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Inside a COVID-19 conspiracy training boot camp
While Canadian health authorities fight back against what they are calling a COVID-19 infodemic — the spread of false information about the pandemic — others are working just as hard to target the public with conspiracy theories.
Marketplace went inside the movement to find the tactics they use to spread misinformation online, and we test whether social media companies are doing enough to stop it. Read more
Canadian Food Inspection Agency targets puppy importers
At least six puppy importers in Canada have been targeted in raids this month, focusing attention on an opaque multi-million dollar business that animal welfare and veterinary groups have repeatedly warned about.
As Marketplace and The National report, the raids have targeted importers bringing puppies into Canada from Ukraine, Poland and other East European countries to sell them online for between $3,000 and $6,000 each.
Animal welfare and veterinary groups say the imported animals are often raised in poor conditions and arrive in the country unhealthy and, sometimes, with forged vaccination records. But one importer says she was wrongly targeted. Read more
Back in the fall, a Marketplace hidden-camera investigation looked into unscrupulous puppy importers and sellers.
This couple is still fighting for a refund for their pandemic wedding. They’re not alone
Joyce Fung and Calvin Chan thought they’d be newlyweds by now — halfway through their first year of wedded bliss, not still locked in a months-long battle over $10,000 they can’t get back.
“It’s ridiculous,” says Fung, who’s angry the venue owner is holding onto their money, insisting a large wedding can still happen. “It’s just been incredibly frustrating.”
Countless complaints on social media and reports from various legal experts suggest they are just one of hundreds of couples across Canada struggling to negotiate refunds from vendors who refuse to pay up, citing their own dire finances because of COVID-19. Read more
WestJet to restore service to airports in Atlantic Canada, Quebec City
In what may be a sign that things might, slowly, be getting back to some version of normal, WestJet is restoring service to six airports in Eastern Canada that it had suspended last fall due to the pandemic
Flights in and out of Charlottetown, Fredericton, Moncton, Sydney and Quebec City will resume beginning June 24 through to June 30.
Service between St. John’s and Toronto, which was indefinitely suspended in October, will also resume on June 24.
The resumption of the flights will restore WestJet’s complete network of pre-COVID-19 domestic airports, the airline said. Read more
What else is going on?
Puppy scams cost Canadians thousands. Here’s how to avoid being ripped off
‘Take the necessary steps to ensure the breeder is legitimate and ethical,’ says Better Business Bureau.
RCMP breached policy on collection of online information: audit
Internal report said investigations and prosecutions were potentially put at risk.
Why guidelines for what Canadians can and can’t do after getting COVID-19 vaccines are still unclear
‘Too early’ to update guidelines for vaccinated Canadians: Dr. Theresa Tam.
These Tamhoo brand earring sets have been recalled due to excess lead and cadmium
Consumers should immediately take the recalled jewellery away from children and discard in regular household waste.
This évolur bedside sleeper might be an injury hazard
Consumers should immediately stop using the bassinet and contact Dream On Me for a refund.
These baby jogger pram kits may be unsafe for use
Consumers should immediately stop using the pram kit as a bassinet for sleep accommodation.
This week on Marketplace
Do you know how much added sugar is in your food?
Food companies in the U.S. are required to include how much sugar is added to a product on its nutrition label.
But that’s not the case in Canada. That’s why we’re breaking down which packaged foods have added sugar hidden inside.
Plus: COVID-19 conspiracy theorists are preying on your fears — and people are making a lot of money doing it.
We go inside the movement to find the tactics they use to spread misinformation online, and we test whether social media companies are doing enough to stop it.
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