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Why finding an electric vehicle is like 'finding a live dinosaur'

Something is happening on Canada's car lots. Demand is growing and buyers are snapping up EVs and plug-in hybrids, sight unseen. So what's going on? Also this week, what it's like to fast for Ramadan while at work, and how the Ukraine war is putting a spotlight on Canadian commodities.

The Cost of Living for April 10, 2022

FILE PHOTO: An electric car is charged at a roadside EV charge point, London, October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo
The Cost of Living team spoke to nearly 20 car dealers across the country, and they all tell the same story: supply is short and demand is high for EV's and plug-in hybrids. (Toby Melville/Reuters)
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Canadians hungry for electric cars

While researching this story, one car salesperson in Ontario told us that the chances of finding a new EV right now at a dealership would be like "finding a live dinosaur."

When gas prices spiked last month, Canadians suddenly got very interested in electric vehicles. But there's just not enough supply to meet demand. Jennifer Keene looks at what's driving the shortage. 

Workplace etiquette during Ramadan

It's Ramadan, which means many Muslims are fasting in the office while you sip your coffee and munch on Timbits.

Anis Heydari looks at how the workplace and the people in it can be more inclusive and why — if you're not fasting — you should avoid uttering the phrase: "not even a drink of water?"

What the war in Ukraine means for the future of Canadian commodities

As the world grapples with a Russia-sized hole in key commodities like oil and wheat, Paul Haavardsrud asks what helium (yup, the same stuff that goes into party balloons) can tell us about the future of Canada's economy?

Maybe a lot. 

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