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Marketplace exposed him in the ’90s. Now he’s back

Wolfe’s company shut down shortly after he was exposed by Marketplace in 1994 selling a fake HIV drug. (UKTN)

A self-professed health professional who was exposed nearly 30 years ago for selling fake HIV drugs in Toronto is now leaning on unproven and harmful treatments for everything from chronic pain to cancer, according to a Marketplace study.

The Doc of Detox – as Darrell Wolfe calls himself – has set up a fast-growing alternative health operation at a resort in Ixtapa, Mexico, where he and his staff use questionable procedures and devices that are not only expensive and ineffective, but can often cause serious physical ailments. cause. suffering.

His claims include using an energy device to “stop cancer in one treatment”, getting rid of his father’s leukemia within six weeks by making him drink his own urine, and using a navel massager to “kill cancer cells”. kill”.

Experts have debunked each of these claims.

Marketplace went undercover to document Wolfe’s teachings firsthand and spoke to 21 people who described their experiences with Wolfe and his program. They said it was like joining a cult; that the physical treatments bordered on “torture”; and the promises that he could cure illnesses, including advanced cancer, made them feel “foolish” and “cheated”.

Wolfe did not agree to an on-camera interview with Marketplace, but did say he never claimed he could cure cancer. When asked about his credentials, he said he had a “doctorate in natural medicine”.

No accredited university in Canada offers a PhD in natural medicine. Read more.

You can watch the full hidden camera investigation Friday at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland) on UKTN TV and UKTN Gem.

Experts say the sun can set on Sunwing

An airplane with an orange tail with the word "Sun wing" painted on it is on an airport runway.
A Sunwing aircraft is parked at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport in Montreal on March 2, 2022. Sunwing travelers from Saskatchewan are now running out of direct flight options to sunny destinations as the airline pulls many of its remaining winter flights. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

You will remember those 7,000 complaints Sunwing received after the chaotic holiday travel season.

Now it appears the airline is struggling to keep operations going as the company cuts half of its winter flights from Saskatoon and all winter flights from Regina.

John Gradek, an aviation expert and lecturer in the aviation management program at McGill University, said it was Sunwing’s failure to “understand that their schedule was a little too aggressive or too optimistic.”

Gradek said the company’s withdrawal from Saskatchewan would give them a “half-decent chance” to continue other destination flights.

If you are one of the 7,000 who have filed a complaint with Sunwing, the company has approximately two weeks to process the complaint before you can go to the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA).

But expect to be patient. There’s still that backlog of 33,000 complaints that the CTA has to deal with. Read more.

This is how Canadians are getting creative in dealing with high food prices

A woman pushes a shopping cart in a grocery store.
Erin Schulte, of Delta, BC, says she can save thousands of dollars a year by using an app that shows her the cheapest products in local stores. (Justine Boulin/UKTN)

As of December 2022, the cost of food is up 11 percent from a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada.

UKTN News spoke to several people in BC who have tips for shoppers across the country on how to lower the cost of groceries.

Delta’s Erin Schulte uses an app called Flipp, which collects deals and flyers from local stores. Schulte uses it to find the best prices on products she wants, and to shop at stores that match the price.

Schulte says she saves hundreds every month.

One organization, Vancouver’s Little Mountain Neighborhood House, launched the Yard Garden Harvest Project, where homeowners can donate their lawns as space for a volunteer-run yard.

Last season, five homeowners offered a total of six lots with about 550 pounds of fresh produce, all of which were donated.

Arianna Voth of Burnaby says she has traded fresh produce for canned produce. Her family also felt it necessary to turn to food banks. Read more.

What else is going on?

Zellers is coming back to Canada
Oh, the nostalgia! Zellers stores will open in 25 The Bay locations across Canada, plus an online store.

Public transport is struggling to lure travelers back
Systems across Canada are grappling with revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic, so some are raising prices, cutting services, or both.

School lunch programs are struggling to serve the growing number of students in need
Rising food prices mean operators can’t get “the same value and amount of food” they need.

marketplace needs your help

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Have you planned your dream vacation, only to have an airline totally ruin it? Maybe you were trapped in paradise, or maybe your trip got canceled altogether. We want to hear your story. Write us at [email protected]

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We are on the hunt for greenwashing claims! Have you seen a product or service that makes eco-friendly claims, only to find out they were too good to be true? Maybe that box wasn’t really compostable, or maybe that “low emissions” claim was wrong. We want to hear about it. Reach us at [email protected]

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