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Why the chocolate company Mars is putting pressure on Canadian veterinary clinics

International conglomerates are on a quest to consolidate the vet industry, gobbling up hundreds of private animal clinics and hospitals over the past decade – and they’re not done yet.

Tracy Johnson talks to one vet who refused to sell out for big bucks, and explores what the change could mean for animal lovers across the country.

Cost of Living8:54Why the chocolate company Mars is putting pressure on Canadian veterinary clinics


Do you have gift cards gathering dust? Now is the time to wear them

Canadians flocked to gift cards during the pandemic. According to Square, we now have millions of dollars worth of plastic gathering dust in desk drawers and glove compartments.

And now it’s time to spend, baby, spend!

Because as Jennifer Keene explains, those cards are worth a little less every day.

Cost of Living4:52Do you have gift cards gathering dust? Now is the time to wear them!


More Canadians are scoring a great deal on a used car – just one small hit

The used car market in Canada is so bad, even used car dealers are saying it’s time to buy lousy.

So now, desperate drivers are widening their search. Like, really expand it – to a tiny island on the other side of the world.

As Jennifer Dorozio tells us, Japan has a huge supply of used cars with low mileage, and car brokers in this country say that the number of these cars being shipped to Canada has increased dramatically.

So don’t be surprised if you see someone on the road driving on the right side of the car. Uh, we mean the wrong side.

Cost of Living8:16More Canadians are scoring a great deal on a used car – just one small hit


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