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June 8, 2022

  • Canadian Retailers Recognized
    -RCC's 2022 Excellence in Retailing Awards - Winners Announced

  • Canadian Retail's COVID Evolution
    -Retail Changed Substantially Over the Course of the Pandemic and Future Predictions: Eric Morris of Google Canada

  • Post-Lockdown Boom
    -Canadian Apparel Sales Forecasted to See Strong Growth Over Next Several Years: Trendex Report

  • Montreal Retail Leasing Seeing Improved Activity as Pandemic Slowdowns Ease

  • Canada's Response to U.S. Mass Shootings
    -Invoking Uvalde, Trudeau out to freeze handgun sales

  • RELATED: Canada handgun sales soar after Trudeau proposes freeze

  • Innovation & Tech Key for Canadian Retailers
    -Smaller Retailers Must Invest in Innovation Now Before Costs Rise Further

  • Baby Formula Crisis Hits Canada
    -Hoarding, panic buying concerns lead some B.C. stores to temporarily limit baby formula sales

  • Canadian Retail Sales Flat in March
    -Statistics Canada says retail sales virtually unchanged in March

  • Do Canadian employees feel psychologically safe? (Survey)

  • Inside IKEA’s first cashless downtown store at Yonge and Gerrard

  • Majority of Canadians Now Embrace Using Self-Checkouts at Grocery Stores

  • French Luxury Swimwear Brand Opens 1st Canadian Storefront in Montreal

  • Toronto, ON: Police ID man, 54, shot and killed inside restaurant

  • Thieves net more than $100,000 in Whitby jewelry store smash-and-grab

  • Stouffville, ON: 'Everyone was shaken': Armed robbery leads to jewelry store adding security

  • 36 robberies, half with guns, in the last 30 days in Mississauga and Brampton

  • Mercedes SUV crashes into Milton store with customers and employees inside

  • Niagara Police identify but still hunting for Toronto man tied to comic store robbery

  • Reported armed robbery inside Mapleview mall in Burlington under investigation

  • Two charged with store robberies in Kitchener and Waterloo

May 25, 2022

  • Canadian Retailers Recognized
    -Retail's Best Recognized: 2022 Excellence in Retailing Awards

  • REGISTER NOW: RCC's Store 2022 is Next Week

  • COVID's 'Seismic' Impact on Canadian Shopping Malls
    -Seismic reinvention of shopping malls accelerates in COVID's wake

  • The U.S. Failed Miserably on COVID-19. Canada Shows It Didn't Have to Be That Way

  • Canada's most northern border to reopen June 1 for first time since COVID-19 began

  • Flu cases on the rise in Canada despite expected fall

  • Banning Chinese Security Equipment
    -Canada Bans Huawei, ZTE to Secure Telecom Systems

  • Canadian's On Alert After Buffalo Mass Shooting
    -Canada must be 'vigilant' about race replacement conspiracy threat: minister

  • Canada Hits Russia Over Ukraine Invasion
    -Canada bans luxury goods trade with Russia, sanctions 14 other individuals

  • The Last Days of Hudson's Bay at Yonge & Bloor in Downtown Toronto

  • eBay partners with FedEx to ease Canadian shipping

  • IKEA's first downtown Toronto location opens

  • La Maison Simons Announces Halifax Store, Landlord to Repurpose Former Sears

  • US Brand Allbirds to Enter Canada with 1st Stores: Interview

  • Man Shot During Jewelry Store Robbery
    -St. Catharines jewelry store where man was shot in leg during robbery reopens

  • B.C. man uses his child as a human shield in gas station robbery: RCMP

  • RCMP seize firearms, cash, drugs after gun store burglary in southern Alberta

  • Armed robber wanted on Canada-wide warrant could be in Brampton

  • Police seeking to identify 3 suspects after robbery at Vaughan pharmacy

  • One arrest made, three others at large following Mississauga jewellery store robbery

  • Suspects sought in Oshawa and Pickering jewelry store robberies

  • Police say weapon pulled during robbery at Burlington Fortinos

  • N.S. man facing charges following robbery at Antigonish convenience store
    Halifax police seek suspect after convenience store robbed

May 11, 2022

  • Retail and RCC meet with B.C. Ministers on retail violence

  • Pandemic Shopper Tracking?
    -Canadians' trips to liquor stores, pharmacies tracked via phones during pandemic

  • Post-COVID Bookstore Boom in Canada?
    -Canadian authors, booksellers optimistic as industry rebounds after COVID-19 setbacks

