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May 5, 2021

  • NEW ORC Podcast from 3SI & Retail Council of Canada

  • Store Security Guard Accused of Racially Profiling Shopper
    -Security Guard Caught on Camera Following Black Woman Around Toronto Grocery Store

  • Anti-Terrorism Legislation Targeting Canada's Proud Boys Chapter
    -Proud Boys Canada's demise could stiffen resolve of members, expert warns

  • Canadians Struggle with Mental Health During Pandemic
    -Maintaining mental health at home and on the front line

  • Dodging COVID Health Measures in Canada
    -The Growing Frustration Over Pandemic Restriction Cheaters

  • Enforcing COVID Restrictions Taking Toll on Staff
    -Calgary restaurants and bars raise concerns about enforcement of COVID-19 health measures

  • Mask Rage Targets Store Owner
    -Richmond, BC: Shopper berates pet store worker over mask policy

  • Alberta liquor store lashes back at anti-maskers tormenting them

  • Benchmark for Reopening in Canada
    -Official sees easing of restrictions when more than half of population vaccinated

  • From the RCC: Employer vaccine policies - Your FAQs answered and more

  • Stuck-at-home Canadians are buying more liquor

  • K-Beauty Brand Innisfree Shutting All Canadian Stores due to Pandemic

  • Canada's 'Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Industry'
    -Scammers get thousands every year from P.E.I. residents, say RCMP

  • Walmart to open distribution centre in Moncton with 200 workers

  • L.L.Bean Announces 4 More Canadian Stores Amid Accelerated Expansion

  • Senate passes bill to force striking Port of Montreal employees back to work

  • Retail sales up 4.8% in February, boosted by car dealers, gas stations

  • Retailers want feds to postpone plastic ban for at least a year

  • North Delta, BC: One man dead after shooting outside Scottsdale Centre mall

  • Targeted Shooting Outside Mall
    -Shooting outside Willowbrook Mall in Langley sends man to hospital

  • Suspect sought in knifepoint theft at Saanich Best Buy

  • Knifepoint robbery at Subway in Milton under investigation

  • OPP arrest duo after high-end perfume theft at Orangeville Shoppers

  • Chilliwack RCMP seek c-store robbery suspect caught on security video

  • Steinbach RCMP investigating clothing store theft, looking to identify suspect

  • Police investigating break and enter, theft at c-store in Nova Scotia

April 28, 2021

  • Retailers & Police Discuss Shoplifting Intervention
    -In wake of FreshCo video, Saskatoon businesses to consult with police about how handle alleged shoplifting incidents

  • More Lockdown Protests in Canada
    -Peterborough police 'can't charge them all' but ready for anti-lockdown protest with Bernier, Hillier

  • 'Compliance is a Noose'
    Protest against COVID-19 restrictions held at B.C. restaurant that defied health orders

  • Canada Calling in the Military
    -Canada military will help out in Ontario as Covid positivity hits all-time high

  • Massive PPE Reselling Scheme
    -Five Canadians facing charges in the U.S. for allegedly buying up PPE, reselling at higher prices

  • The Trouble with Mandatory Face Masks in Canadian Retailers: Expert Commentary

  • Canada to get 1.9M vaccine doses this week, including first J&J shots

  • Deaths dropping among oldest Canadians as vaccinations ramp up

  • North Dakota offers free Covid-19 vaccinations for Canadian truckers

  • Amazon Regional LP Manager Makes List
    -Canadian Security Top 10 Under 40 2021 winners announced

  • Protecting Canadian Retailers
    -Amazon Launches Intellectual Property Accelerator for Canadian Retailers and Businesses

  • Disney to Close All Stores in Canada Amid Retail Strategy Shift

  • Shopping Centre 'Le Boulevard' in Montreal to Shutter Entirely

  • Wingstop to open 100 locations in Canada

  • Shooting Outside Mall Linked to Gang Conflict?
    -Coquitlam, BC: Police investigating if shots fired near Coquitlam mall linked to gang conflict

  • (Update) Ottawa: Man facing charges following shooting in mall parking lot

  • York, ON: Man allegedly stole sets of lenses valued at $5,100 from eyewear store

