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February 24, 2021

  • 'Responding to Escalated Violence in Retail'
    -Hear from Sean Sportun at the Retail Loss Prevention Forum

  • Third COVID Wave in Canada?
    -Trudeau warns of dangerous 3rd wave as Canada copes with vaccine 'drought'

  • Ontario Scraps Plan to Ease COVID Restrictions
    -No Reprieve for Toronto as Tight Lockdown Extended to March

  • 'Five hundred feet away, and they can let people inside, but I can't?'
    -Steeles Avenue a frustrating border for locked-down Toronto businesses

  • CFIB Statement on Lockdown Extensions in Toronto and Peel

  • Toronto small businesses weary from pandemic uncertainty

  • Opinion: Manitoba retailers paid bigger COVID price than rest of Canada

  • Vaccines are Only One Piece of the Puzzle
    -Mass vaccinations not only factor in Canada's reopening timeline

  • Record Vaccine Delivery
    -Canada to receive record 640K vaccine doses this week with Pfizer, Moderna deliveries

  • U.S. is outpacing Canada's COVID-19 vaccine rollout

  • Retailers Rushing to Build Logistics Hubs
    -E-Commerce Explosion to Fuel Warehouse Building Boom in Canada

  • Struggling Bars & Restaurants Facing New Competition from 7-Eleven
    -Why 7-Eleven's plan to serve alcohol in Ontario sparks concern - and curiosity - in business community

  • Union workers call on Ontario to reject 7-Eleven proposal to sell alcohol

  • Largest Monthly Drop Since April
    -Canada: Retail Sales decline by 3.4% in December vs. -2.5% expected

  • Canadian Tire to Close National Sports Store Chain Amid New Competition

  • How the Pandemic Has Changed Consumer Expectations While Accelerating Ecommerce in Canada

  • Canadian retail sales of cannabis double in December 2020

  • Scarborough, ON: Boy, 16, charged with murder in fatal strip mall shooting

  • Vancouver, BC: Alleged mask thief cuts hands of LP officers during his escape

  • Edmonton, AB: Another robbery too much for business owner during pandemic

  • Quinte West OPP arrest three suspects in province-wide shoplifting spree

  • Welland, ON: Canine helps track down suspect after pharmacy armed robbery

  • Kingston, ON: 3 men arrested following armed robbery of convenience store

  • C-Store - Kingston, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Pharmacy - Welland, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Sports Shack - Edmonton, AB - Burglary

February 17, 2021

  • 'Responding to Escalated Violence in Retail'
    -Hear from Sean Sportun at the Retail Loss Prevention Forum

  • Canada's Phased Reopening
    -Why Ontario will ease province-wide COVID-19 lockdown regionally

  • No Timeline for Reopening Toronto
    -Toronto mayor says city should 'stay the course,' calls for 'very cautious' approach to reopening

  • St. John's metro region in lockdown as cases balloon

  • Forced store closures dampen Indigo's holiday sales period, but profits still climb

  • COVID Safety Inspections Ramp Up in Canada
    -Ontario conducts inspection blitz of distribution centres in Peel Region

  • 'No Face Masks Allowed'
    -B.C. business owner posts sign banning masks from store

  • Restaurant and Retail Workers Facing Abrasive Customers Over COVID Rules

  • Canada's Slow Vaccine Rollout Gets a Boost
    -Canada prepares for single biggest Pfizer vaccine shipment to date

  • Why Canada is falling behind in Covid vaccinations

  • Vaccines intended for N.S., N.B. to be diverted to Northern Canada

  • Canada's COVID 'Infodemic'
    -Chief public health officer takes aim at COVID-19 'infodemic,' urges vigilance over misleading online content

  • New rules requiring a negative COVID test at Canadian border now in effect

  • New Unarmed Police Force in Canada?
    -Saskatoon police to roll out unarmed 'alternative response officers'

  • More Disturbing Details About Retail's Jeffrey Epstein
    -Model Beverly Peele alleges women 'couldn't leave' Nygard sex parties

  • In Case You Missed It: Fashion Mogul Peter Nygard Denied Bail by Judge

  • Store Adds More Security as Robberies Increase
    -Edmonton, AB: Store targeted by armed masked men in the middle of the day

  • Conception Bay South, NL: Thieves suspected to have used a front-end loader in c-store robbery

  • Montreal, QC: Break-Ins Made Valentine's Day Weekend a Costly One for These Griffintown Restaurants

  • C-Store - Conception Bay South, NL - Smash & Grab Burglary

  • C-Store - Thunder Bay, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Jewelry Store - Toronto, ON - Burglary (2x)

  • Pharmacies - Calgary, AB - Burglary (3x)

  • Thrift Store - Westboro, ON - Burglary

February 10, 2021

  • Still 'No End in Sight' for Some Businesses
    -Easing of Retail Lockdowns in Ontario Not Enough to Save Many Businesses

  • Coronavirus variants are spreading throughout Canada. Is it still safe to reopen?

