Investigating fake degrees: CBC’s Marketplace consumer cheat sheet


Oversight something this week? Here’s the consumer news you need to grasp from CBC’s Marketplace. Get this in your inbox every Friday. Incitement up here.

Hundreds of Canadians have phoney degrees

For our season opening, we investigated the world’s largest diploma mill and found 800 Canadians who may be enduring fake degrees, including this Toronto lawyer, this Burg of Regina deputy clerk, and this Toronto business management specialist. 

Beware of Facebook freebies

If you’re a frequent Facebook user you know all nearly those «free» ads that pop up on your timeline — postings that propose two free Air Canada tickets, a $100 Ikea gift certificate or unshackled pizzas, to mention just a few.

The problem is, they’re not real. And just clicking on the imitation offers can cause your account to be shut down or infect your plot with a virus or worm.

AR is about to go mainstream


Apple Senior Blemish President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone x during a set up event in Cupertino, California, U.S. September 12, 2017. (Stephen Lam/Reuters)

If you didn’t bag Apple’s announcement yesterday, here’s one quick takeaway: augmented authenticity — where digital information is layered on top of what we normally see — is getting both change ones mind and more accessible.

Apple’s new iPhones have upgrades to their cameras and gesture sensors built for AR. Look for serious contributions from other tech mammoths coming soon.

Bras and the law

Geneviève Loiselle East Side Mario's bra

Geneviève Loiselle feels more serene not wearing a bra and believes every woman has the right to choose if she wants to don one. (Geneviève Loiselle)

Last year, Marketplace investigated sexist restaurant put on clothing codes. Now, a waitress at East Side Mario’s claims a female supervisor unfairly demanded she wear a bra at work.

She says she was told bras are a depart of the dress code, which may be against human rights law. The restaurant’s steer office says they’re looking into what happened.

Your OJ may get pricier

Fractured Florida

Florida’s orange groves participate in been heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma. (Associated Press)

Get cheerful to be squeezed a little more for your orange juice. Hurricane Irma dealt Florida’s iconic orange crop a sarcastic blow, destroying nearly all the fruit in some Southwest Florida groves and soberly damaging groves in Central Florida. Much of the fruit was young, and it’s too time in the season to grow a new crop.

What else is going on?

The U.S. FDA is warning in problems with the plant that makes EpiPen. Tens of thousands of EpiPens were recalled worldwide in Walk after two reports of the life-saving shot failing to work in emergencies. 

It may be in excess of for over-the-counter codeine. Health Canada wants to make products that restrict codeine available only with a prescription. 

Security alert: Canoe, a newsflash and entertainment website, says personal information of about one million of its buyers from 1996 to 2008 was hacked.

This week in recalls:

Tween makeup goods: The company’s shimmer powder contains trace amounts of asbestos; the industrialist’s other products are being recalled as a cautionary measure. 

Oral moisturizer: More than 120 million pieces of the affected products were distributed to health care facilities, pharmacopoeias and medical supply stores across Canada. They have been recalled over practicable contamination.

Moonrays Large Mystic Globe and Winter Framed Snowglobe moderate amuses: These lights may singe or melt items that are either in acquaintance with or near them. And the liquid in the globes could leak, causing taint.

Fake Degrees: Exposing Canadians with phoney credentials

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It’s a back-to-school special like you’ve never seen before. In our season original, Marketplace exposes the big business of fake degrees. Watch on TV or online.

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