Homeopathic remedies; Canada halts import of goods linked to forced labour: CBC’s Marketplace Cheat Sheet

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Buying homeopathic treatments to your sick children? You may need to suppose once more

Homeopathic merchandise can usually be discovered within the chilly and flu part of the drug retailer, proper subsequent to merchandise backed with scientific proof like Tylenol and Advil. 

But there is a huge distinction between the 2 merchandise —  and should you’re hoping to use a homeopathic treatment to deal with chilly and flu signs — there is a good probability they will not do something in any respect.

“It’s pseudoscience at its worst,” mentioned Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy on the University of Alberta.

But that hasn’t stopped some pharmacists from recommending the merchandise anyway.

Marketplace producers spoke with 10 pharmacists at 4 main drugstore chains chosen at random within the Toronto space, together with Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Metro, and documented what they heard on hidden digicam.

Six out of 10 did advocate the homeopathic treatment and indicated it will assist present symptom aid. 

“I think it’s really, really important to emphasize that the whole idea behind homeopathy is scientifically absurd,” mentioned Caulfield.

Unlike nutritional vitamins and dietary supplements, there isn’t any debate within the scientific literature about homeopathic treatments, he says. “Homeopathy is [an] over billion-dollar industry, selling sugar water.” Read extra

5 out of 6 winter boots fail slip check on ice, Marketplace finds

If you are out there for a brand new pair of winter boots this vacation season, you may need to learn the findings of Marketplace’s newest investigation. 

We checked out standard manufacturers on the market in Canada — Merrell, Sorel, Kamik, Ugg, Timberland and WindRiver — to see how some of these corporations’ winter boots would fare on a moist, icy floor. 

Five out of the six manufacturers did not move the slip check, performed on the KITE Research Institute in Toronto. 

As it seems, winter boots outfitted with fibre-embedded soles often is the reply to fewer slips and falls on ice this winter. Read extra

‘It’s about time’: Canada seizes goods linked to forced labour from China, Malaysia

The federal authorities has stopped two separate shipments of goods linked to forced labour from getting into Canada — a transfer that has some advocates happy however nonetheless pushing for extra. 

A cargo of ladies’s and kids’s clothes from China was intercepted in Quebec and held by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) someday between Oct. 11 and Nov. 3.

The clothes was held underneath a commerce tariff that prohibits goods “mined, manufactured or produced wholly or in part by forced labour” from getting into Canada. 

It marked the primary time the federal authorities has carried out this tariff, which was introduced into impact on July 1, 2020, after the ratification of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

In one other transfer, a significant provider of nitrile gloves to the Canadian authorities was requested by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to stop shipments till the corporate proves there isn’t any forced labour in its provide chain.

“It’s about time,” Independent Sen. Julie Miville-Dechêne mentioned of the halted shipments. Read extra

The information follows two latest Marketplace investigations that discovered clothes and private protecting tools with hyperlinks to Chinese and Malaysian forced labour on Canadian retailer cabinets.

In a primary, the Canada Border Services Agency intercepted a cargo of ladies’s and kids’s clothes from China underneath a commerce tariff that prohibits goods ‘mined, manufactured or produced wholly or partially by forced labour’ from getting into Canada. (Canada Border Services Agency)

Hate robocallers? CRTC says telcos have till finish of the month to enable you to ID them

Sick of getting cellphone calls from numbers you do not acknowledge? Relief may be on the best way.

Canada’s telecommunications regulator is mandating that telecom corporations implement new expertise geared toward bringing Canadians some aid from spoof and fraudulent cellphone calls.

In a speech to the Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto on Monday, CRTC chair Ian Scott mentioned the nation’s telecom corporations have till Nov. 30 to replace their networks to meet a technical commonplace that offers telecom suppliers the flexibility to validate a caller’s id.

Scott mentioned undesirable calls, or robocalls, have turn out to be such a widespread downside that they’re contributing to an “erosion of confidence in the telecommunications system.”

“Something in the order of 25 per cent, or more than 25 per cent, of all the calls made on mobile networks are robocalls,” Scott mentioned in an interview following his handle. “It’s a huge problem, and it’s going to require tremendous effort by regulators and co-operation by the industry to address.” Read extra

Marketplace has been investigating cellphone scams for almost 5 years, together with the CRA rip-off, tech assist rip-off and financial institution investigator rip-off.

Do you obtain these undesirable calls? Have you fallen sufferer to one of these scams? Get in contact with us at market@cbc.ca

The head of the CRTC says telecom corporations have till the tip of the month to meet a technical commonplace that offers telecom suppliers the flexibility to validate a caller’s id. (CBC)

What else is happening? 

Broken iPhone? Apple will lastly promote elements to allow you to repair it 
The transfer is taken into account a significant step ahead for “right to repair” advocates.

Marketplace examined Perrier, LaCroix, Bubly glowing waters to see which is most acidic 
Lab assessments present some drinks are extra acidic than others, and will pose a hazard to oral well being.

This Halifax-area man’s oven caught fireplace whereas making turkey dinner
Rodney Parsons says the producer — Samsung — refuses to substitute it, even after a technician decided the oven malfunctioned via no fault of the household.

Phones high record of fires amongst digital gadgets, says Health Canada
“We see a number of fires caused by those types of devices,” says Nova Scotia’s performing fireplace marshal.

Ottawa confirms it can nix COVID-19 check for Canadians taking quick journeys, beginning Nov. 30
Travel have to be underneath 72 hours.

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