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Lingering global supply-chain challenges resulting in months-long wait for appliances

Wed, 10/06/2021 - 01:00

Customers who bought new appliances during the pandemic say they've been waiting several months for them to arrive. Business experts and retailers attribute it to ongoing global supply-chain challenges, with shipping delays, product shortages and higher prices expected to last into 2022.

Why calls for 'right-to-repair' rules are revving up again for vehicles in Canada

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 14:58

Calls from inside Canada’s aftermarket auto sector will push Ottawa for legislation that some say will help to ensure people can continue choosing who can fix their vehicles amid increasing computerization. But manufacturers' groups believe an existing agreement can still deliver for both consumers and repair shops.

'I was in a panic' — for businesses that sell only on Instagram, Monday's outage rang alarm bells

Tue, 10/05/2021 - 10:23

For most of the billions of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram users around the world, Monday's outage was annoying. But for businesses that rely exclusively on those platforms to find new customers and sell to them, it was a cold reminder of just how vulnerable they are.

Oil at 7-year high after OPEC+ decides on cautious increase

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 10:08

Oil prices jumped Monday after OPEC+ stayed with their gradual approach to restoring output slashed during the pandemic.

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by global outage

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 09:45

Facebook and Facebook-owned apps Instagram and WhatsApp have been hit by an outage on Monday affecting users around the world.

5,000 travellers who defied hotel quarantine rules got big fines, but no sign of fines in Alberta

Mon, 10/04/2021 - 01:00

While more than 5,000 air travellers who refused to quarantine in a hotel when they arrived in Canada were hit with big fines, CBC News has yet to confirm that any such fines were issued in Calgary or Montreal.

Facebook whistleblower alleges social network fed U.S. Capitol riot

Sun, 10/03/2021 - 19:31

Facebook prematurely turned off safeguards designed to thwart misinformation and rabble rousing after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in last year's U.S. elections in a moneymaking move that a company whistleblower alleges contributed to the deadly Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

Huge 'Pandora Papers' leak exposes secret offshore accounts of politicians, celebrities and billionaires

Sun, 10/03/2021 - 09:30

A new trove of leaked financial records show 35 current or former world leaders, 130 billionaires, as well as royalty, athletes and celebrities who have held assets in or through tax havens.

Toxic clothing; YouTube cracks down on anti-vaccine content: CBC's Marketplace cheat sheet

Sun, 10/03/2021 - 06:00

CBC's Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need from the week.

What an end to blind bidding for real estate could look like

Sun, 10/03/2021 - 01:00

Majority of respondents supported elimination of blind bidding for home sales in a recent poll commissioned by CBC News.

Canadian snowbirds question why land border is still closed as they prepare to fly to U.S., ship their RVs

Sun, 10/03/2021 - 01:00

If the U.S. side of the border remains closed next month, some snowbirds will be shelling out big bucks to fly to the U.S. and transport their RVs across the land border.

Finished your Christmas shopping yet? You may already be too late — thanks to COVID-19

Sat, 10/02/2021 - 01:00

Retailers are warning of inventory shortages closer to the holidays amid ongoing problems in manufacturing and shipping due to the pandemic.

What is the now-shuttered Ozy Media — and why did its COO pretend to be a YouTube exec?

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 15:49

Ozy Media is shutting down less than a week after a story in the New York Times raised questions about the media organization's claims of millions of viewers and readers, while also pointing out a potential case of securities fraud.

Flight attendants union calls to limit food and booze service to stem tide of unruly passengers

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 12:24

The union representing flight attendants at Canada's major airlines says reducing on-board food and drink service might help combat a rise in unruly passenger behaviour.

Workers at Blue Origin, Bezos's rocket company, allege sexism, safety risks

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 07:59

A group of more than 20 current and former employees are accusing Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin rocket ship company of having a toxic work environment and not adhering to proper safety protocols.

Canada's economic engine stalled in July as GDP contracted again

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 05:56

The total value of all the goods and services Canada produced shrank for the third time in four months in July, a worrisome sign that the country can't seem to shake off the economic drag of the pandemic.

Experts warn of high levels of chemicals in clothes by some fast-fashion retailers

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 01:00

A Marketplace investigation found that out of 38 samples of children’s, adult’s and maternity clothes and accessories, almost one in five items had elevated levels of chemicals — including lead, PFAS and phthalates — that experts found concerning. 

After a year's delay due to pandemic, Expo 2020 opens with spectacular ceremony in Dubai

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 18:02

The largest city in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates kicked off its world's fair on Thursday night. The event, which was delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but retained its original name, begins on Friday and runs until March 31, 2022.

U.S. senators grill Facebook exec about Instagram's potential harm to teen girls

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 15:13

Senators fired a barrage of criticism at a Facebook executive over the company's handling of internal research — leaked by a whistleblower and reported by The Wall Street Journal — suggesting its Instagram photo-sharing platform can harm teens.

Pandemic-fuelled rise in passenger misbehaviour taking toll on flight attendants

Thu, 09/30/2021 - 14:03

Canadian flight attendants say they are being subjected to unacceptable levels of abuse from passengers as the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on.

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