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GM's emissions scandal and dangerous avocados: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Plus, the cost of free online promotions and how to deal with condo boards

CBC News
Posted: May 28, 2017 5:00 AM ET
Last Updated: May 28, 2017 5:00 AM ET

If you’ve been too busy to follow the consumer news this week, here’s our cheat sheet. And you can get the Marketplace newsletter in your inbox every week.

GM accused of emissions cheating

A class-action suit in the U.S. alleges that the Silverado and Sierra diesel trucks “emit two to five times the legal limits of deadly NOx [nitrogen oxide] pollutants.” Meanwhile, here’s where the Canadian class-action suit against Volkswagen over similar issues stands.

Worst destination wedding ever?

Robin Corkum and Troy Bezanson in hospital

Not exactly a dream wedding for this Nova Scotia couple. (Robin Corkum)

A Nova Scotia couple had their dream wedding in Punta Cana spoiled, and not by a drunk relative. The would-be bride and groom and several guests were hospitalized with severe food poisoning. The couple hopes to return to the resort to get married, but they may avoid the buffet.

Free ‘trial offers’ could cost you

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That ‘free’ or ‘trial’ offer might end up costing you. (Shutterstock)

Be careful when signing up for free promotions online. You could be stuck with unwanted subscriptions that forced some people to pay up to $800 or cancel credit cards to stop the charges. Looks like the free skin care people thought they’d get probably caused worry lines instead.

Who runs your condo board?

Vancouver condos

Make sure you know what’s going on with your condo board. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Condo owners take note. A recent investigation found questionable practices at several downtown Toronto buildings. There are plenty of good reasons to know who’s on your board and what your building’s bylaws actually say. One good tip: ask for documents. If you don’t get any, that’s a bad sign.

Avocado-induced injuries


If you’re going to enjoy an avocado, please do so safely.

Danger: Guacamole. Seriously. Stabbing yourself in the palm while trying to remove the pit of an avocado can cause a puncture wound that could easily get infected. One doctor’s suggestion? Use a spoon.

What is else is going on?

Privacy and smartphone apps: What data your phone may be giving away

Are Your Apps Spying on You?22:33

Your apps you could be giving companies permission to track your location, read all your texts, access your photos, microphone and camera. Watch it again this weekend on TV or online.

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