  • Ontario will slowly open the door to some non-essential retail in the coming weeks - but many businesses are frustrated at being left out

  • Alberta begins Step 1 of easing COVID-19 restrictions

  • COVID Lockdowns Leading to Permanent Closures
    -Study Tracks Retail and Restaurant Closures Across Canada

  • Canada's Vaccine Woes Continue
    -Canada's vaccines delayed again: Moderna to send fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses while Pfizer issues continue

  • Canadians Support COVID Travel Restrictions

  • Declare thrift stores essential, Ottawa woman urges province

  • Teens lose work as part-time retail jobs vanish due to COVID-19

  • Clearview AI's Misconduct Opens Larger Discussion Around Privacy and Use of Technology in Canadian Retail Locations

  • Clearview's facial recognition tech is illegal mass surveillance, Canada privacy commissioners say

  • 'The Rumors Became Real'
    -Former Nygard employees, intern say fear, intimidation, even sexual harassment commonplace at the company

  • Racial Bias in the U.S. is Spilling Into Canada
    -The retail sector has a racial bias problem - and this Sephora survey suggests it's costing it customers

  • J.Crew has officially closed all of its Canadian stores

  • Big Changes Coming for Canadian Grocery in 2021 and Beyond: Expert

  • Nordstrom Appoints New Canadian Head of Stores

  • Air Canada to temporarily cut 1,500 jobs, suspend 17 routes

  • Serial Robber Has Long Criminal Record
    -Halifax, NS: Man accused of committing four robberies in two hours

  • Waterloo, ON: Employee assaulted during convenience store robbery

  • Police in P.E.I. seize more than $45K worth of hydromorphone, arrest two men

  • Charlottetown, PEI: Suspended sentence for theft for Summerside man

  • Vancouver, BC: Anti-masker accused of threatening employee with baton after stealing apple

  • C-Store - Waterloo, ON - Robbery/Employee Assaulted

  • CIBC- Halifax, NS - Robbery

  • Dog Store - Halifax, NS - Robbery

  • Drug Store - London, ON - Burglary (2x)

  • Pharmacy - Halifax, NS - Robbery

  • Roots - Halifax, NS - Robbery

February 3, 2021

  • Shoplifting Down 47% - But Business Break-Ins Increased
    -Overall crime dropped during Covid-19, StatsCan says

  • DoorDash Scam Targeting Canadians?
    -TD customers in several provinces hit with fraudulent DoorDash debit charges

  • Lockdowns Lifted in Manitoba
    -Relaxed restrictions in effect for retailers & hair salons

  • Quebec to open businesses, hair salons on Feb. 8, keep curfew in place

  • Pandemic rules for stores, malls a grey zone for shoppers

  • Employees Cut Amid Ongoing COVID Lockdowns
    -Hudson's Bay permanently laying off more than 600 workers across Canada

  • Shutout by allies, Canada will produce its own vaccines by the end of 2021

  • Canadian mogul fined after getting Covid vaccine meant for Indigenous residents

  • Canada's Jeffrey Epstein
    -Secret Nygard videos show former fashion mogul charged with sex trafficking travelling with teenage girl

  • Canada's Retail Staffing Crisis Grows as People Flee Big Cities
    -Mounting Retail Staffing Crisis in Canada Requires As Talent Pool Thins

  • Top Canadian Grocers
    -Longo's lands top spot on customer experience index

  • Nordstrom Appoints New Canadian Head of Stores

  • Retailers saw a boost in November before lockdowns began to bite

  • Kiehl's to Shut 1/3 of its Canadian Stores as it Focuses on Ecommerce and Multi-Brand Retail Distribution

  • Winnipeg, MB: Officer cleared in fatal shooting of liquor store robbery suspect

  • Rimbey, AB: Clothing store broken into twice in 10 days, $24K worth of merchandise stolen

  • Halifax, NS: Up to $7,000 in Pokémon cards stolen in game store break-in

  • Winnipeg man charged after 15 stores, restaurants robbed since December

  • West Vancouver robber uses bear spray to steal $10,000 worth of sunglasses

  • St. Albert, AB: Fraudsters target senior for $2,000 in prepaid gift cards

  • C-Store - Langley, BC - Robbery

  • C-Store - Lower Sackville, NS - Armed Robbery

  • Clothing Store - Rimbey, AB - Burglary (2x)

  • Game Store - Halifax, NS - Burglary

  • Sunglasses Store - Vancouver, BC - Armed Robbery

January 27, 2021

  • RCC's Retail Loss Prevention Forum

  • Vaccinating the Security Industry
    -Union calls for security guards to be added to vaccine priority list

