Cost of Living·FULL EPISODE

Shut up and take our money! Can Canadians actually afford to start spending once COVID is under control?

Pent-up demand for things like travel and entertainment mean Canadians can bust out their wallets more as the pandemic eases. But will they? We also look at how quilting is the latest pandemic trend, and explain just what an "asynchronous" job interview entails.

The Cost of Living for March 7, 2020

One-way job interviews, conducted via computer — plus quilting in the pandemic, and pent-up demand for things like travel and entertainment. (Shutterstock, Andrew Lee/CBC)
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Businesses from restaurants to fitness centres are banking — literally, in some cases — on Canadians rushing back to them after the pandemic feels more under control and vaccinations take root.

Cost of Living host Paul Haavardsrud asks how much is that demand actually building up, and what's it actually worth?

Plus there's yet another popular pandemic pastime... this one is more of a blanket trend.

Quilting! Yes, as in blankets.

Producer Tracy Fuller pulls all the threads together to patch together what's happening.

And ever have that nightmare where you forget something important in a job interview? What if the thing missing is "other human beings?"

More companies are now using "asynchronous" job screening — a one-way interview where you are facing a computer.

Producer Madeleine Cummings finds out who gets the advantage when an algorithm takes on hiring decisions.

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