Toxic chemicals found in dollar store items; New Luxury Tax Introduced: CBC Marketplace Cheat Sheet

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Dollar store products often contain toxic chemicals, report says

An Environmental Defense analysis examined products sold at dollar stores, including Dollarama and Dollar Tree, and found that one in four items tested positive for substances managed under the Environmental Protection Act. ‘environment.

Some of these items included headphones with high levels of lead and BPA-lined cans.

But while many of the report’s findings were within allowable limits, Environmental Defense says those limits need to be stricter.

The solder in a set of headphones, for example, had 3,000 times the legal lead limit allowed on the accessible parts. But welding is not covered by the regulations, a gap which Environmental Defense insists must be filled.

Cassie Barker, toxic products manager for Environmental Defence, said internal lead can still be exposed if products break or wear out.

“The way kids use the products, and you know they break things and so internally [lead] quickly becomes an outside prospect,” she said.

Dollarama said that because the products comply with Canadian regulations, they are safe to use “for their intended purpose.”

Dollar Tree said a similar study published in the United States two years ago prompted the company to remove 17 chemicals from its products. Read more

Environmental Defense provided his report to companies whose stores he visited, including Dollar Tree and Dollarama. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

New luxury tax could be more of a problem than it’s worth, critics say

Starting Thursday, buyers of luxury cars and personal planes worth over $100,000, and boats priced over $250,000, will now be hit with an additional $10 luxury tax. at 20%.

The tax is expected to generate $163 million in new revenue each year.

But Don Drummond, a former federal assistant deputy minister for fiscal policy and former chief economist at TD Bank, warns the tax could be easy to circumvent.

“Whatever you define as the threshold of a boat or any other luxury item, someone will do something to circumvent it,” Drummond said.

Federal officials, meanwhile, continue to defend the tax.

“It’s great for Canadians to be prosperous,” Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday. “I also think people who are doing really, really well should feel comfortable supporting everyone.” Read more

Finance Minister and Deputy Premier Chrystia Freeland defended the luxury tax during an ongoing tour of Alberta on Wednesday. (Bill Graveland/The Canadian Press)

He can’t find a family doctor. Now he’s offering a $5,000 reward

Gary Shuster is a big supporter of public health care. But after losing his family doctor and being unable to find a new one, the Vancouver man is now offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can help end his search.

Critics are sure to point out that the cash bounty undermines the very system it claims to support. But as someone living with a rare metabolic disorder, Shuster said he had no other choice.

The 55-year-old lives with CPT2 deficiency, a muscle-attacking disease that can be triggered by stress, anxiety and infection, leading to severe cramps, cognitive impairment and muscle weakness. Regular monitoring by a doctor familiar with CPT2 deficiency is important to control it.

“I have young children, and if anything happened to me, it would really be a disaster for them,” said the father of three. “As a responsible parent, I have to take steps to make sure I stay healthy.”

By Wednesday afternoon, two people had responded to his announcement. Both said they weren’t interested in the $5,000 reward. Read more

A man in a patterned black shirt stands under an overpass in Vancouver.
Gary Shuster is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can put him in touch with a family doctor in Vancouver. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

What else is going on?

York Public Health advises discarding 2 products as part of Markham restaurant poisoning investigation
The health agency believes the products may be contaminated with highly toxic forms of aconite.

Bank of Canada refutes misinformation about printing money on Twitter
The central bank recently used social media to engage the public on the economy.

Most doctors took a financial hit in the 1st year of COVID, but the top earners did just fine
One in four high-billing doctors received a federal wage subsidy, according to a CBC analysis.

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