Injured woman secretly videotaped by insurer; Bank faces class-action lawsuit: CBC's Marketplace Cheat Sheet

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She was surveilled by her insurer. Experts say she's not alone

When Alicia Micallef filed a workers compensation claim after suffering a concussion, she was secretly videotaped by Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, which used the footage to wrongly accuse her of insurance fraud. Experts say all kinds of insurers use covert surveillance to intimidate claimants or discredit claims. The videos showed snippets of Micallef going about her daily life — including taking in live music, sitting on the subway reading and taking long walks around Toronto. "I was doing things that human beings do … I didn't put in a claim for a broken leg, I put in a claim for a brain injury and [they] helped me with zero per cent," she said. Read more

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Tina Mackenzie/CBC

Whistleblower claims of shady sales practices lead to class-action lawsuit against TD Bank

A TD Bank teller who spoke out about the pressure to sell customers products and services they didn't need says she feels vindicated now that a class-action lawsuit is underway, shining a light on those allegedly unethical practices. "It makes me know that I did the right thing, coming forward," she told Go Public after learning about the lawsuit. She said she and her colleagues were pressured to make unnecessary sales in order to earn revenue for the bank — and to hold onto their jobs. Read more


The CRA is hiring a private company to tackle pandemic questions. But some are raising privacy concerns.

The Canada Revenue Agency is taking the unusual step of hiring a private company to answer some Canadians' questions about pandemic benefits — a move that has one union warning about privacy concerns. "I understand that these people might not have access to the employee CRA system," said Marc Brière, president of the Union of Taxation Employees, which represents more than 28,000 CRA workers. "But what if a taxpayer, thinking they're calling CRA, inadvertently gave confidential information to the employees of the third party? That can certainly happen. So we're concerned with that." Brière said he also fears that involving a third party will create more confusion for taxpayers who are increasingly being targeted by scam artists claiming to represent the federal government. Read more Marketplace has been investigating these phone scams for years.

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Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

What else is going on?

Know the refund rules at Manitoba car dealerships, buyer warns after fighting to get deposit back Dealerships in Manitoba are not required to refund a deposit if a customer changes their mind on a purchase.

Why small businesses say they need Ottawa's help to get some relief on credit card fees Visa, MasterCard say fees are lower, but business groups argue pandemic shopping habits changed the equation.

Air Canada cuts 1,500 more jobs and cancels 17 more routes New coronavirus travel restrictions have battered industry.

These rechargeable knives are a fire hazard Some batteries for Rapala Rechargeable Fillet Knives may overheat and catch fire.

Asylum seekers from India swindled into paying thousands for free services, say health workers Federal government takes out ads in Indian newspapers to warn about costly scams.

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