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Life with plastic — not so fantastic? 

During the pandemic, Canadians have turned to credit and debit cards in even greater numbers. Convenient? Sure! But small businesses say they're paying for our obsession with plastic.
According to Payments Canada, electronic payments — whether by credit or debit card, etransfer or Apple and Google Pay — represented 79 per cent of ALL transactions in 2020. That's up 16 per cent from five years ago. (Shutterstock)

Cold hard cash used to be king. But Canadians are using less cash than ever before.

We're a nation of tappers. And as Danielle Nerman discovered, that comes at a cost. 

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