  • What new Omicron variants in Ontario and Canada mean for the future of the pandemic

  • Eased COVID-19 restrictions fuel spike in irregular Canada-U.S. migration

  • Crime Hitting Canadian Stores Too
    -Optical store's struggles bring Vancouver small-business challenges into focus

  • Retail Data Breach Hits Ikea Canada
    -Ikea Canada Breach Exposes 95K Customer Records

  • Instacart Expands Same-Day Delivery Across Canada with Major Retail Brands

  • Toronto-Based Brand Kotn Launches Expansion with Several Stores Planned Including 1st Vancouver Location

  • One man dead after 'brazen' shooting at North York plaza

  • Sudbury police make arrest in Walmart shooting

  • Ontario Police Look For Group Who Allegedly Rappelled Down A Building For A Diamond Heist

  • Liquor store employee doused with bear spray during theft: Nanaimo RCMP

  • Victim in weekend shooting at Brampton, Ont., restaurant dies of injuries

  • Man charged in brazen midday robbery at Dartmouth mall

  • Police seek 3 suspects after robbery at Markham jewelry store

  • Police investigating robbery at Halifax Shoppers Drug Mart

  • RCMP arrest 19-year-old following Westpark liquor store armed robbery

  • Markham gaming store patrons robbed at gunpoint: police

  • Hamilton police ask for help identifying three commercial robbery suspects

  • VIDEO: Naked man runs through Surrey Walmart

May 4, 2022

  • Canadian Retailers Recognized
    -Retail's Best Recognized: 2022 Excellence in Retailing Awards

  • More COVID Protest Clashes
    -Canadian police face off with protesters opposed to mandates

  • The Pandemic & Workplace Safety
    -COVID-19 still a work safety concern

  • As mask mandates end, Canada's Atlantic provinces see a virus resurgence

  • Canada needs a stronger COVID-19 detection system, experts say

  • Retail Delivery via Drone Ready to Sweep Canada?
    -Drone Delivery for Retailers in Canadian Cities Closer than Ever with Expanded Testing Initiatives

  • Amazon's Union Push in Canada
    -Amazon workers in Canada's Alberta, Northwest Territories file for union vote

  • Foot Locker Expands Power Store Concept in Canada with 1st Suburban Location

  • $80K Theft Ring Busted
    -Retail theft ring taken down, several young teens charged, Peel police say

  • Vancouver, BC: Police release video of 'takeover-style' robbery at Gucci shop

  • Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Police searching for 4 men after Armed Robbery at Best Buy

  • Conestoga Mall store robbed with Tasers: police

  • More than $6K worth of stolen booze recovered after theft call at Aurora LCBO

  • Woman arrested after liquor store robbery, Edmonton police still searching for man

  • 2 armed men sought after robbing cannabis store in Oliver

  • Man sought in connection with armed robbery at High River c-store

  • Police Arrest Woman for Department Store for Robbery with a Weapon
    Convenience store robbed just after midnight: Kelowna RCMP

April 27, 2022

  • In Case You Missed It: RCC Retail LP Forum Recap
    -RCC's Retail LP Forum Explores the Growing Complexities of Protecting People, Property, and Assets

  • COVID Impact's Best Buy Canada's HQ Plans
    -Best Buy Relocating Canadian Corporate Headquarters to Adopt Hybrid Work-From-Home Model

  • Retail Sales Bounce Back After Canada Lifts COVID Restrictions
    -Canadian Retailers Bounce Back After Most Covid Curbs Lift

  • Canadian Retailers Feeling Sting of 6th COVID Wave
    -Renewed labour crunch in retail, restaurants amid sixth wave

  • COVID has changed the way consumers feel about food. Is the industry prepared?

  • Canadian Retailers' Top Concern: Finding Workers
    -Competition for workers among top issues for retailers in 2022: Deloitte

  • Walmart's Canadian Expansion
    -Walmart Invests Further in Canadian Operations with Opening of State-of-the-Art West Coast Distribution Centre

  • Woman says Metro Vancouver Walmart staff mistreated disabled husband

  • Taco Bell Looks to Grow Market Share with Plans to Double Canadian Store Count

  • Amazon opens Hamilton warehouse, announces 3 more in Ontario

  • L.L.Bean Announces Plans to Open 5 More Canadian Stores

  • Despite market issues, Canadian retailers expect to exceed revenue targets

  • 'Takeover-Style' Robbery Spree
    -Two charged following series of 'takeover-style' robberies in Toronto & Peel

