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Ordering groceries on Instacart? Pay attention to hidden fees

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Is there any cost to the convenience of online grocery delivery services like Instacart?

to enquire, Market Did a spot check comparing the cost of buying groceries at Walmart, Costco and Loblaz in-store and on the Instacart app.

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While Walmart prices were the same in store as they were on the Instacart app, Market Producers discovered substantial hidden markups at Costco and Loblaz.

Costco and Lobla Told Market So that customers can get better deals when they order directly from their website, and Instacart keeps the money made from the markup. Instacart told us that retailers set prices on their apps and it’s up to consumers to look at those pricing policies. read more

Passengers ‘out of luck’ as they seek refund for COVID cancellations

It’s a situation that is all too familiar to many travelers by now: canceled trips and postponed holidays due to rapidly changing COVID-19 travel rules.

But for some Canadians, the battle to get refunds from travel companies has been even more frustrating than the wrong plans.

Many tourists planning to sunbathe abroad this winter say heeding the advice of health and government officials has led to an uphill battle with these companies for reimbursement. read more

Ottawa still hasn’t delivered on promise to test all travelers entering Canada from outside the US

Despite announcing nearly six weeks ago that all travelers entering Canada from outside the US would soon be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival, Ottawa still isn’t testing everyone.

Marcella Hart says she was surprised when she — and her husband — were both fully vaccinated after flying from Mexico to Toronto on December 26.

“We had an uninfected child. We just assumed that we would be — almost — a target for testing,” she said.

Canada’s Public Health Agency did not address the question of why it was taking so long to transition testing to all non-US foreign arrivals.

But spokesman André Gagnon says the government has “significantly increased” arrival testing resources this month, to the point where it can now conduct more than 20,000 tests per day at airports. read more

what is going on?

The pandemic is changing how restaurants do business – and that could be for good
The focus on takeout and delivery will mean smaller restaurants with less face-to-face contact.

Some Save On Foods combo meals recalled due to salmonella risk
Lemon Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, Ginger Beef and Honey Garlic Chicken influenced food.

Passengers in Sunwing Party plane can be jailed, fined thousands
The group included Quebec influencers, reality show stars moving to Mexico.

Critics, industry call on Ottawa to reconsider trucked vaccine mandate to protect supply chains
Conservative, the trucking industry says the mandate will hurt Canada’s already fragile supply chains.

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