Interest rate hike and phone chargers that can explode: CBC’s Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Interest rate hike and phone chargers that can explode: CBC’s Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

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Most of us are guilty of it. Your phone’s battery is sitting on one per cent, so in desperation you grab anything with a matching cable in sight.

Halifax firefighters say that’s not a good idea. They believe more fires (and even explosions) are being caused by people using cheap, mismatched chargers for their electronics. 

What else is going on?

Sears Canada plans to start liquidation sales on July 21 at most of its 59 stores that are slated to close.

Barbecuers beware: This boy was hospitalized after swallowing a bristle from a metal barbecue brush that was stuck to his food.

Got a “doctor in your pocket?” Researchers are raising concerns about online doctor consultations. They say such consultations breach the universality principle of the health-care system, and worry about quality of care when physicians don’t have access to a patient’s medical history.

And this week in recalls: 

Did you buy these President’s Choice chicken nuggets? They may be contaminated with salmonella.

This modelling dough koala kit may pose a toxicological hazard. These propane tanks can leak.

And hunters be warned: Various carbide triggers used in guns and crossbows have been called back because they could accidentally go off.

Niagara Falls tourism fee: Is it mandatory?

Some businesses have stopped charging the Niagara Falls tourism fee; others are charging tourists even more and calling it mandatory. Watch it again online.

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Plus: The high cost of hospital TV

It’s a double whammy this week. Marketplace is also looking at the cost of hospital TV. Prices, policies, and services vary widely across the country. Learn how to fight back against unfair hospital TV charges. Watch online.

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