  • Kits shop owner says thieves shot her window during break-in attempt

  • Gunpoint robbery in downtown Oakville sees employee assaulted

  • 3 suspects, 1 allegedly armed with gun, sought following Vaughan c-store robbery

  • Halifax police search for suspect in gas station armed robbery

  • Three arrested in Carleton Place hardware store robbery

  • Skeleton-masked suspect sought in reported robbery with a handgun in Stittsville

  • Three charged in Montreal cellphone store stick-ups in under 24 hours

April 13, 2022

  • RCC Retail LP Forum Recap
    -RCC's Retail LP Forum Explores the Growing Complexities of Protecting People, Property, and Assets

  • Canada's COVID-Retail Impact
    -Key Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Retail Insolvencies

  • Union Head Takes $$ From COVID Test Supplier
    -Toronto police to investigate former union head Jerry Dias

  • Sixth COVID Wave Hits Canada
    -Canada's Ontario in sixth COVID wave, hospitalizations likely to rise -official

  • Ontario expands access to COVID-19 antivirals, recommends masking indoors

  • Ontario Pot Shop Owners Demand Action Amid Robbery Surge
    -Canadian pot shop owners warn visibility rules increase risk of robbery

  • Shoppers Drug Mart #1 Most Reputable Company in Canada
    -Retailers Rank Highly on List of Canada's Most Reputable Companies: Leger Study

  • Retail Council Says Pros And Cons To Minimum Wage Hikes

  • Best Buy Relocating Canadian Corporate Headquarters to Adopt Hybrid Work Model

  • lululemon to Open 3-Level Flagship Store in Downtown Toronto

  • 'Large police presence' at Burlington Centre Mall
    -Armed robbery inside mall under investigation after $200,000 worth of merchandise taken

  • Calgary Robbery Duo Hits 9 Locations
    -Charges laid in Calgary robberies targeting convenience stores, pizza chains

  • 13-year-old boy charged with armed robbery after same store hit 5 times in 8 months

  • One person dead, 2 injured in shooting at Niagara Falls entertainment complex

  • Mississauga pharmacy owner 'shaken' after store robbed for second time this week

  • Man accused of robbing Circle K convenience store on trial in Yellowknife

  • Police fail to catch Halifax smokes thief with high-tech tobacco tracker

  • Man robs $320 in alcohol from LCBO in Burlington

  • Sudbury police release photos of robbery suspect

  • Three males arrested in attempted robbery in Milton

April 6, 2022

  • RCC's Retail LP Forum: April 12 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm ET (Virtual)

  • Exploring the growing complexity of retail loss prevention

  • Canada's Cannabis Retailers See Robbery Surge
    -Alberta cannabis store robbery surge leads advocates to ask for new rules

  • Toronto's Retail Recovery
    -Workers Returning to Toronto's Downtown Core Gives Retail and Other Businesses a Boost

  • High Prices - More Theft
    -Pre-pay policy now in effect at some Ottawa gas stations to prevent fuel theft

  • Dollarama to sell products priced up to C$5 to shore up margins

  • Greed and Profiteering in the Supply Chain Causing Unsustainable Price Increases for Retail Goods in Canada

  • Video Interview: Sylvain Charlebois Discusses Canadian Food Availability and Prices During War in Ukraine

  • Canadian Footwear Brand Maguire Expands to NYC with 1st International Storefront

  • Statistics Canada says economy grew 0.2 per cent in January

  • Walmart Shooting Incident
    -Sudbury police converge on residence to arrest Walmart shooting suspect

  • Toronto Police Arrest Man & Teen Who Went On A Robbery Spree At 16 Stores

  • Etobicoke, ON: Alleged bandit accused of five retail store robberies

  • Winnipeg, MB: Off-duty Winnipeg officers assaulted, sprayed with bear spray while attempting to stop theft

  • Suspects arrested in London Ont. jewelry store robbery: police

  • Four people arrested following robberies at two Cape Breton convenience stores

  • Manitoba: Robbery Suspect Uses Solid Chocolate Bunny To Attack Store Clerk

  • Warrant issued for suspect in Ajax, Oshawa robberies

  • Brantford resident arrested in ongoing c-store robbery investigation

March 30, 2022

  • Just a Couple Weeks Away!
    -RCC's Retail Loss Prevention Forum

  • Canadian Stores Enlist Axis Communications Tech to Fight Theft
    -Retailers Find Benefit in Using Camera Technology for Customer Experience

