Appliance repair ripoffs; WestJet slashes routes in Atlantic Canada: CBC’s Marketplace Cheat Sheet

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In need of repair? You may want to think twice before using Google Maps

If your washing machine is on and you’re looking to fix appliances, be careful – new evidence shows that you can’t always trust Google when it comes to finding a reliable local person to fix appliances. A month-long market research found that questionable business practices such as fake Google Maps addresses and fake company names plague the equipment repair industry. Here’s what you need to know: Read More

A market research linked a company in the industry to a network of fake locations and names on Google Maps. 2:09

WestJet leaves most of Atlantic Canada

If you rely on WestJet air service to and from some of Atlantic Canada’s smaller cities, this is your bet. The company will soon no longer fly to Moncton, Fredericton, Sydney and Charlottetown. The airline also says it is ceasing operations to Quebec City. The moves mean that all WestJet to Atlantic Canada service will now be operated from Halifax, with daily flights to Toronto, Calgary and St. John’s at least once a day. Continue reading

WestJet spokesman Richard Bartrem blamed COVID-19 for a huge drop in demand for air travel, forcing the airline to make drastic cuts to its service. 0:33

Are you looking for a COVID companion? Watch out for sketchy dog ​​sellers

Adopting a furry friend is one way to beat the physically distant blues, but you should do your research before finally doing it. Thousands of puppies are imported from Eastern Europe and while it is legal it is not always clear where they are from. People looking for a dog from a reputable source often turn to the Canadian Kennel Club’s puppy list. But Marketplace’s David Common and The National learned that no one checked the list, and it includes sellers who imported dogs from puppy mills in Eastern Europe. Continue reading

People looking for a dog from a reputable source often turn to the Canadian Kennel Club’s puppy list. But The National learned that no one checked the list, and it includes sellers who have imported dogs from puppy mills in Eastern Europe, some of which have been sick and end up in need of extensive medical treatment. 6:10

You should check this list before purchasing any other hand sanitizer

Five more hand sanitizers were added Tuesday to Health Canada’s evolving recall list, which now includes more than 100 products that may pose health risks. The products were recalled because they contained unauthorized technical-grade ethanol, contained methanol or lacked risk information. Continue reading

Health Canada has recalled five additional hand sanitizers that contain ingredients that can pose health risks. (Don Campbell / The Herald-Palladium / The Associated Press)

What else is going on

Rising prices for commercial auto insurance, onerous conditions that are killing us, say small businesses
According to insurers, rising costs as a result of COVID-19 are partly responsible for premium increases.

Eggs sold in NL, NS recalled because of salmonella
The recalled eggs from Hilly Acres Farm are sold under multiple brand names in Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia.

Liberals advocate that seniors file taxes in the thousands at risk of losing benefits
Service Canada has reminded 63,000 seniors to submit their returns.

Preparing for the proposed one-way plastic ban in 2021
Shopping bags, straws, stirring sticks, six-pack rings, plastic cutlery, removable containers to take away.

This week in the marketplace

We wire up a house with hidden cameras, build a washing machine that is easy to fix, then search Google for equipment repair companies. Are you getting the update you need or are you getting ripped off? We also uncover bogus offers across the country, and many lead back to a call center north of Toronto. 22:30

Who do you call if your dishwasher refuses to drain or if your refrigerator freezes you?

Hold that thought and watch this week’s marketplace investigation as we sound the device repair rip-off alarm.

We’re digging into two companies and one of them leads us on a familiar trail of fake company names and fake Google locations.

We’re also building a house with hidden cameras to put these repair companies to the test. Turns out the company you call may not be the company that shows up.

Check out our full research on hidden cameras and delve deep into the Google Maps deals below or on CBC Gem and YouTube.

– Makda Ghebreslassie and the Marketplace team

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