  • Aurora, ON: Charges laid in connection to two c-store robberies

April 21, 2021

  • RCC Course on Preventing Racial Profiling in Stores
    -FREE Course for retailers on preventing consumer racial profiling

  • More Anti-Lockdown Protests in Canada
    -20 charges laid after hundreds take part in Hamilton anti-lockdown, anti-mask protests

  • Police Departments Suffering From 'Low Morale' Amid Protests
    -Retired Winnipeg officer starts petition to protect police from hate speech

  • Montreal protesters denounce 8 p.m. curfew as unscientific, harmful to vulnerable

  • 4 people fined $880 each after anti-lockdown protest in Strathroy, Ont.

  • Canada's Lockdowns Continue
    -Ontario extends stay-at-home order, tightens enforcement in bid to curb surging COVID-19 variants

  • Canadians Frustrated as the U.S. Vaccination Effort Soars
    -Exasperated Canadians watch Americans getting vaccinated faster

  • COVID's 'Domino Effect' in Canada
    -Pandemic Hits Wholesalers in Canada as Retailers Struggle

  • Front-Line Workers in Canada Facing Huge Challenges
    -Mental Health Resources for Retail Employees

  • Vaccination slots fill up fast as eligibility lowered to 40 in Ontario

  • Organized Crime Groups Cashing In?
    -Higher taxes will lead to more contraband cigarette sales, group says

  • Canada's E-Commerce Boom
    -How Pickers, Packers, and Drivers Are More Important to the Brand Experience Than Ever in Canada

  • Gap's Athleta is competing on Lululemon's home turf with first international stores

  • Feds to clamp down on credit card swipe fees, payday loans

  • (Update) Miller 'disgusted' by video of altercation between Indigenous woman and LP officer outside Saskatoon grocery store

  • 'Nothing justifies this level of force,' lawyer says following FreshCo incident

  • Winnipeg, MB: Canada Post mail carrier stole more than $40K worth of packages

  • (Update) N.S. shop owner hopeful stolen jewelry will be found after charges laid in $55,000 break-in

  • New Westminster, BC: Suspect arrested after store security guard threatened with a knife

  • Mississauga, ON: Charges laid after alleged 'hate-motivated crime' at hardware store

  • OPP arrest duo after high-end perfume theft at Orangeville Shoppers

  • Milton, ON: Police investigating armed robbery at pharmacy

  • Vancouver security guards allegedly bear sprayed twice while chasing liquor thief

  • London, ON: Police looking for suspect in convenience store robbery

  • Airdrie RCMP investigating armed robbery at East Lake Petro-Canada

  • Back-to-back shoplifting incidents at Real Canadian Superstore

  • OPP issues public appeal in Carleton Place armed robbery

April 14, 2021

  • Hundreds of Maskless Rioters Hit Montreal
    -Riots rock Montreal as COVID-19 lockdown protests turn ugly

  • Stores Damaged in Lockdown Protests
    -A Montreal Business Owner Said Damages From The Anti-Curfew Protest May Cost Up To $12,000

  • Montreal PD's Hate Crimes Unit
    -Community groups call on Montreal to strengthen police hate crimes unit

  • Anti-lockdown protesters voice support for Alberta small businesses

  • Vaccine Frustration in Canada as COVID Cases Rise
    -Front-line workers say they're left out of Ontario's vaccine rollout

  • Lowe's Canada Makes Pandemic Shift
    -Lowe's Launches Contactless Pick-Up Lockers for Purchases Amid Pandemic Shift

  • 'Lockdown Bonuses' for Sobeys Workers
    -'The right thing to do:' Sobeys reinstates lockdown bonus for front-line workers

  • Households expect return to pre-pandemic spending within a year

  • WANT Apothecary Shuts All Physical Stores Amid Pandemic

  • Ontario Canada Emergency Lock Down for 4 Weeks
    -'This is a new pandemic. We are now fighting a new enemy.'

