Rogers Selling Tactics and the Tide Pod Challenge: A Cheat Sheet for CBC’s Marketplace Consumers


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Rogers employees reveal sales pressures

A number of Rogers employees explained how they are trained to sell incentive customers. Some say they have gone so far as to sell internet services to customers who do not have a computer. The company denies the allegations, saying “there is no tolerance in our organization for unethical practices.”

Just say no to the “Tide pod challenge”

When colorful laundry pods were introduced a few years ago, there were concerns young children would mistake them for candy. Now the worry is that teens are participating in an internet fad called the “tidal pod challenge”. The company reminds teens via social media that pods (which are poisonous) are not to eat.

A new social media trend where teens dare each other to eat Tide pods has prompted health officials and the company to issue warnings regarding laundry detergent consumption. (Youtube)

Doc finds morning sickness drug not working

Toronto family doctor stopped prescribing common medication to prevent morning sickness after his research showed the drug is not too effective. Dr. Nav Persaud reviewed the manufacturer’s initial research on Diclectin and research conducted by both the United States Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada, which showed weak evidence for the drug’s effectiveness.

Diclectin is a combination of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and an antihistamine (doxylamine). Doctors usually prescribe it to treat nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. (Craig Chivers / CBC News)

Will smart cities know too much?

The development of so-called smart cities is a means of collecting data to make communities more efficient. For example, garbage and recycling bins could track when and how often they are used, and probes could measure noise and pollution. However, as they become reality, there is growing concern that collecting information may be a problem. massive invasion of privacy.

Concerns are expressed about how data collected in smart cities could violate the privacy of residents. (Dominique Boutin / TASS via Getty Images)

What else is going on?

Breakfast in Timmies can cost more. Some Tim Hortons stores in Ontario have raised prices some items due to the recent minimum wage increase.

Fewer Payday Loans in Alberta. The evolution of payday loan rates has resulted in a 25% reduction in the number of lenders in the province since the new rules came into effect in the spring of 2016.

Processed foods that are still too salty. Health Canada says its strategy to reduce sodium in processed foods has failed produced the results he wanted. Only 14 percent of food categories met sodium reduction goals.

This week in recalls

Ford recalled 190 Ranger trucks in Canada because they have been linked to two deaths from faulty Takata airbag inflators.

This ugg quilt may contain mold; those sex enhancement pills are not authorized for sale and could be dangerous; these adapters could pose a risk of shock; storage bag for these blocks may contain too much barium; this shampoo may be contaminated with bacteria and the glass cover on these lights could fall.

Watch This Week: Garment Waste: Fashion’s Dirty Secret

We take a look at clothing recycling programs at fast fashion chains and reveal that marketing may not be living up to what it promises to consumers and the planet. You may feel good to drop off all that used clothes, but you might not be doing as much good as you think.


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