MyResolver News Round-up – Everything Old Is New Again

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Is the news repeating itself?

18/02/2019

In this week’s news round-up, we’ve spotted a number of stories that we’ve heard about before. Does this make it “old news”? No. These are examples of how the news cycle, like history itself, repeats periodically. The old adage of “the more things change, the more things stay the same” appears to be true to the news. These persistent news pieces will be familiar to most of us. The interest here is the new take on old issues or yet another example of a recurring issues of interest to all Canadians.


“Satisfaction” in Stones Ticketing Issue

Here’s our first example of old is new. Ticketmaster has been in the news a lot lately with stories of fostering a secret scalper community, not doing enough about buying bots and ticket availability for the general public. Now comes a story with clear documentation about a bait-and-switch “error” that one savvy consumer was able to prove quite conclusively.

Consumer Warns to Check Out Ticket Prices at Checkout

For Sale: Gently Used Self-Checkout Kiosks

Speaking of checkouts, retail self-checkout kiosks are once again in the news. Where we used to see stories of great retail innovation, these stories changed to protests over lost cashier jobs and now it seems some retailers are removing these stations all together, writing it off as a failed experiment. We’re sure this isn’t the last we’ve heard on this piece either.

Some Retailers Come Full Circle on Self-Checkout Stations

“Holy Grouper!” Fish Substitutes Just Not The Same

Considering our next story, should we be lobbying for DNA testing in our grocery scanners? We’re again seeing stories of mislabelled fish in our grocery stores and it’s hitting consumer pocketbooks and confidence. With all the technology available in the supply chain, it’s tough not to see this as a blatant rip-off.

Something Fishy About This Snapper

Fake News? Canadians Aren’t There Yet

While Canadians are feeling less confident about their seafood purchases, a new study indicates prevailing opinion is there’s nothing fishy about our news. Edelman Canada has indicated that three quarters of Canadians trust traditional media, but there is increasing concern about fake news and how it can be used as a social weapon.

Canadians Confident in Media, For Now

Never Underestimate the Power of One Woman

If ever there was an example of the influence media has on people, this is a great one. One month ago, Netflix debuted a series about tidying and organizing our homes and spaces, hosted by author and organization guru Marie Kondo. Since that debut, thrift stores and consignment shops across Canada have noted a big increase in donations as faithful “Konverts” shed superfluous belongings in a purge that is bringing joy to everyone involved.

Unwanted Clutter Is a Thrift Store's Bounty

Toddlers Developing Posh Accents from Peppa Pig

Children are equally susceptible to the influence of media in ways that can be quite unexpected. No parent is surprised when a child makes a request for a new breakfast cereal after watching Saturday morning cartoons, but no one expects them to begin speaking idiomatic Britishisms. However, that is exactly what some parents are noticing.

You Say "To-may-toes, Your Kid Says "To-mah-toes".

Spendthrift Spouses Costing Relationships

Perhaps if Sesame Street had been teaching lessons in fiscal honesty 30 years ago, we’d not be seeing stories like this in the news presently. However, as the economy shrinks and everyone is feeling the pinch, stories of profligate partners are making the news to the degree that we’ve got a new expression to describe this relationship pitfall. Financial Infidelity. Experts encourage Canadians to “have the talk” when it comes to managing household budgets.

"Your Cheatin' Heart" Bought Another Designer Handbag?!

“Water, Water, Everywhere”

Lastly we’ll close with a news item that we’ve NEVER seen before and is surely a first. Iceberg Vodka’s CEO David Meyers has reported a rather unusual theft from their Port Union, Newfoundland facility. How and why it was stolen is anyone’s guess but the object of the theft is certainly unique in more ways than one.

Flood of Questions Around Water Theft

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