Fri September 28, 2012
Planet Money

Pork, Helium, Maple Syrup: Our Favorite Strategic Reserves

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 10:47 pm

Quick: Which country has a strategic pork reserve?
Robert Smith NPR

There are some things you just can't live without. Gas. Electricity. Bacon. No matter the price, you're gonna buy it. That's why many countries have strategic reserves of basic necessities. The reserves guarantee a temporary supply of the things people can't live without, and can serve as a short-term buffer against price spikes.

Different countries have different things they can't live with out. Here are a few of our favorite strategic reserves:


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Thu September 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Cheese-Smuggling Ring Is Brought Down In Canada

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 5:56 pm

Cheese that was smuggled into Canada may have brought profits of more than $165,000, according to police. Pizzerias were reportedly a main market for the criminals, who were arrested this week.
Alex Wong Getty Images

A "large scale Canada-U.S. cheese smuggling operation" has been brought down, after an international investigation tracked criminals who were skirting import duties and Canada's higher cheese prices.

"The investigation revealed over $200,000 worth of cheese and other products were purchased and distributed for an estimated profit of over $165,000," Niagara police said.

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Thu September 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When Doctors Tell Patients They Shouldn't Drive

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 12:49 pm

Fire department personnel, police officers and paramedics at the scene of a fatal collision on Highway 401 in Mississauga, Ontario, in July 2011.
Stacey Newman

In Ontario, doctors get paid $36.25 each time they warn patients who might be unfit to drive and report them to the provincial transportation department.

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Wed September 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Psst! Wanna Buy Some Mozzarella? U.S. Cheese Being Smuggled Into Canada

Somebody check the cheese.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Criminals and cops looking to grab a slice of some tasty action are smuggling American cheese into Canada, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

At the center of this "mozzarella mafia" conspiracy are some officers in the Niagara Regional Police Service, the news agency says. It says that:

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Wed September 26, 2012

Cheap Cheese Smuggled Across Canadian Border

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 9:17 am



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