoms.
Pesticides could be on your clothes
Manufacturers sometimes use them to increase shelf life, according to a Health Canada report, but nobody's testing for them. Canada's pesticide regulations and testing is mostly aimed at food and plants.
Big bread behaving badly?
Loblaw's parent company George Weston Ltd. told the Competition Bureau that it uncovered industry-wide price-fixing of packaged bread between 2001 and 2015.
Because it co-operated with the investigation, the company and its employees won't face any charges or penalties.
Apple slows down older phones
There's a reason why your old iPhone seems slow. Apple says it takes measures to reduce power demands (which can slow the processor), but said it does this to prevent the phone from shutting down unexpectedly.
There is a fix: you can replace the battery, though many point out that Apple continues to make its batteries difficult for users to replace on their own.
Prescription drug 'sticker shock'
A family doctor is trying to make it easier to find out how much our prescriptions cost before we leave our doctor's office.
Here's the issue: Doctors may not be up to speed on prices. So some patients find out they can't afford their medication when they get to the pharmacy.
Dr. Iris Gorfinkel says prices should be easily searchable so doctors can discuss cost with patients.
What else is going on?
- Nissan Canada has been hacked. The personal information of 1.13 million customers was exposed, but anyone potentially affected will get free credit monitoring for a year.
- Uber is a taxi service like any other, according to the EU's top court. This is a landmark ruling that will determine the rules Uber and its rivals have to abide by in Europe.
- Millions of Canadians have investments offshore and don't know it. Seven of the so-called Big 8 pension funds have used tax havens as they invest Canadians' retirement saving.
This week in recalls
- This trout roe might not look or smell spoiled, but could make you sick.
- This rattle could cause your child to choke.
- This ceiling fan could fall and hurt you.
- These chemical products could be improperly labelled.
- The strap could break on these safety goggles.
Attention vehicle owners: when was the last time you got an oil change? Has it been more than a few months? We'd like to speak to you for an upcoming Marketplace segment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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