  • Spring Break Super Spreader Hit B.C. Canada
    -B.C. is implementing a three-week "circuit breaker"-style lockdown

  • Small businesses in Thunder Bay, Ont., aim to support others during shutdown

  • Businesses react to Alberta's restrictions rewind limiting service at gyms, eateries

  • Porch Piracy on the Rise in Canada
    -How to fight back against porch pirates

  • Cash Disappearing in Canada
    -In-Store Cash Payments Expected to Almost Disappear by 2024 in Canada

  • Canadian fashion brand to introduce BOPIS with new POS system

  • Hudson's Bay Flagship Properties Set to Undergo Massive Transformation

  • Forever 21 Returning to Canada with Physical Stores

  • Pop Mart's collectible toys now available at its first Canadian store in B.C.

  • Canada's Brookfield to buy 7 UK retail parks

  • 'Boost & Bust' Blitz Operation
    -Burnaby, BC: Anti-shoplifting blitz leads to 46 arrests at Metrotown mall

  • Ottawa: Police investigating 'targeted' shooting at St. Laurent Shopping Centre parking garage

  • Amherst, NS: Store owner says theft of $50K in jewelry 'absolutely horrifying'

  • Corner Brook, NL: Man who committed pub armed robbery sentenced to 6 years

  • St. John's, NL: Police investigating four armed robberies over 24 hours

  • Kamloops, BC: Trio bear-sprays employees in liquor store robbery

  • Thunder Bay man arrested over dollar store robbery with replica firearm

  • Windsor, ON: Police seek witnesses to C-Store armed robbery

  • Surrey, BC: 2 of 3 puppies still missing after weekend break-in

  • Sudbury, ON: Man arrested in connection to pair of robberies

March 31, 2021

  • RCC's Retail Loss Prevention Forum

  • Canadian Lockdowns Causing Frustration
    -Disappointment, anger, confusion over BC's new restrictions on indoor activities

  • Canadian Retailers Playing Key Role in Vaccinations
    -London Drugs pharmacies preparing to become COVID mass vaccination sites

  • Fake COVID Websites Scamming Canadians
    -Beware of COVID-19 scams offering to help skip the line for vaccine

  • Canada pauses AstraZeneca vaccine for under 55

  • Why Canada's decision to delay 2nd doses of vaccines may not work for everyone

  • Canada's Epstein Denied Bail - Again
    -Canadian judge denies bail for fashion mogul Peter Nygard

  • IKEA's malls arm buys retail property in the centre of Toronto

  • Retail sales fall 1.1 per cent in January to $52.5B: StatCan

  • Couche-Tard signs deal to sell 49 stores, puts 306 more up for sale

  • SIU clears 2 Hamilton officers after man shot dead at Cannon Street plaza

  • Toronto Robbery Spree
    -Toronto, ON: Man, 3 teens charged in GTA retail robberies from 2019

  • Victoria, BC: 3 'prolific offenders' arrested after threatening security guard with knife

  • Lethbridge, AB: Robbery suspects apprehended after employee injured trying to retrieve stolen tools

  • Vancouver, BC: One killed, five injured after mass stabbing at Vancouver library

March 24, 2021

  • RCC's Retail Loss Prevention Forum

  • From the Retail Council of Canada
    -March is Fraud Prevention Month - Alert from the Competition Bureau

  • $37M in Fraud Losses - 11,789 Victims - 13,553 Incidents
    -Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre says people lost over $37M because of scams in 2020

  • Fraud On the Rise Among Millennials
    -Experts warn young consumers about online fraudsters during Fraud Prevention Month

  • The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

  • Interac tips in support of Fraud Prevention Month

  • Canadian Immigration Minister Mendicino marks Fraud Prevention Month

  • Waterloo residents lose $57K+ due to gift card scams in first 2 months of 2021

  • Third Wave Hits Ontario
    -Canada's largest province says it's in the third wave -- and officials worry the vaccine rollout may not happen fast enough

  • Canada now vaccinating over 100K per day.
    -Here's what it will take to hit September target

  • $2.2M COVID Study
    -Quebec researchers to study COVID-19 impact on grocery workers

  • Ontario moves Ottawa area to Red-Control level of COVID restrictions

  • Loblaws shows how food lovers have adapted to the pandemic

  • Canada's 'Retail Apocalypse' Continues
    -The stores and restaurants closing the most locations across Canada in 2021

