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February 26, 2020

  • Increase in liquor thefts leads to a 'challenge' for new solutions

  • CBC Marketplace Investigation: We bought dozens of products from AliExpress, Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Wish. Over half were suspected fakes

  • Top 10 scams that impacted Canadians in 2019

  • Why are so many big retail stores closing in Canada? Experts weigh in

  • Behind CN, CP's quiet deal to skirt railway blockades and keep Canada's vital goods moving

  • These are the retailers closing in Canada or facing bankruptcy in 2020

  • Lots of losers as retailers strive to survive in 2020

  • Retail stores like Pier 1 'not really anything to anyone,' analyst says

  • Hobo Cannabis Company Announces Ontario Expansion Plan, Bringing Market Share to 15 Locations

  • Chinese Variety Retailer YOYOSO to Enter Canada with Plans for Multiple Storefronts

  • (Update) SIU clears Ottawa police officers in shopping mall shooting death of Indigenous man

  • Saskatoon, SK: Loss prevention officer stabbed while trying to apprehend shoplifting suspect

  • Regina, SK: Police arrest alleged Peeping Tom after camera found in Tim Horton's restroom

  • Winnipeg, MB: Off-duty police officer assaulted after he followed liquor theft suspects

  • Campbell River, BC: Woman charged in robbery spree; hit c-store, gas station, bank

  • Brampton man charged in connection with illegal alcohol store in Markham

  • Berlin Court Sends Three Suspects to Prison for Theft of Gold Canadian Coin Worth $4M

  • C-Store - Campbell River, BC - Armed Robbery

  • Gas Station - Campbell River, BC - Armed Robbery

  • Marijuana Dispensary - Vancouver, BC - Armed Robbery

  • Retail Store - Essex County, ON - Burglary

  • Sports Store - Thompson, MB - Burglary

 

February 19, 2020

  • Is fashion kingpin Peter Nygard the Canadian Jeffrey Epstein?
    -Nygard claims sex trafficking allegations are rooted in 'property dispute'

  • More than 100 witnesses, dozens of victims come forward in Nygard class action lawsuit, lawyers say

  • Coronavirus just beginning to hurt Canadian economy, experts say

  • This Canadian start-up used AI to track coronavirus and raised alarm days before the outbreak

  • ‘I don’t want to stay another 10 days’: Life in Canada under coronavirus quarantine

  • Robberies at cell phone retailers becoming more frequent, police say

  • How Blockchain and Crypto Is Impacting Retail in Canada

  • The Home Depot Canada to hire 5,500 new associates

  • Pier 1 Imports to Close All Canadian Stores

  • Blairmore, AB: ASIRT investigates fatal officer-involved shooting in Home Hardware parking lot

  • Winnipeg, AB: Three 16-year-olds stabbed at Safeway on Keewatin Street

  • Hamilton, ON: He lost 'his whole life:' Hamilton man acquitted of armed robbery after 8 years in prison

  • Langley, BC: Man shot at strip mall Friday dies of his injuries

  • Thornhill, ON: Police looking for suspect involved in double-shooting outside mall

  • West Shore, BC: RCMP seek public help to identify gas station credit card fraud suspect

  • Cell Phone Store - Surrey, BC - Robbery

  • Dairy Queen - Invermere, BC - Armed Robbery

  • Liquor Mart - Winnipeg, AB - Armed Robbery

 

February 12, 2020

  • Coronavirus Impacts Canadian Retail
    - Vancouver retailers fear coronavirus fallout

  • First Hong Kong protests, now coronavirus: Canada Goose slashes outlook as China revenue sinks to 'negligible levels'

  • Canada confirms seventh case of new coronavirus

  • Canada's legal weed stores attractive targets for robbers

  • 'Culture of dysfunction': Federal Court certifies $1.1B bullying, harassment class action against RCMP leadership

  • Live, Work, Shop, Play
    -Canadian Shopping Centres to See Unprecedented Redevelopment and Site Intensification: Retail Council of Canada Study

  • Oakville, ON: 'We were freaking out': Armed robbery at Oakville Place mall sends employees and shoppers into a panic

  • Charlottetown, PEI: Guilty of $27K smash and grab, man begs judge not to send him to prison

  • Saskatoon, SK: Man allegedly pulls hatchet on LP officer after caught shoplifting

  • 6 arrested in Kingston kidnapping and robbery investigation; forced victim to rob c-store

  • C-Store - Kingston, ON - Robbery

  • Cannabis Store - Burglary - Strathmore, AB

  • Oakville Place Mall - Armed Robbery - Oakville, ON

  • Pawn Shop - Sudbury, ON - Robbery

  • Perfume - Ottawa - Armed Robbery

 

February 5, 2020

  • Business owners, law enforcement hold meeting in Winnipeg to tackle retail theft

  • Retailers looking to share info to combat theft pen letter to justice minister

  • Businesses, province tight-lipped about takeaways from retail crime roundtable discussion