  • Businesses Dealing with Shattered Windows Amid Crime Wave
    -"Unbelievable": Glass companies swamped by Vancouver's crime surge

  • Targeted & Gang Shootings on the Rise
    -'Brazenness' of shootings escalating, police say, as videos of public gun violence released

  • The U.S. and Canada Reestablish the Cross-Border Crime Forum

  • Canadians Lost $375M to Scams in 2021
    -Thwarting cybercriminals before they get your financial info

  • Police Urge Public to Report Fraud
    -RCMP offer tips to combat fraud

  • Fraud Awareness Month: Tips and reminders from Regina police

  • Canada's Epstein - Legal Update
    -Arrest warrant issued for Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard in Montreal

  • Home Depot Canada: Worksheet on privilege gone viral not authorized

  • Canadian Consumers Changing Shopping Patterns Due to Inflation: Report

  • Statistics Canada is Changing How it Monitors Food Prices

  • Police in Metro Vancouver investigate spate of targeted shootings, homicides

  • Duo faces multiple charges following car theft and robbery: Halifax police

  • Durham sees spike in pharmacy robberies, police canvassing with prevention tips

  • Georgetown, ON: Police investigate armed robbery at convenience store

  • Psychiatric assessment ordered for man who held up Victoria Street retail store

  • Lethbridge police identify suspect in bear spray attack on liquor store worker

  • Man accused of robbing pizza joint with machete remains in custody

  • Suspect sought following break-in to Acton leather goods store

March 23, 2022

  • Exploring the growing complexity of retail loss prevention

  • Front Line Employees Fearful & May Continue Wearing Masks For a While
    -The masks are coming off, but grocers remain on guard

  • Ontario Drops Mask Mandate
    -Ontario lifts mask mandates in most public spaces including schools, retail settings

  • Still No Plans for Feds to Lift Restrictions
    -No end in sight for federal COVID-19 restrictions, health minister tells Commons committee

  • Canadians are in favour of hybrid work amid COVID. Can employers force them back?

  • What you need to know to drive or fly across the Canada-U.S. border as more COVID restrictions get lifted

  • Cannabis Stores Hit with Robbery Surge
    -Calgary cannabis store owners call for change to display rules after spike in robberies

  • 59% - Communications 'Somewhat to Not-At-All Useful' & 37% Want to Quit
    -Disconnect Between Retail Workers and Head Offices in Canada a Major Issue Leading to Turnover: Report

  • 'Swiss Army Knife of Cyber Intrusions'
    -Ontario security company uncovers ransomware gang affiliate using Cobalt Strike

  • Pent-up demand has Canadians shrugging off spiraling prices, for now

  • Walmart Canada Announces Massive Fulfillment Centre Near Calgary as Part of Significant National Growth Initiative

  • IKEA Canada Continues National Expansion Strategy with Launch of First Planning Studio Concept in Quebec

  • Best Buy Armed Robbery Crew on the Loose
    -Milton, ON: Armed gunpoint robbery at Best Buy has police hunting 5 suspects

  • Toronto Violent Cell Phone Store Robbery Spree
    -Police make arrests in connection with nearly a dozen cell phone store robberies committed across the GTA

  • Employee at Nesters Market punched in the face while trying to stop theft

  • Police investigate after robbery reported at Toronto jewelry store

  • Police say youth among 2 people charged in Edmonton cannabis store robbery

  • Moncton, NB: RCMP seeking public's assistance to identify robbery suspect

  • Two Oakville pharmacies robbed within minutes of each other

  • Suspect at large after Ajax convenience store robbery

March 16, 2022

  • Exploring the growing complexity of retail loss prevention

  • Curbing Canada's Crime Surge
    -Montreal police adding security cameras to fight crime, worrying community groups

  • Rising Gas Prices in Canada = More Theft
    -Police, convenience store industry prepare for gas thefts as prices continue to rise

  • Canada's fastest-growing city grapples with how to manage rising crime rates

  • Rising crime in Vancouver's downtown sparks calls for reform

  • All 10 Canadian Provinces Ease COVID Guidelines
    -Everybody (except Ottawa) is declaring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • No More Lockdowns Needed in Canada?
    -Canada no longer at COVID's mercy but new variants could arise: experts

  • 2 years on, there are calls for a real look at what went wrong in Canada during COVID

  • Canada's Fraud Prevention Month Continues
    -Chargeback fraud on the rise, proving costly to Canadian businesses: Moneris