  • Canadian Restaurants are on edge and 50% may not survive

  • Canada's Epstein Tried Bribing His Own Daughter
    -Peter Nygard allegedly tried to 'bribe' his daughter with $1M house to proclaim innocence

  • Fashion Mogul Fights Sex Charges From Cell With TV and Phone

  • Chipotle to accelerate expansion into Canada

  • Couche-Tard signs deal to sell 49 stores, puts 306 more up for sale

  • UK-Based JD Group Expanding into Canada with 'Size?' Sneaker Retail Store Banner

  • 25% of Canadian Gyms to Close Permanently

  • Innisfil, ON: Brazen $13,000+ theft under investigation at the Roadshow's 400 Antiques Mall

  • Mississauga, ON: Man armed with syringe robs store

  • Guelph, ON: $12K worth of product stolen in downtown smash and grab

  • Canada police arrest 18 suspects over stolen vehicles worth $4.5m shipped to Nigeria, Ghana, UAE

  • Cannabis - Calgary, AB - Armed Robbery (2x)

  • Gas Station - Yellowknife, NT - Armed Robbery

  • Unnamed Business - Guelph, ON - Burglary

  • Unnamed Store - Mississauga, ON - Armed Robbery

March 17, 2021

  • RCC's Retail Loss Prevention Forum

  • Toronto has had some of the longest COVID-19 business closures in North America

  • COVID Infection Rates Climb inside Amazon Fulfillment Center
    -Amazon ordered to temporarily close Canadian warehouse over COVID-19 concerns

  • Have COVID-19 variants pushed Canada into a third wave of the pandemic?

  • 'Eventually, but not for today,' Trudeau says of reopening Canada-U.S. border

  • Lagging vaccination rate puts Canadian factories at competitive disadvantage

  • $160M in Fraud Losses Over Past Year
    -March is fraud prevention month, and experts warn of COVID-19 scams

  • Waterloo Region residents lost nearly $300K to gift card scams last year, police say

  • The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

  • Interac tips in support of Fraud Prevention Month

  • Bail Hearing This Thursday for Canada's Epstein
    -Canada’s AG Seeking Limited Publication Ban for Peter Nygard’s Appeal

  • 187K New Retail & Hospitality Jobs
    -Canada’s job market snaps back from second-wave setbacks

  • Grocery Employee Files Breached
    -Coleman Group gets hit with cyber attack

  • Opioid Deaths Rising in Canada
    -Opioid-related overdose deaths jump by 59 per cent in Ontario

  • Largest Yearly Investment Yet for Walmart Canada
    -Walmart Canada to invest over C$500 million on store upgrades

  • Sobeys to Acquire Majority Share of Longo’s

  • Empire Expands Realm in Canada

  • 50 Drug Stores Robberies Over Last Few Months
    -Calgary police make arrests in pharmacy armed robbery spree

  • Regina man facing numerous charges in connection to attempted murder, armed robbery

  • Killeen man pleads guilty to using knife at local store

  • Thunder Bay, ON: Woman gets 16-month sentence for c-store robbery

  • Suspect sought following shoplifting incidents at Kemptville business

  • Winnipeg man charged in alleged credit card fraud, money laundering scheme

  • C-Store - London, ON - Robbery

  • C-Store - Thunder Bay, ON - Burglary

  • Pharmacy - Calgary, AB - Armed Robbery

  • Restaurant - Regina, SK - Armed Robbery

  • Unnamed Store - Dartmouth, NS - Armed Robbery

March 10, 2021

  • New Podcast on Canadian Retail's 'Reawakening'
    -Experts Peter Woolford and Stephen O'Keefe on How Retail is Changing and Where it's Going

  • Front-Line Retail Workers Put in Dangerous Situations
    -Mask video shows 'difficult decisions' front-line staff face in pandemic, says Colemans

  • 'We want this one ... to be the last one'
    -Toronto businesses reopen on Monday, but the spectre of 'back-and-forth' closures still looms

  • 'Draconian Lockdown Measures' Not Working?
    -Ontario COVID lockdown not curbing caseloads, but punishing businesses, say MPPs

