The true cost of online grocery delivery; future vacationers want refunds: CBC’s Marketplace Cheat Sheet


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Order races on Instacart? Beware of hidden costs

Does the convenience of online grocery delivery services like Instacart come at a cost?

To discover, Marlet did a spot check, comparing the cost of buying groceries at Walmart, Costco and Loblaws in-store and on the Instacart app.

While prices at Walmart were the same in-store as on the Instacart app, Marlet producers discovered substantial hidden markups at Costco and Loblaws.

Costco and Loblaws said Marlet that customers get a better deal when they order directly from their website and that Instacart keeps the money generated from the markups. Instacart told us that retailers set prices on their app and it’s up to consumers to research those pricing policies. Read more

Delivery offer or real scam?

Investigate hidden markups and missed sales on Instacart, and test HelloFresh, Chefs Plate and Goodfood. 10:30 p.m.

Travelers are out of luck as they seek refunds for COVID cancellations

It’s a situation that is all too familiar now for many would-be travelers: rapidly changing COVID-19 travel regulations resulting in canceled trips and postponed vacations.

But the struggle to secure reimbursements from travel agencies has been even more frustrating than misguided plans for some Canadians.

Many vacationers who had planned to soak up the sun abroad this winter say heeding advice from health officials and government has led to an uphill battle with these companies for reimbursement. Read more

While some people might have hoped to be enjoying the sun on a beach right now, they are instead canceling their plans due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 – and also face a battle for reimbursement. (Salimah Shivji / CBC)

Ottawa still has not kept its promise to test all travelers entering Canada from outside the United States

Despite the announcement nearly six weeks ago that all travelers entering Canada from outside the United States would soon be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival, Ottawa is still not testing everything. world.

Marcela Hart says she was surprised when she and her husband – both fully vaccinated – were not selected for an arrival test after flying to Toronto from Mexico on December 26.

“We had an unvaccinated child with us. We just assumed we would be – almost – a target to test,” she said.

The Public Health Agency of Canada did not respond to questions about why it has taken so long to be tested for all non-U.S. Foreign arrivals.

But spokesman André Gagnon said the government had “dramatically increased” resources for inbound testing this month, to the point where it can now administer more than 20,000 tests per day at airports. Read more

Ottawa still only randomly tests fully vaccinated travelers upon arrival, despite announcing in November that all non-U.S. Foreign arrivals would – within days – be required to take a COVID-19 test. (Evan Mitsui / CBC)

What else is going on?

The pandemic is changing the way restaurants do business – and it could be for good
Focusing on take-out and delivery will mean smaller restaurants, with less face-to-face contact.

Recall of certain Save on Foods combination meals due to salmonella risk
Meals of lemon chicken, sweet and sour pork, ginger beef, and honey garlic chicken are affected.

Passengers on Sunwing party plane could face prison terms and thousands in fines
The group included influencers from Quebec, reality TV stars heading to Mexico.

Critics and industry urge Ottawa to reconsider mandate of trucker vaccines to protect supply chains
The Conservatives and the trucking industry say the mandate will damage Canada’s already fragile supply chains.

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