  • Canadian Retail Sales Up 22.7% Compared to 2019
    -Retailers See Boost as Canadian Consumer Spending Rises in Q1 2022

  • Walmart to Open Global Tech Hub in Toronto as it Strategizes the Future of Retail

  • IKEA Canada Continues National Expansion with Launch of 1st Planning Studio Concept

  • Canada adds 336,600 jobs in February, jobless rate drops to 5.5%

  • Vancouver, BC: 1 dead in shooting outside Superstore in North Vancouver

  • Montreal, QC: Man shot dead near Place Versailles shopping centre

  • Toronto, ON: Man arrested after 'convenience store robbery spree,' police say

  • Toronto, ON: Terrifying armed robbery of jewelry store caught on surveillance video

  • Edmonton Police seek public's assistance identifying suspects in liquor store robbery

  • Video shows armed robbery at jewelry shop in Mississauga

  • Kamloops, BC: Same theft suspect busted on back-to-back days

  • Two attempted robberies and a robbery within three days in Abbotsford

  • Smash & grab at Shoppers Drug Mart has Halton police searching for suspects

March 9, 2022

  • Businesses Seek Help After Costly COVID Protests
    -Feds announce $20 million to support Ottawa businesses impacted by downtown COVID demonstrations

  • Canada's 'National Emergency' Ends
    -Trudeau revokes emergency powers after Canada blockades end

  • Retail's Bright Post-COVID Future in Canada
    -Canadian Retail Market Adapting to New Reality 2 Years In

  • Ontario will lift mask mandates by end of March if COVID-19 keeps declining

  • Canada relaxes entry requirements for vaccinated travellers

  • Canada to require vaccinations, COVID tests for cruise passengers and crew

  • March is Canada's Fraud Prevention Month
    -Did you know March is Fraud Prevention Month?

  • 130% Increase in Fraud in 2021
    -CAFC steps up awareness campaign during March 2022 Fraud Prevention Month

  • Grande Prairie RCMP working to prevent fraud through awareness and education

  • Retailers in Canada Boycott Russian Products
    -Canadian Liquor Stores Remove Russian Vodka From Shelves

  • Inflation Crushing Canadian Shoppers
    -More shoppers feeling inflation pressure look to dollar stores for deals, retail experts say

  • Hudson’s Bay to Close Bloor & Yonge Department Store in Downtown Toronto

  • Walmart Canada takes aim at last-mile carbon emissions

  • Arrests made in beer store robbery that led to killing of employee, 19

  • Security Glass Thwarts Robbery
    -Bradford, ON: Robbery at currency exchange store in Upper Canada Mall thwarted by security glass

  • Violent Robbery Crew
    -Edmonton, AB: Violent robberies at c-stores have police searching for suspects

  • Halifax, NS: Two men charged in robberies linked to lockdown of Halifax mall

  • Peterborough convenience store robbed three times in 9 days

  • Two suspects sought in Durham phone store robberies

  • Robbery inside Mapleview mall in Burlington under investigation

  • Two Cambridge convenience store robberies reported less than hour apart

  • Chestermere RCMP investigate armed robbery at local pharmacy

  • Regina Police arrest man following a Friday afternoon robbery

February 23, 2022

  • RCC's Retail Loss Prevention Forum
    -Protecting People, Property and Assets

  • 'State of Emergency' Still in Effect Over Canadian COVID Protests
    -Canadian lawmakers extend emergency powers act for truck protests

  • Hundreds More Arrested This Past Weekend
    -Canada looks to end Covid-19 protests with tougher financial measures after another weekend of arrests

  • Pepper spray, tow trucks, and Bitcoin seizures
    -How Canada finally ended the weeks-long Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa

  • Key Events in Canada's Trucker Protests Against COVID Curbs

  • Canada approves Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine for adults

  • Canada's Fraud Prevention Month
    -Did you know March is Fraud Prevention Month?

