Cost of Living·Full Episode

There just aren't enough houses for Canadians to buy — plus digital menus, and getting into sports betting

If you build them, Canadians will buy. The problem is, we're not building enough homes for that to happen. We also look at how provinces are getting into the game of single sports betting, and explain the catch behind QR code restaurant menus.

The Cost of Living for September 12, 2021

Sports betting, QR code menus, and residential home construction come together in this week's show. (Shutterstock, Jennifer Keene/CBC, Shutterstock)
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Canada's not building enough houses — what's the problem?

If you build them, Canadians will buy. The problem is, we're not building enough homes for that to happen. Canada's population growth has outstripped housing starts for decades. So what's the deal?

Anis Heydari talks to homebuilders about the obstacles that keep shovels out of the ground.

Scanning the menu has a whole new meaning, now that restaurants have gone all in for QR codes

They save paper and money, but for customers it means one more entry into the world of digital marketing.

Jennifer Keene explains what you should think about before you scan.

You might be thinking the Stampeders will beat the Tiger-Cats in an upcoming game. Maybe you like the Habs' chances at winning the Stanley Cup!

Well, now you can put your money where your mouth is. The multi-billion dollar industry of single-sports betting is now legal in Canada.

Paul Haavardsrud looks at how much the provinces stand to gain by getting in the game.

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