  • Retailers opposed to Canadian cities fining businesses over stray shopping carts

  • Canadian Shopping Centres to See Unprecedented Redevelopment and Site Intensification: Retail Council of Canada Study

  • Toronto businesses report loss in sales due to coronavirus scare
    -One store says sales cut in half over past month

  • From store closures to coronavirus, retailers face challenges in 2020 — but no apocalypse

  • Canadian Retail Sales Growth Slows to a Crawl
     -On Track to Hit 10-Year Low

  • 'Fog of uncertainty' in Canada as autos mask weak retail sales

  • 'Things don’t look good': Uncertainty over MEC Saskatoon opening

  • Mississauga’s Square One Shopping Centre to Become the Largest Mixed-Use Development in Canadian History

  • Why big supermarkets aren’t jumping on the zero-waste train

  • Collingwood, ON: Fire engulfs Sporting Life; damages in the millions

  • Surrey, BC: Alleged crook traps himself store, then gets nabbed by police

  • Winnipeg, MB: Customer knocked out during liquor store left

  • Bradford, ON: Man charged with $2,000 theft of baby formula from grocery store

  • Man who stole 150 wigs, some for kids with cancer, gets 3.5 year sentence

  • Skimming devices at Kitchener gas stations weren't skimming devices after all

  • C-Store - Halifax, NS - Armed Robbery

  • Liquor Mart - Winnipeg, MB - Robbery

  • Needs - Halifax, NS - Armed Robbery

  • Seaway Mall - Welland, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Smoke Shop - Oshawa, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Unnamed business - Brantford, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Unnamed store - Saskatoon, SK - Armed Robbery

  • Unnamed store - London, ON - Armed Robbery 

  • 7-Eleven - High River, AB - Armed Robbery

 

January 29, 2020

  • The Canadian Push is Over - Stores Start Closing

  • 'This is not the end:' Slew of closures shows challenges in Canadian Retail Industry

  • Atlantic Canada Privacy Commissioners question growing use of Facial Recognition

  • Alberta privacy commissioner opens investigation into ID scans at liquor stores

  • Mastercard to build new $510M cybersecurity centre in Vancouver

  • RCC hosting theft and safety roundtable on January 31st in Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Lowe's Closing 34 Underperforming stores in Canada

  • Apparel retailer Bench to shutter all Canadian stores

  • La Senza suppliers file to put it in Ch. 7 bankruptcy

  • B.C. winery employee fired for accidentally dumping 5,680 litres of wine down the drain

  • Vancouver, BC: Gun at Willowbrook Shopping Centre: Teen struck with butt of firearm in Langley assault

  • Hamilton, Ont: Alleged Ancaster Best Buy bandits linked to GTA Organized Crime Ring

  • Simcoe County, Ont: Charge laid after $2,000 in Baby Formula stolen from Bradford Store

  • Hamilton, Ont: Two face 141 charges of fraud, identity theft

  • Hamilton, Ont: Two face 141 charges of fraud, identity theft

  • Montreal: Longtime Milano grocery store employee dies, found in walk-in fridge

  • Collingwood, Ont: Sporting Life plans to re-open after massive fire; damage in the millions

  • Surrey, BC: Bungling burglar gets trapped inside cellphone store when he can't squeeze back under security fencing

  • Winners theft investigated by Airdrie RCMP

  • Toronto: Man charged after thefts of high-end vehicles from dealerships across GTA

  • Toronto: Police search for man accused of tampering with food in west-end store

  • Hanna, AB: Arrest Warrants issued for 2 Men in Identity Theft

  • C-Store - Saskatoon - Armed Robbery

  • Cellphone - Surrey, BC - Burglary

  • Cigar Shop - Alberta, CA - Armed Robbery

  • 7-Eleven - High River, AB - Armed Robbery

 

January 22, 2020

  • Increasingly Violent & Erratic Theft Activity in Canada
    Retail Council of Canada (RCC) Hosting Special Theft & Safety Roundtable Jan. 31

  • RCC Sends Detailed Recommendations & Actionable Opportunities Letter
    To Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Manitoba

  • Retail Council of Canada Meeting Follow-up

  • RCC hosting theft and safety roundtable in January

  • Halifax: 'End racial profiling': Protesters rally where woman was arrested;
    Mother of 2 says she was assaulted by Police after Walmart workers profiled her

  • Cargo theft surges across the Greater Toronto Area - Police struggling to stop it - Cargo Theft Up 247% in 3 Years - Higher Than Entire U.S.