  • British Columbia Fraud Losses Soar
    -Fraud losses in Sidney, North Saanich rose by 73 per cent in 2021

  • Higher Prices & Labor Shortage Hitting Canadian Retailers
    -'Skimpflation' A Trend As Consumers in Canada See Reduction in Customer Service at Retailers with Fewer Employees

  • Walmart ships fraudulent order to hacker's address, makes customer recoup cost
    -After hearing from Go Public, Walmart Canada refunded the cost of the Apple TV

  • Spending Boost to Come as Restrictions Lift in Canada Says Study by Moneris

  • Canadian Tire orders inventory early, charters cargo ships to keep shelves stocked

  • Jewelry Heist Suspect Now Wanted for Murder
    -Kitchener, ON: Man wanted in Lukfook robbery also sought in murder

  • Langley, BC: Credit card fraudster runs up $20,000 bill at drug store

  • Thieves injure store workers with bear spray in Grande Prairie robbery: RCMP

  • RCMP looking for Thompson, Man. robbery suspect who allegedly threatened store employee's life

  • Winnipeg police arrest 2 after armed convenience store heist

  • Barrie Circle K armed robbery suspect believed to be underage: police

  • River Heights, MB: Pair face charges for convenience store robbery

  • Charlottetown, PEI: Man sentenced to five years in prison for armed robbery

  • Merville general story targeted in early morning robbery

  • RCMP search for suspect following armed robbery at Truro, N.S., gas station

February 16, 2022

  • RCC's Retail Loss Prevention Forum
    -Protecting People, Property and Assets

  • COVID Protests Lead to Canada's 1st 'National Emergency' in 50 Years
    -Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act due to blockades and protests over Covid-19 health measures

  • Canada's Most Populous Province Lifts COVID Restrictions
    -Ontario will no longer require people show vax proof to enter indoor spaces

  • Good News for Canadian Retailers
    -Announcement of Pandemic Restrictions Being Lifted in Ontario Good News for Retailers and Foodservice Businesses

  • RELATED: Relief and Concern as Pandemic Restrictions are Lifted Across Canada

  • Alberta retail capacity guidance changed (again)

  • Canada To Drop Pre-Arrival Covid Testing For Vaccinated Travelers, Per Reports

  • COVID-19 vaccine and booster tracker: How many Canadians are vaccinated?

  • U.S. Guns Fueling Canadian Violence Surge?
    -Guns used in crimes are coming from U.S., not legal gun owners: police chiefs

  • Canadian Retail Cyber Concerns
    -Concerns Over Data Privacy Compliance as Retail Industry in Canada Accelerates Shift to Digital Channels

  • Disruptions at border crossings threaten the continued supply of essential goods for Canadian consumers

  • Saks OFF 5TH to Shut 2 More Canadian Stores in Calgary and Suburban Toronto

  • Toronto, ON: 14-year-old boy, man charged in fatal shooting in McD's parking lot

  • Brossard, QC: 3 arrested after strip mall shooting leaves man in critical condition

  • Peterborough, ON: Truck hauling 2,000+ firearms stolen from Canadian truck yard

  • Barrie police arrest man allegedly involved in Circle K robberies

  • Ski shop smash & grab suspects miss the boat

  • (Update) Suspect arrested in connection to fatal shooting at Ottawa shopping plaza

  • Richmond, BC: Suspect carries away safe in charity thrift store robbery

  • Police seeking suspect in armed robbery at Niagara Falls convenience store

  • Ajax cellphone store robbed of cash, phones

February 9, 2022

  • Ottawa Declares 'State of Emergency'
    -Canada truckers continue protest of COVID restrictions

  • Ottawa Bringing in 1,800 More Police Officers
    -Ending Protest Requires More Police, Ottawa Chief Says

  • Retail Impact of Trucker Protest
    -Worries build over economic impact of Alberta border blockade

  • Canadian police seize fuel at trucker Covid protest as court silences horns

  • Canada PM: military response not in cards for COVID protests

  • Canadian protesters block access to the busiest international crossing in North America as demonstrations against Covid-19 measures continue

  • Canada truckers protest: Trudeau demands an end to trucker protest

  • Canada's Theft Surge
    -Supermarket theft rising, shoplifters more aggressive, warns grocery industry

  • 'Banner Year' for Canadian Retail?
    -Several International Brands Open 1st Canadian Stores in January 2022

  • 56% of Canadian Organizations Paid Ransomware Demands
    -Study indicates Canadian companies paying ransomware demands

  • Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto Adding More Luxury Retailers in 2022

  • Walmart Unveils Multi-Million Dollar Renovation to Supercentre Store in Toronto

  • Acne Studios Is Opening Its First Canadian Storefront

  • 'Distraction Shootings' Across Toronto
    -Robbers staged public shootings to distract from Toronto-area jewelry store heists

  • $120K Store Burglary
    -Edmonton, AB: Five thieves sought after optical store break-in steals $120K worth of glasses

