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Marketplace visits Iqaluit, where a 24-pack of bottled water can cost you $29.99

Mar 29, 2019

There’s a boil-water advisory in Iqaluit and Jo Ellen Pameolik, a mother of four, has just purchased a 24-pack of bottled water for $29.99 at the grocery store. Meanwhile, in Winnipeg, a 24-pack costs just $4.49.

The $9.49 package of spaghetti noodles Pameolik bought is $1.50 in Winnipeg; her $11.99 carton of orange juice, just $3.99 on sale from $5.29.

“I make over $100,000 a year and I’m a finance officer, but it’s not even enough,” Pameolik said of the cost of groceries. “Sometimes I wonder how the heck I’m going to get through the rest of the week.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/north-food-prices-nutrition-north-marketplace-1.5074520

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