Netflix fee hike and meat inspection problems: CBC’s Marketplace consumer cheat sheet


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Netflix raising its prices

Canadians are going to have to pay innumerable for Netflix. The streaming service is upping the cost for new and current subscribers: $1 profuse a month for basic and standard plans; $2 a month for premium.

The despatch comes just after Disney said it’s pulling its content from Netflix, and sketches to launch its own streaming service.

Vancouver’s largest (de facto) hotel


Undeterred by clear signage and strict rules, many Airbnb hosts propose up suites in buildings that ban short-term rentals. (Karen Burgess/CBC)

Short-term rentals, of a piece with you can book on Airbnb, are illegal in Vancouver. They’re also thriving, with upon 24,000 listings according to a study. And they’re generating a ton of complaints that the borough is struggling to deal with.

It’s not just in Vancouver; a Montreal man is the only long-lived resident in his condo building because of rental services like Airbnb.

Scrutinizing meat inspections

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A U.S. audit of Canadian slaughterhouses conducted last fall set that meat inspections were not carried out on all carcasses as required for export to the U.S. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Crush)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture audited Canada’s meat, poultry and egg inspection organized wholes, and found systemic inspection and sanitation problems. The CFIA issued a declaration insisting Canada’s food system is safe, but the inspectors’ union president revealed the system is just too stretched.

Why don’t we have low cost airlines?

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Ultra-low-cost carters are ultra profitable, but so far though the market has been a struggle for domestic porters in Canada. (Enerjet, Canada Jetlines, Darryl Dyck/Canadian Mash, New Leaf)

Everybody wants cheap flights. And around the world, ultra-low-fare airlines similar kind Ryanair and Spirit Airlines are some of the most profitable. So why haven’t they entranced off in Canada? There are four ultra-cheap airline plans in the works, but uniform with WestJet’s plans to enter the market, the movement is still dawdled at the gate.

Mani-pedi buyer beware


Alberta law doesn’t specify how again personal service facilities like spas and nail salons are investigated. (CBC )

Some nail salons and spas in Alberta with outstanding aegis violations or cleanliness problems weren’t re-inspected for years. In one case, an Edmonton vigorous salon went six years without an inspection. Why? There’s no requirement for acceptable inspections, and some businesses fly under the radar.

What else is thriving on?

Looking for a ticket for a sold-out show online? Watch out for this scam, which socialistic more than a dozen hopeful Coldplay fans with sham tickets.

And this week in recalls, watch out for these portable gas stoves. And while this wasn’t recalled, elevenses safe: A Winnipeg woman found a metal shard in her daughter’s sweetmeats.

Food waste: How much food do supermarkets throw away?

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David Common goes dumpster diving at Walmart to cut loose how big grocery stores throw good food into dumpsters, quarter of a $31 billion a year problem in Canada. Watch it again on TV or online.

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