  • Vancouver wig shop broken into a third time, roughly $40K in product stolen

  • Vancouver Police arrest three violent shoplifters downtown

  • Police seek suspect after armed robbery at Kelowna gas station

  • Windsor robbery suspect stranded in Sarnia eagerly confesses to police

  • Police Looking For Suspect In North Battleford Armed Robbery

  • Brampton convenience store robbed

February 2, 2022

  • RCC's Retail Loss Prevention Forum
    -Protecting People, Property and Assets

  • Vax, Mask & Lockdown Protest in Canada's Capital
    -Thousands in Ottawa protest COVID mandates, many rebuked

  • Canada's Version of the Jan. 6th Riot?
    -Canada police fear violence at trucker vaccine protest

  • Best Buy Mask Policy Human Rights Complaint
    -Human rights complaint filed over Best Buy's mask policy dismissed by B.C. tribunal

  • The Real Cause of Empty Store Shelves in Canada
    -Worker absenteeism -- not trucker vax mandates -- impacting store shelves

  • Vaccine Passport to Enter Stores in Quebec
    -BC not expanding vaccine passport to liquor, cannabis stores

  • Canada says just as many trucks are entering from the US despite the vaccine mandate for truckers that triggered protests

  • Canada's Trudeau 'not intimidated' by truckers' COVID protest

  • Freedom Convoy: Trudeau calls trucker protest an 'insult to truth'

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tests positive for Covid-19

  • Black Market Canadian Credit Cards Cheaper Than Starbucks
    -Stolen Canadian payment card information is as cheap as flashy latte

  • 7-Eleven Customer Lawsuit
    -Penticton, BC: Man suing 7-Eleven after incident left him with injuries

  • RCC's response to today's Supply Chain Summit

  • With dozens of pot shops popping up across northern Ontario, legal weed market could be at 'saturation point'

  • Toronto, ON: Boy, 13, arrested in robbery investigation; tied to recent homicide

  • In Case You Missed It
    -Campbell River, BC, Canada: Video shows elderly woman stopping suspected Walmart shoplifter, rips off his balaclava

  • Halifax, NS: Bystanders help stop alleged jewelry thief at Dartmouth's Mic Mac Mall

  • 12-year-old faces firearm charges after Dartmouth store robbery

  • Kitchener man charged in connection to mall robbery & multiple break and enters

  • Two charged after armed robbery in Morinville

  • Smokes swiped in Halifax convenience store robbery

  • Red Deer RCMP seeking assistance to identify suspects involved in assault, robbery

  • RCMP investigate weekend armed robbery in Cupar, Sask.

  • Gas bar robbery suspect sought in Fort Erie, Niagara Falls

  • Police seeking 2 suspects after robbery at phone store in Vaughan

January 26, 2022

  • RCC's Retail Loss Prevention Forum
    -Protecting People, Property and Assets

  • A 'Perfect Storm' for Criminal Activity
    -US-Style Smash-and-Grab Retail Crime Expected for Canada

  • Study: More violent crime in poor Vancouver neighbourhoods, theft in wealthier ones

  • Uptick in robberies concerns Waterloo regional police chief

  • Murders of GTA men highlight Mexico's bloody history with Canadian organized crime

  • Canada's Retail Vaccine Mandates
    -Walmart, Costco and other big box stores in Canada begin enforcing vaccine mandates, and some shoppers aren't buying it

  • COVID Wave Worsening Labor & Product Shortages
    -Grocery store closures loom amid labour, product shortages

  • Business Call for Delay to Vaccine Mandate
    -Delay vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers, business groups urge Trudeau

  • Vaccine Mandate Impact
    -Fruit and veggie outages in Canada get worse with trucker shortages

  • Canadian Retail Sales Drop 2.1% in December
    -Canada Dec retail sales seen down as COVID restrictions bite

  • Canada's Epstein - Peter Nygard Trial Update
    -Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard denied bail, will be detained in Toronto

  • Canada's legalization of cannabis is a success story, despite a shaky first act

  • International Brands Continued to Enter Canadian Market by Opening Stores Over the Past 12 Months with More to Come

  • Maison Kitsuné Enters Canadian Market With Vancouver Store and Café

  • $750K Jewelry Heist
    -Mississauga, ON: Police seek 2 suspects after $750,000 in jewelry, gold stolen store

  • Toronto, ON: Police looking for 5 suspects after merchandise worth $150K stolen from downtown store

