Marketplace, CBC – “When The Repairman Knocks”
Youâ€™ve got a problem with something in your home, and you need it fixedâ€”fast! But who do you call? And who can you trust? In a special one-hour edition of MARKETPLACE, Tom Harrington tests the skills and ethics of home repair services. Among Canadiansâ€™ top complaints: over-charging, suggesting or performing unnecessary work and shoddy quality. We put home service trades-people to the test, in a house wired up with hidden cameras. We watch them while they work on what should be a fairly simple repair jobâ€”only to get charged for unnecessary work. And you wonâ€™t believe what happens when we call them on it.
The Fifth Estate, CBC – “Fast Break”
the fifth estateâ€™s Bob McKeown reveals the mysterious machinery that feeds pro basketballâ€™s star-making system: shady â€œprep schoolsâ€ where aspiring ball playersâ€”who pay big bucks to be thereâ€”attempt to make the grade for university without setting foot in the classroom. Weâ€™ll meet two young Canadians whose parents have put everything on the lineâ€”one of them going so far as to sell the houseâ€”to help their children chase the dream. And we tell the story of a Toronto man who has become a legend in finding the next young recruits.