  • Calgary, AB: Province cracking down on liquor thefts; Working group looks at ID-scanning

  • $170,000 lawsuit filed by Edmonton man pepper-sprayed outside supermarket

  • Bose to Shutter Canadian Stores Amid Brick-and-Mortar Retail Retreat

  • Mississauga's Square One Shopping Centre to Become the Largest Mixed-Use Development in Canadian History

  • Smart lockers for online purchases coming to Vancouver transit stations

  • Scarborough, Ont.: Police say boy shot at Gas Station has died

  • Peterborough, Ont: Police investigate after more than $100,000 in meat stolen from butcher shops

  • Surrey Mounties looking for two suspects in $28,000 stolen credit card fraud

  • Surrey Mounties capture 'significant' cargo of stolen mail

  • Nanaimo RCMP: Clerk bruised, traumatized after Armed Robbery at Quarterway Liquor Store

  • Smithers B.C: RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown lingerie store

  • Suspects wanted for 10 break and enters in one night in rural Saskatchewan

  • Windsor, Ont: Food and tools among items stolen from Ontario foodbank

  • C-Store - Shell Lake, Sask - Burglary

  • C-Store - Leask, Sask - Burglary

  • Gas Station - Calgary, AB - Robbery

  • Gas Station - Princeton, B.C.- Armed Robbery

  • Jewelry - Prince George - Armed Robbery

  • Liquor - Nanaimo, BC - Armed Robbery

  • Pharmacy - Leask, Sask - Burglary

  • Post Office - Shell Lake, Sask - Burglary

  • Post Office - Rabbit Lake, Sask - Burglary

  • Post Office - Blaine Lake, Sask - Burglary

  • Post Office - Hafford, Sask - Burglary

  • 7-Eleven - Namaimo, BC - Armed Robbery

January 15, 2020

  • Canadian Jewellers Association Taps Mountie to Get Tough on Losses

  • Carter's OshKosh B'gosh Takes Heat Over Clothes Dumped In Toronto Dumpster
    -Merchandise 'Destroyed So They Couldn't Be Used By Anyone'

  • Things Engraved fires all retail employees at stores across Canada

  • Loblaw to close two distribution centres, expand Cornwall facility

  • IKEA closing all of its 'pick-up-point' stores in Ontario

  • Calgary tattoo shop holds 'we got robbed sale' after their shop was 'cleaned out' by thieves

  • Vancouver, BC: Reports of shots fired near Guildford Town Centre

  • Langley and Surrey RCMP seek to identify six suspects for armed robbery, shoplifting, property damage, and break-in

  • Winnipeg man faces charges after allegedly stealing truck, theft from Dryden Walmart

  • Sudbury, ON: Man wore a gas mask and a pillowcase to carry out 2018 robberies

  • C-Store - Peterborough, ON - Armed Robbery (2x)

  • Car Dealership - Kelowna, BC - Burglary

  • Jewelry Store - Edmonton, AB - Armed Robbery

  • Tattoo Shop - Calgary, AB - Burglary

  • Undisclosed Businesses - Surrey, BC - Armed Robbery (4x)

 

January 8, 2020

  • 'It's an epidemic': Retailer laments explosion in liquor store thefts

  • Violent robberies up in Calgary liquor stores, but cannabis shops spared: police

  • 'We Can't Take This Anymore'
    -Thefts of ATMs are plaguing rural Alberta store owners

  • Coalition of Manitoba businesses look for actions against retail theft; Roundtable set for Jan. 31

  • Thinking Beyond Self-Checkouts to Improve the Customer Experience in Grocery Stores

  • Sask. restaurants had 31,700 health violations in 3 years, but 0 fines were issued

  • Direct-to-Consumer Biggest Retail Trend of the Last Decade, and What's to Come: Expert

  • Resale May Be Fastest Growing Retail Sector
    -Canadian Resale Apparel Market Sees Rapid Growth Amid Retail Slump: Study

  • International Retailers Entered Canada at a Rapid Pace Over the Past 12 Months

  • Canadian Retail Sales Growth Headed for 10 Year Low

  • 60% of Canadians feared falling victim to fraud during holiday season

  • Red Deer, AB: Man killed outside Walmart store; Suspect seeking legal aid

  • Hamilton, ON: 'Suddenly, he stabbed me'
    -3 suspects wanted after New Year's Eve robbery

  • Vancouver officers ordered to co-operate with watchdog over fatal 2016 Canadian Tire shooting

  • Unicity businesses frustrated after string of smash-and-grab robberies: 'We can't afford this'

  • Cops called after large crowd gathers at Eaton Centre to see TikTok star

  • Police Report: Quilters leap to action, detain suspected thief

  • C-Store - St. Paul, AB - Armed Robbery (2x in 24 hours)

  • C-Store - Hamilton, ON - Armed Robbery/Stabbing

  • C-Store - Windsor, ON - Armed Robbery

  • C-Store - Saskatoon, SK - Armed Robbery/Stabbing

  • Gas Station - Halifax, NS - Robbery (2x)

  • Liquor Store - Enderby, BC - Armed Robbery

  • Liquor Store - Abbotsford, BC - Armed Robbery (2x)

  • Pot Shop - Edmonton, AB - Armed Robbery

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