Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus merge: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
Plus: TD's ongoing e-transfer issues and the evolution of home delivery
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These loyalty programs are merging
Loblaw, which owns Shoppers Drug Mart, is merging the stores' loyalty points programs in February. If you're currently a member of PC Points or Shoppers Optimum, your account balances will be transferred over at par. However, the transfer won't be automatic in Quebec.
The evolution of home delivery?
Both Amazon and Walmart want to deliver packages inside your home — while you're not there. It's the latest way companies are trying to innovate to keep customers, but some people find it a little creepy.
VW settlements 'up in the air'
It's been six months since Volkswagen agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over diesel emissions, but some Canadian car owners are still waiting to hear how they will be compensated. "Will it ever happen?" one person asked.
TD's (ongoing) e-transfer issues
The bank said the payment problem was resolved last week, but some customers are still complaining they can't access their money, including a woman who couldn't pay her bills electronically and a child-care operator who's waiting on $3,000.
What else is going on?
Unsanitary nail salons in Manitoba. Failing to sterilize tools and reusing disposable items may be common problems in a province that doesn't conduct regular inspection.
Got milk? Pediatricians are warning parents that rice, coconut and almond milks aren't fortified with minerals or vitamins and often contain a lot of sugar.
This week in recalls:
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Exposing people with fake degrees
As bachelor degrees become more common and job competition heats up, experts estimate that up to half of all new American PhDs are fake. So just how widespread is the deception in Canada? You can watch the episode online.