  • 'A huge disappointment': $10K worth of meat stolen from local butcher shop

  • Guns, $4M of drugs reportedly seized by Toronto police in Project Tundra investigation

  • Vancouver, BC: Attempted theft stymied at Gucci shop in downtown

  • Police issue Canada-wide warrant for federal offender; armed robbery & theft

  • RNC respond to armed robbery at St. John's service station

  • Police search for two suspects following armed robbery at Dartmouth variety store

  • Ottawa police searching for Sandy Hill robbery suspect

  • Bell Island RCMP investigates armed robbery

  • RCMP looking to identify individual following fraudulent purchases

  • Autographed Willie Nelson and Kid Rock guitars stolen from Winnipeg store

January 12, 2022

  • One-Third of Workers Calling in Sick?
    -B.C. employers talk 'worst-case scenario' and 'last resort' as they plan for mass sicknesses

  • Shopping Restrictions a Drag on Canadian Retailers
    -Canadian Apparel Retailers to Struggle and Continue Losing Market Share Amid New COVID Variant: Trendex Report

  • 'Do Not Travel' to Canada
    -Americans should avoid travel to Canada amid COVID surge, U.S. CDC says

  • COVID & Mental Health
    -Mental Health Resources for Retail Employees

  • Relief Grant for Ontario Small Businesses Not Enough for Lockdown Losses

  • Crime Reporting in Canada
    -RCMP Releases Guide to Reporting Suspicious Incidents

  • Canada's Epstein - Peter Nygard Update
    -Bail hearing continues for Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard

  • RCC's New Retail Health Program
    -Retail Council of Canada launching health benefits program for retail employees

  • Pandora to resume ownership of Canada stores

  • Langley, BC: Bystander struck by bullet in strip mall shooting that killed 18-year-old, police confirm

  • Brampton, ON: 3 teens arrested in string of retail robberies, vehicle thefts

  • Diamond rings recovered, man arrested in sledge hammer-toting Toronto heist

  • Maskless shoplifter pulls meat cleaver on store worker: VPD

  • Halifax police investigating armed robbery at Bedford gas station

  • Victoria, BC: Suspect with 'distinct' jacket sought after armed robbery in Victoria

  • Vancouver grocery store robber re-arrested

  • Peel police looking for lone suspect after Mississauga retail store robbery

  • Sudbury police looking for robbery suspect

  • Sale arranged online leads to armed robbery in Pickering

  • Teenagers carry out armed robbery at Lanarkshire c-store

January 5, 2022

  • "Absolutely Terrible News"
    -Ontario Lockdown to Push More Businesses Into Bankruptcy

  • Non-Essential Store Shutdown
    -Quebec begins retail store closures amid new COVID-19 wave

  • Welcome News for Ontario Retailers
    -Retail group applauds Ontario decision to cut COVID-19 isolation period

  • Provinces counter rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations with new measures

  • A list of the new COVID-19 measures that will take effect on Wednesday in Ontario

  • Canadian army rolls in Quebec to hasten COVID-19 vaccination

  • Canadian Police Shootings
    -Number of Canadian police shootings in 2021 remains too high, experts say

  • Retail's Uncertain Future in Canada
    -Canadian Retail Sales on Shaky Ground: Strappagiel

  • (Update) Winnipeg, MB: Arrest made in shooting death of man outside Winnipeg convenience store

  • 'The Level of Violence ... During These Robberies is Disturbing'
    -Calgary, AB: Police lay 137 charges against 4 teens accused of physically assaulting victims in 'take-over' style robberies

  • $200,000 Theft
    -Ontario police investigating alleged butter theft

  • C-Store Robbery Crew Busted
    -Edmonton, AB: Suspects arrested in convenience store robbery spree

  • Halifax police investigate theft of firearms from Canadian Tire over the holidays

  • Toronto police seek 3 armed suspects following downtown jewelry heist

  • Foursome wanted in $1,500 Regent clothing heist: Winnipeg police

  • Calgary cannabis store robbed on Boxing Day morning

  • Suspect uses knife in Mississauga store robbery

  • Three wanted in Ajax cellphone store robbery on the day before Christmas Eve

  • RCMP arrest man believed to be behind Yarmouth grocery store robbery

  • RCMP searching for man following armed robbery at gas station in Bible Hill, N.S.

  • Peterborough man arrested for robbery, theft of donation box money

  • New Brunswick RCMP investigate armed robbery at Moncton convenience store

  • Police in N.L. arrest a man and a woman for recent robberies in province