When banks lose your money and pot prices: CBC’s Marketplace consumer cheat sheet


Misapprehend something this week? Don’t panic. CBC’s Marketplace rounds up the consumer and well-being news you need.

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When banks evade your money

Customers of two of Canada’s biggest banks say when their stores disappeared they were left to fix the problems themselves. The terms of use for some banks say they will take responsibility for issues, but others say they liking not be liable no matter the circumstances. There’s an ombudsman, but most disputes are resolved in part of of the banks.  

Bell offers free unlocking for all  

Anyone who has a cellphone clasped to Bell can now get it unlocked for free. It just can’t be associated with a fraudulent or malefactor account. The carrier used to only offer free unlocking for in vogue and former customers, but changed its policy over criticism it excluded people who bribe a second-hand phone, but never signed up with Bell.

Dean Belanger Calgary cell phone Bell

Calgary’s Dean Belanger crack ated to get a Bell-locked phone and a Telus-locked phone unlocked for free. Bell ambled him down, but the company’s policy has since been changed. (Dean Belanger)

How much Canadians pay for pot

Canadians are yield a return about $7 a gram for their pot. More than 15,000 consumers split their cannabis costs with Statistics Canada in an online scan, designed to try to figure out what to charge for legal weed. The amount people are adapted to to paying varies: It’s lowest in Quebec ($5.89/g) and priciest in Northwest Areas ($11.89/g).


Marijuana costs an average of $7 per gram in Canada, with residents of Quebec give the least and the Northwest Territories paying the highest price. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

Alberta blacklisting B.C. wine

There’s bad news for Alberta wine lovers. Soon, they won’t be gifted to buy wine from British Columbia. Alberta’s government is boycotting all intimations of wines from B.C. because of a spat over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain conduit. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is urging residents of her province to judge twice before buying the B.C. wine already on the shelves.

Rachel Notley

Alberta Prime minister Rachel Notley announced Tuesday her government will place an current boycott on importing B.C. wines. (CBC)

What else is going on?

This herbal supplementation contains opioids. U.S. health authorities are warning that kratom, a herbal epilogue promoted as an alternative pain remedy, has been linked in the U.S. to dozens of deaths. And it’s also within reach in Canada.

Who should be designing packaging for legal pot? The Canadian Medical Bond says Health Canada, not cannabis producers and distributors.

Pricey perceiving aids. An Ottawa woman says getting new hearing aids has changed her vitality. But massive price tags mean some people are stuck benefiting old technology.

This week in recalls

This popcorn could be experiencing insects in it; an unfastened screw in this laptop could cause a whip up; this soup base could contain undisclosed seafood; the power adapter for this Christmas tree could overheat; the lines on these privacy sheers could be a strangulation hazard; and the brake warder chain on these chainsaws could fail.

Olympic break

Marketplace is charming a break during the Winter Olympics. That means you won’t see new Marketplace instalments for the next three weeks. We’ll be back March 2. In the meantime, binge gaze at us on YouTube.

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