  • 200,000+ COVID-Related Closures in Canada
    -COVID-19 could shutter more than 200k Canadian businesses forever

  • COVID Lockdowns = Mass Closures?
    -Half of Restaurants in Canada Could Shutter Permanently Amid Lockdowns

  • Toronto BIAs Tell Premier Ford That Lockdowns Are Unfair

  • COVID Cyber Scams
    -Fake Canadian COVID notification apps & websites aim to steal  money & personal data

  • FedEx, Innomar score big contract to distribute COVID vaccine in Canada 

  • Canada keeps end-September COVID vaccination target despite Pfizer delay 

  • Made-in-Canada coronavirus vaccine starts human clinical trials

  • 'Old, Sick, Broke, Lonely & Likely to Die in Jail'
    -For Peter Nygard, Alone and Jailed, Rags-to-Riches Story Turns Upside Down

  • Peter Nygard to Be Spotlighted in Four-Part Streaming Series

  • 45 Retail Bankruptcies
    -Retailers Led Bankruptcy Filings in Canada Over the Past 12 Months

  • Salesforce Releases 2020 Holiday Shopping Report Showing Canadians Shifted Online in a Big Way

  • Retail sales continue rebound, having risen 7 months in a row since  COVID low in April

  • QuanU, other retailers find new real estate deals in Canada

  • Godiva to close all 11 Canadian stores by end of March

  • Organized Crime Leader Arrested Trying to Enter Canada
    -Nabbed Canadian man named as one of world's biggest drug kingpins learned underworld trade from Mafia in Canada

  • Drug Trafficking Operation
    -‘Cocaine bananas’ shipped to Canadian grocery stores in botched operation

  • Orillia, ON: Alleged five-finger-discount ends in drug/weapons seizure

  • Halton, ON: Violent trio used robbery to stock up on supplies

  • Winnipeg, MB: 2 men recovering after one was shot in suite above c-store

  • Kawartha Lakes, ON: Lindsay man arrested after suspected shoplifting incident

  • Charlottetown, PEI: Man charged after he was caught shoplifting

  • C-Store - Niagara Falls, ON - Armed Robbery

  • C-Store - Kitchener, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Cannabis Store - Calgary, AB - Armed Robbery

  • Electronics - Alliston, ON - Robbery/Tied Up Employees

January 20, 2021

  • Social Distancing Tool to Keep Stores Safe & Open
    -Canadian Company Creates Social Distancing Traffic Management Platform to Help Retailers Manage Crowds

  • First-Ever Solution for Stores Struggling During Pandemic
    -E-commerce Solution for Canadian Malls Struggling During Lockdowns

  • A Long Way Until Lockdowns Are Lifted?
    -Ontario must cut COVID-19 cases to 1,000 daily to lift lockdowns, medical officer says

  • Extended Ontario Lockdowns Blasted for Harming Small Retailers

  • Vaccine Setbacks
    -Provinces delaying or revisiting vaccine programs as Pfizer slows dose deliveries

  • Ontario Launches Online Security Guard and Private Investigator Testing

  • Ontario premier pleads with Biden administration for COVID vaccine help

  • Canada could impose new COVID-19 travel restrictions without notice

  • LP & Security Measures Driving Down Crime
    -Liquor Mart thefts plummet 97.5% at stores once reeling from shoplifters

  • Canada's Epstein
    -Nygard's Lawyer Calls Jail a 'Death Sentence'
    -Fashion mogul Peter Nygard seeking bail on U.S. charges of sex trafficking, racketeering

  • Canada's Top Retailers
    -Leger Ranks Canada's Top Retailers Including Physical and Online Experience

  • Shopping Centres in Canada to See Significant Changes in 2021 and Beyond

  • Walmart Canada to help staffers ease stress

  • Biden's plan to cancel Keystone pipeline signals a rocky start with Canada

  • Toronto, ON: Restaurant owners huddled inside office as shots rang out in front of their store

  • Kamloops, BC: Police looking for gun-flashing suspect in alleged store theft

  • Peterborough man arrested in vehicle break-in, credit card fraud investigations

  • St. John's, NL: Crown seeks 3 1/2 years for man who told store clerks his name before deciding to rob them

  • C-Store - Saint John, NB - Armed Robbery

  • Electronics - Waterloo, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Gas Station - St. John's, NL - Armed Robbery

  • Gas Station - Kawartha Lakes, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Unnamed Store - Regina, SK - Armed Robbery

January 13, 2021

  • Vaccinating Retail Employees
    -Retail workers waiting to hear about their place in vaccination line

  • At least 4M Canadians need vaccines for country to look at reopening economy

  • Refusing to Comply with Lockdowns
    -Business owners prepared to defy health orders as 'last resort'

