Exercise great caution around this beer: The Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
Miss something this week? Don’t panic. CBC’s Marketplace rounds up the consumer and health news you need.
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The new national beverage?
According to a new list, Canadians drink more coffee than almost anyone else in the world: 152 litres a year, about a barrel each.
(And some mornings, that really doesn’t seem like enough.)
Not to get between you and your caffeine fix, but it probably means those recycling problems could really be a very bad thing.
Exploding beer. Repeat: exploding beer
Speaking of our favourite beverages, here’s some news that might cause a spit take.
Some Amsterdam Brewery’s Sweetwater Radler Blood Orange has been recalled in Ontario because, well, it might burst due to excessive internal pressure.
Approach with caution.
This week in getting scammed
Police nabbed an alleged romance scammer this week – the scam involved a fake diplomat, no less, and one woman was taken for $30,000 – and now they’re looking for other victims.
(Also, good luck getting this song out of your head.)
Elsewhere in getting taken: Hey Maritimers, watch out for this one.
There’s a new iPhone ICYMI
Apple’s iPhone 7 launched this week, followed by a thousand iOpinions.
Most controversial about the new phone: There’s no headphone jack, so wireless earbuds – called AirPods – are about to be a thing.
No word yet on what terrible advice the internet has on how to talk to women wearing headphones if you can’t tell she’s wearing headphones. (Seriously, just don’t.)
The U.S. is washing its hands of some antibacterial soaps, including those made with triclosan.
The FDA announced the ban because of lack of evidence that they’re safe, or, that they’re any better than your basic soap and water.
We’ll just be over here waiting patiently for Health Canada to publish its own assessment.
Get out of the car
The Ford recall involves doors that can spring open while you’re driving.
The Mazda issue involves SUVs where the hatch could fall on you.
Bell’s big shift
Just hours before Bell officials had to testify before the CRTC about mandated $25 basic cable packages, the company announced it would be easier and cheaper for customers to get the deal.
The issue: For the cheaper plans, Bell had been requiring that customers also sign up for the company’s internet service.
The CRTC said the timing could be seen as “somewhat surprising.” Ahem.
On TV this week: Sale Fail
Sale fail: Outlets vs retail, and Winners’ prices
Attention shoppers: I’m afraid we have some not-that-great news about outlet shopping. Those steals are not always as good as they seem. And we also investigate what exactly the deal is with those “compare at” prices at Winners.