Loblaws gift cards and curbing kids' smartphone use: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Loblaws gift cards and curbing kids' smartphone use: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
From CBC - January 14, 2018

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There's a catch to Loblaws gift cards

Shoppers can now register to get a $25 gift card from Loblaws, after the company admitted to its role in price-fixing bread for more than a decade. Butthere's a catch. If you join any lawsuit related to the price fixing, the value of the gift card will be deducted from any settlement you receive. Also, if you signed up for a reminder email and have not received it, check your spam folder.

Should there be a sin tax on meat?

An activist group says meat should join products like tobacco, sugar and carbon and get a "sin" tax. Why? Because it could reduce how much meat we eat, and possibly help our health and the environment. The group says the tax could raise money for nutrition education.

Should Apple help curb smartphone use?

We recently investigated how phones are designed to keep us hooked. Now, two of Apple's major investors want the company to do more to prevent kids from using smartphones too much. Specifically, the investors want Apple to consult with child development specialists, provide user data to child health researchers, and provide more options to protect children's health.

End of lettuce E. coli outbreak

An E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce "appears to be over," the Public Health Agency of Canada said this week. There were reports of illness in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec and 40 cases are under investigation. The source of the E. coli has not yet been determined.

What else is going on:

CRTC may investigate sales tactics. An advocacy group is urging the CRTC to hold a public inquiry into reports of high-pressure sales tactics used by telecommunications companies.

This week in recalls:

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