No relief for high food bills; Rogers grants interrupt credits; CERB Emails Are Real: The CBC Marketplace Cheat Sheet

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Hoping for relief at the grocery store this fall? Don’t count on it

When it comes to rising food prices, it looks like we’re not going to be pausing anytime soon.

Canadian food suppliers are again issuing advisories to retailers advising them of upcoming price increases.

The letters indicate you’ll likely pay more at the grocery store this fall, in a year where there have already been near double-digit price increases.

In-store food prices rose 9.7% in May from a year ago, Statistics Canada said last month.

Sylvain Charlebois, professor of food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said food price increases could reach 10% before they start to slow.

“We expect food inflation to peak by the end of September,” he said. “It could actually go north of 10% before things start to calm down.” Read more

In some cases, the rise in food prices is due to the Canadian Dairy Commission’s approval of a second milk price increase this year. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Rogers will credit its customers with 5 days of service in the event of a breakdown

Was your cell phone or internet service down as part of the massive Rogers outage?

This news may offer some consolation.

The company says it will credit you with five days of service after the outage affected cellphone and internet usage for millions of Canadians.

The outage began on Friday July 8, with lingering effects felt throughout the weekend. It disrupted government services and payment systems, prompting criticism and questions from the federal government and the telecommunications regulator.

“We listened to our customers and Canadians across the country who told us how significant the impacts of the outage were to them,” Rogers spokesperson Chloé Luciani-Girouard said in an email to CBC News. . Read more.

Have you been affected by the Rogers outage? We want to hear from you. What impact did that have on your day or weekend? Email us at [email protected]

Rogers attributes the July 8 outage to a network system failure following a maintenance update in its mainnet. (Galit Rodan/The Canadian Press)

Surprise: These Emails About Returning CERB Payments Are Not Scams

The Service Canada email asking for reimbursement of CERB benefits had all the hallmarks of a scam, according to some people who received it.

On Twitter and Reddit, recipients said the formatting was very different from government correspondence they had received in the past. One even wrote that the government logo looked “awful”, as if it had been created with the no-frills MS Paint app.

“You received more benefits than the amount you were eligible for,” said one such email seen by CBC News.

Service Canada, however, confirmed that the emails are the real deal. Now you have to pay. Read more

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Some recipients of emails demanding reimbursement for CERB benefits have taken to forums like Reddit online to discuss whether they were part of a scam. It turns out that the emails really came from Service Canada. (Radio Canada)

“What century are we in? This man waited 4 days in a hallway for surgery to fix a broken leg

Four days is a long time to wait for surgery if you have a broken leg bone.

But that was the experience of Ron Prickett, 76, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., who spent days in pain in the hallway of Wiarton Hospital on a stretcher following a cycling accident in Sauble Beach.

After arriving there by ambulance, Prickett was placed in a tiny, makeshift room in one of the facility’s hallways, with nothing to distract him from and no ability to turn the lights on or off.

His experience is another example of an underfunded provincial health system that suffers from staffing shortages and capacity issues, as tired and underpaid hospital workers let go of exhaustion from the fight against the COVID pandemic. -19 for more than two years.

“I’m amazed that in Ontario we have these facilities and I can’t get a broken bone fixed. I have to lie with a broken bone in my body for four days,” he said. “It’s so frustrating. I have no control.”

On Thursday, Liselle Prickett, Ron’s daughter, told CBC News that her father was finally due for surgery Thursday morning at the London Health Sciences Center in southwestern Ontario.

“I heard he might be sent back to Wiarton to recuperate. Hopefully he won’t be in the hallway anymore,” she said via text message. Read more

Ron Prickett of Sault Ste Marie, Ont., shown in better days, broke his femur in a biking accident and was on a stretcher in the hallway of Wiarton Hospital for four days before undergoing surgery at London, Ont. (Submitted by Liselle Prickett)

What else is going on?

Woman faces $50,000 fine for missing shingle after settlement complaint:
Owner says regulations should be enforced evenly, or not at all.

No new equipment or land for a few years, say farmers affected by rising interest rates:
The increase in the Bank of Canada’s benchmark interest rate will slow agricultural investment.

Health Canada approves 1st COVID-19 vaccine for youngest children:
The vaccine will be available for children between 6 months and 5 years old

The Bank of Canada raises its rate to 2.5%. Here’s what that means for you:
The bank is aggressively raising lending rates to fight runaway inflation.

The marketplace needs your help

We’ve all heard of inflation and shrinkage, but have you ever heard of skimping? This is the practice of companies that always charge the same price for services while including less. Think of hotels that no longer offer daily room cleaning or flights that no longer come with free carry-on baggage. Tell us where you noticed this in action. Email us at [email protected]

We’re going shopping and want to hear from you! What drives you to shop at a certain store? Does music or store layout play a role? And have you noticed that the size of your clothes changes depending on where you shop? We want to hear your stories. Email us at [email protected]

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