  • Paying Businesses to Stay Closed?
    -Indigo CEO calls for government compensation amid lockdowns

  • Extended Ontario Lockdown Announcement Blasted for Harming Small Retailers

  • Petition pushes for lift of COVID-19 restrictions on small businesses in Calgary

  • Canadians call out leaders for breaking their own Covid-19 rules

  • As Canada battles rising COVID-19 cases, lack of sick leave fuels transmission

  • Ontario declares emergency as COVID cases surge & Canada buys more vaccines

  • Canada-U.S. land border closure extended to Feb. 21

  • Walmart Canada Customer Data Exposed
    -Data exposure flaw on Walmart.ca revealed personal customer information

  • Couche-Tard exploring Carrefour takeover to create global retail giant

  • Stores Shutting in Vancouver 'Luxury Zone', Bizou Shutting 30% of Boutiques

  • Loblaw set to close company-run transportation operations in Cambridge, 150 employees laid off

  • British Columbia: Online Pharmacy Aims to Disrupt Retail with Next Day Delivery

  • London, ON: Shots fired at LCBO alcohol display in failed store robbery

  • Niagara, ON: $20K in merch stolen from Niagara Moose Knuckles store, police say

  • Windsor, ON: Cashier gets kicked & punched during variety store robbery

  • Kitchener, ON: Customer steals $250 worth of groceries from store

  • Two Men Stole A Suitcase Full Of Meat At A Toronto Store & Fled In A Rideshare

  • ATM - Corner Brook, NL - Armed Robbery

  • C-Store - Nepean, ON - Robbery

  • C-Store - Halifax, NS - Armed Robbery

  • C-Store - Kitchener, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Gas Bar - Nepean, ON - Robbery

  • Jewelry Store - Hamilton, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Jewelry Store - Corner Brook, NL - Burglary

  • Liquor Store - London, ON - Armed Robbery/Shots Fired

  • Moose Knuckles - Niagara, ON - Burglary

  • Pharmacy - Nepean, ON - Robbery

  • Pharmacy - Barrie, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Variety Store - Windsor, ON - Robbery

January 6, 2021

  • One-Third of Ontario Businesses May Not Survive New Restrictions
    -Second COVID Lockdown Will Obliterate Small Retailers & Businesses: Experts

  • Canada's Slow Vaccine Rollout
    -Health experts urging quicker vaccine rollout in Canada as COVID-19 cases surge, doses sit in freezers

  • Fewest International Brands Enter Canada Since '14
    -International Retailers Continue to Enter Canadian Market Despite Pandemic

  • These three Toronto businesses with a COVID outbreak pose a 'significant risk'

  • Charges laid in assault on B.C. Walmart employee who asked customers to wear masks

  • Canadian Retail Sees Sales Surge, but so does COVID

  • Canadian Businesses Take on Amazon
    -A Canadian 'Buy Local' Effort Fights Amazon on Its Own Turf

  • E-Commerce Fraud Surging
    -Online shoppers in Sudbury, North Bay caught up in rising e-commerce fraud

  • In Case You Missed It
    -Canada-Based Shopify hosts thousands of fraudulent shops, analysis finds

  • Canadian Ecommerce Company EMERGE Sees Growth Through Website Acquisitions

  • 15 of the most bizarre items reported stolen in Canada in 2020

  • Mississauga, ON: Arrest made in $1.5M jewellery store robbery & attempted murder; 2nd suspect still on the loose

  • $100K Scam Targets Ontario Box Stores
    -Trio arrested following 'elaborate' Ontario box store scam

  • Nationwide Fraud Bust
    -6 Winnipeggers charged in cross-Canada fraud ring

  • Montreal, QC: $ 100,000 in jewelry stolen in downtown armed robbery

  • Vancouver, BC: Theft suspect sprays bear mace directly in face of store employee

  • Halifax, NS: Car stolen at Halifax gas pumps used to rob convenience store

  • Nunavut: Iqaluit man sentenced two years for C-store armed robbery

  • Surrey, BC: Theft of Surrey firefighters' thrift store van 'disheartening'

  • C-Store - Kitchener, ON - Armed Robbery

  • C-Store - Halifax, NS - Armed Robberies (3x)

  • C-Store - Halifax, NS - Armed Robbery

  • Cell Store - Calgary, AB - Armed Robbery

  • Coffee Shops - Toronto, ON - Burglary (2x)

  • Family Market - St. Thomas, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Dessert Shop - Toronto, ON - Burglary

  • Pawnshop - Montreal, QC - Armed Robbery

  • Shoppers Drug Mart - Langford, BC - Armed Robbery

  • Shoppers Drug Mart - Saanich, BC - Armed Robbery

  • Traders - Traders, NL - Armed Robbery

  • Variety Store - Strathroy, ON - Armed Robbery

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