Marketplace

On air since 1972, Marketplace is Canada’s consumer watchdog. We get the goods to help you shop smarter and protect yourself from slick scams and misleading marketing claims. We investigate the products and services we all use every day and push companies and government for answers. And we expose the truth on stories that matter to you and your family.

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Episodes

Marketplace What F/X?

Marketplace puts COLD-FX to the test, and discovers that there may be more clever marketing than proven science at the heart of their success. Host Erica Johnson also reveals where the processing of this "Proudly Canadian" product takes place, and speaks with company insiders who reveal a dirty secret.
  • 2012
  • 00:22:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Toxic Brew: Harmful Household Cleaners

If you're experiencing headaches, dizziness or shortness of breath, the cause may lurk in your cleaning closet. Follow Wendy Mesley as she examines Canadians' obsession with cleanliness, forking out $275 million on household cleaning products annually. Meanwhile, children are experiencing higher rates of asthma and skin irritations. Find out the surprising results Marketplace uncovered during a toxicology audit of a ...
  • 2002
  • 00:18:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Calorie Confidential

Your neighbourhood casual-dining chain is serving meals positively loaded with fat and calories and sodium, in amounts far surpassing those usually found in fast food. Marketplace had nutritional analyses done on popular items from several chain restaurants. As Wendy Mesley reports, a single meal at one of these restaurants could actually contain more calories than most of us should eat in ...
  • 2007
  • 00:25:39
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace How to Complain

Marketplace examines the way we complain and the way in which these complaints are handled by the industry. The program offers the top ten tips on how to complain and visits with a lady in New York who makes a living by complaining.
  • 2004
  • 00:23:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Cafeteria Confidential

Been in a high school cafeteria lately? You might have noticed that a lot of the fare is greasy, high carb foods. In Toronto, one grade 11 high school student has had enough and, with the help of her friends, has decided she’s going to do something about it. Allison Ewell, the smart outspoken teen who's not only taking on her ...
  • 2004
  • 00:10:42
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Coffee with a Conscience

The specialty coffee business is growing by leaps and bounds in North America. There seems to be a coffeehouse on almost every corner. This has meant increased profits for coffee importers and marketers, but it has not translated into a higher standard of living for the people who grow the coffee beans. But there is an alternative: Fair Trade Coffee, ...
  • 1999
  • 00:14:32
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Black Henna Tattoos: Dangerous Designs

Many people prefer henna because it fades after a month; no need to commit to any design. What people may not know is that there is a serious risk. Some manufacturers are adding a chemical called paraphenylenediamine, or PPD, to make the tattoos blacker and longer lasting. Learn about the health risks in this "buyer beware" documentary.
  • 2003
  • 00:11:18
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Rhyme Pays: Hip Hop and the Marketing of Cool

Join dub poet Clifton Joseph as he jets from France to New York City to Toronto on the money trail linking hip hop artists to high-end brands. Discover how companies get their products placed in songs, how much artists are paid for their singing endorsements, and how this trickles down to the teen consumer. Included are interviews with rappers K-OS, ...
  • 2004
  • 00:57:10
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Buying Into Sexy: The Sexing Up of Tweens

The $1.7 billion business of selling bodies has a grip on youth culture, infecting those between the ages of 8 and 14. This investigation uncovers the sexualization of young girls as they are bombarded with ads, media programs and messages urging them to mimic their favourite pop idols and scantily-clad models. This fast-paced feature follows three tweeners, revealing how they're ...
  • 2005
  • 00:25:34
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Marketplace Chasing the Cancer Answer

In the next generation, the Canadian Cancer Society says almost one in two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer. After host Wendy Mesley was diagnosed, she began a long and personal journey. Along the way, she came across disturbing clues about why more Canadians than ever are getting sick. Chasing the Cancer Answer travels around the world to find those ...
  • 2006
  • 00:44:22
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013