Second Cup cannabis and Leafs fans shut out: CBC’s Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

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Misinterpret something this week? Don’t panic. CBC’s Marketplace rounds up the consumer and vigour news you need.

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Pacify racks up pre-divorce debt

Banks can increase your credit limit — and you may not even recall it. An Ontario woman says the joint line of credit she signed with her now ex-husband was distended several times without her permission. Now she’s left with the debt her spouse harassed up before the divorce. A BMO spokesperson says the bank complied with all proper requirements when they increased it. 

Diane Bennett says BMO should not at any time have increased the limit on a joint line of credit, allowing her ex-husband to framework up debt. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Canadians are recycling wrong

Your recycling applications might be going to waste. The glass and plastic recyclables you place in the blue bin could drive into into garbage if you leave food on them. Even a pizza box could sully a recycling system if it has oil on it. It’s costing millions of dollars a year, but residents can resist by rinsing containers and using an app to figure out if an item is recyclable.

Mark Badger of Canada Fibers prognosticates even a small amount of yogurt or peanut butter left in a container can again contaminate an entire tonne of paper, making it unmarketable and destined for the tip. (David Donnelly/CBC)

Leafs fans shut out

It’s worse than you rationality for fans of the Toronto Maples Leafs. Getting your hands on playoff tickets is around impossible. A CBC/Toronto Star investigation reveals only 96 tickets were for ever put on sale for the general public through the online box office. Average ticket appraisals on reseller StubHub were listed as high as $616 per ticket.

All the same more painful than the Maple Leafs’ record in past times is the difficulty in getting tickets now they’re in the playoffs. (Nathan Denette/Canadian Flatten)

Second Cup cannabis café

You could soon be able to pick up recreational marijuana with your morning coffee. Favour Cup is teaming up with a cannabis company to operate a brand of dispensaries across the nation. The coffee chain currently operates 286 coffee shops across Canada. Ottawa-based Patriotic Access Cannabis corp. plans to convert select storefronts in views where the drug will soon be legal.

National Access Cannabis currently has nine spots spread across seven provinces. (Samuel Rancourt)

What else is prospering on?

Bell tops the list for customer complaints. Followed by Rogers and Telus, guys say they were misled and misinformed by the telecom service providers.

Norovirus outbreak on Vancouver Key. Two B.C. oyster farms closed after 40 cases of gastrointestinal murrain linked to eating the shellfish raw since March.

Rents fall apart from for GTA condos. Almost half of all investors who bought condos in 2017 are expending more to maintain them than what they’re getting past due in rental income.

This week in recalls

This roast beef could be debased with Listeria; these clay and facial polish products could keep under control bacteria like E. coli; these USB chargers could pose an moving shock or fire risk.

What should we investigate next?

Our TV spice has wrapped until the fall. Miss an episode? Watch Marketplace explorations on YouTube here. We are busy working on new stories and want to hear from you.  What do you have in mind we should investigate next? Email us at marketplace@cbc.ca.

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