  • GTA malls entering grey zone use staff at doors, tech to track capacity

  • The Profound Effects of Losing Independent Retailers and Businesses in Canada During the Pandemic

  • COVID enforcement blitz finds 44% of Windsor-Essex businesses in violation of rules

  • Montreal Retail Struggles Amid Lockdowns and Consumer Shifts

  • Enabling Canada's Epstein?
    -Accused Nygard 'co-conspirators' deny enabling their former boss

  • Pandemic-Related Fraud Sweeps Canada
    -With pandemic-related fraud everywhere, from takeout to online shopping, here's how to spot it

  • Many Canadians believe shopping online leads to fraudulent activity

  • Alberta RCMP provide tips on spotting a scam during Fraud Prevention Month

  • #1 E-Commerce Retailer in Canada?
    -Walmart Canada Accelerates E-Commerce Expansion with 1st in-Store Fully-Automated Fulfillment Centre

  • Fraudsters preying on Canadians' insecurities in the midst of pandemic

  • Tim Hortons plans to open 200 more restaurants in China, sell retail coffee on Alibaba

  • Boathouse Entering Quebec, Triple O's Opening 30 Ontario Locations

  • Habitat and Lowe's Canada partner on Blackfalds Women's Build projects

  • RCC's Retail Loss Prevention Forum

  • (Update) Winnipeg, AB: Inquest called into death of 16-year-old Eishia Hudson, shot last year by Winnipeg police

  • Edmonton, AB: Police release video of $300K jewelry theft to find 2 more thieves

  • Alberta watchdog investigates shooting death of woman in hotel by Calgary police

  • Corner Brook, NL: Bail denied for man accused of theft, armed robbery

  • Gas Station - Thunder Bay, ON - Robbery

  • Jewelry Store - Edmonton, AB - Armed Robbery

March 3, 2021

  • RCC's Retail Loss Prevention Forum

  • 'It's the Wild West' in Vancouver
    -Grocery store owner says violent incidents out of control

  • Vancouver Burglaries at 10-Year High
    -'Massive' security concerns surround vacant space

  • Crime-Fighting Partnership
    -Edmonton Police Foundation partnering with MacEwan to prevent liquor store thefts

  • Edmonton campaign plants actors in liquor store to help educate against theft

  • Thieves Targeting Bitcoin machines?
    -With the high price of Bitcoin, are Sask. criminals cashing in?

  • One-third of Canadians admit to having been a victim of fraud

  • The Unintended Cost of Prolonged Shutdowns
    -Shorter, more frequent lockdowns could lead to fewer COVID-19 cases, study finds

  • Ontario sees 1,023 new COVID-19 cases as 2 health units move back into lockdown

  • Canada adds 2,300 new COVID cases as provinces split on next steps

  • Planning for Canada's Post-COVID Retail Comeback
    -Brick-and-Mortar Will Continue to Be Critical for Retail in Canada Post-Pandemic: Claude Sirois

  • International air travel to Canada fell 90 per cent from pre-COVID-19 times

  • Canada approves AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot in boost to vaccination push

  • Private COVID Testing Arrives at Alberta Pharmacies in Under-Serviced Areas

  • Canada's Epstein - Case Update
    -Peter Nygard appeals denied bail decision

  • Victoria's Secret is closing up to 50 more stores in US and Canada

  • Canadian Retail 2020 Winners and Losers: Ed Strapagiel Analysis

  • Alberta: Truck loads of stolen property recovered by RCMP

  • Cochrane, AB: $5,000 to $10,000 worth of collectibles stolen from Rebel Comics

  • Man arrested after allegedly punching Burnaby Canadian Tire staff over mask rule

  • Man charged with St. John's gunpoint carjacking, gas station robbery and bank holdup headed to trial

  • Mississauga, ON: Police respond to male with firearm in convenience store

  • Bitcoin Machine - Prince Albert, SK - Smash & Grab

  • C-Store - Williams Lake, BC - Robbery

  • C-Store - Kamloops, BC - Armed Robbery

  • C-Store - Mississauga, ON - Armed Robbery

  • Comic Store - Cochrane, AB - Burglary

  • Sex Shop - Nanaimo, BC - Burglary

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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