Canadian retailers respond to Fort McMurray wildfires with donations
Both Walmart Canada and Loblaw companies sent financial aid to support the
relief efforts in the Fort McMurray community. According to reports published
Friday morning, fires in the province of Alberta have to date forced the
evacution of 88,000 residents and destroyed more than 1,600 structures.
The Walmart Foundation committed $500,000, including a donation to the Canadian
Red Cross and support by Walmart Canada for local associates. In addition,
Walmart Canada has activated a campaign to support the Canadian Red Cross'
efforts to provide relief to those affected by the Fort McMurray wildfires.
Customers can make donations to the Canadian Red Cross at all Walmart stores in
Loblaw Companies have committed $300,000 in support for relief efforts in Fort
McMurray, including cash donations, and provisions of essential food and health
supplies. In addition, in less than 24-hours, customers in stores across the
country have donated more than $120,000 and 1.6 million Shoppers Optimum points
to help displaced residents. Loblaw has committed to a cash donation of $150,000
to the Canadian Red Cross. Additionally, through its network of more than 2,400
stores across the country, Loblaw has mobilized a disaster relief effort in each
of its businesses to provide comprehensive support to those in Fort McMurray.
Assistant General Manager Loss Prevention (Assistant Director, Loss Prevention)
posted for London Drugs, Vancouver, Ca.
The Assistant General Manager, Loss Prevention is a senior management position
responsible for meeting company objectives in all areas of retail Loss
Prevention and security for London Drugs. This includes LP Operations,
Investigations, Asset Protection and Physical Security of all locations and
business units. The Assistant General Manager of Loss Prevention will report
directly to the General Manager of Loss Prevention.
London Drugs is 100% Canadian owned and is focused on local customers'
satisfaction. Across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia,
London Drugs' 78 stores employ more than 7000 staff dedicated to providing our
customers with a superior shopping experience.
Facial recognition tech is
allowing stores to reward customers
'Who is doing what with that information?'
public-interest advocate asks
The shoppers don't know
it, but a computer is scanning their faces and comparing their features to those
of known shoplifters. This facial recognition software is being used in stores
across North America.
At the moment, facial recognition technology is
used mostly for security. But its developers are selling it to retail stores,
which would be able to recognize customers, not just shoplifters.
Racz, CEO of Montreal's Genetec,
attends a Las Vegas trade show to demonstrate his company's facial recognition
software. At the Genetec booth, his colleague takes my picture and enters my
name into the database.When I walk past the camera, the computer instantly flags
me and displays my name.
Racz says companies use this technology to analyze shoppers' behaviour: where
they go, what grabs their attention. It lets them understand the demographics of
the shopper, the dwell time of the shopper," Racz says. "So is the shopper
interested in a given display, and is this shopper a male or a female?"
Racz says you don't have to worry about your privacy, because the computer will
be able to recognize you, but no one else will. We store two copies of the
video," Racz says, "one which is encrypted, and which is only available if the
chief privacy officer wants to decrypt that video. And the other copy is
Racz won't list his clients, but says facial recognition is
being used by major Canadian retail and coffee chains.
Research in the
UK. suggests 30 per cent of retail stores are experimenting with facial
recognition. Geoffrey White of the
Public Interest Advocacy Centre
in Ottawa says that's probably true in Canada as well.
Compromised bank cards lead to few answers from Canadian banks
Compromised Bank Accounts, credit & debit cards & PINs on the rise
Some banks cite privacy as a reason for being tight lipped about the recent
problem. The president of the Consumers' Association of Canada is calling on
banks to become more transparent and release information about what he feels is
an increase in the number of compromised bank cards.
"We've seen an escalation in the last 12 months of compromised bank accounts,
credit cards, debit cards and PINs," Bruce Cran told CBC News. "The mere
volume of what's happening at the moment indicates to us that there's a bigger
problem here," he said.
It is unclear how many breaches have occurred. The banks are not
communicating due to privacy policies.
Two Jewelers fined for not having compliance policy's for anti-money laundering
and anti-terrorist financing -
Saskatchewan's Victoria Jewellers Ltd., and Toronto's Diamond Exchange Toronto
Both jewellers were found to have violated the Proceeds of Crime
(Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) and the Proceeds
of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Regulations (PCMLTFR).
This was due to their failure to develop and apply written compliance policies
and procedures; assess and document the risks related to money laundering and
terrorist financing; and develop and maintain a written, ongoing compliance
Victoria Jewellers was imposed with a penalty of $13,500, while Diamond Exchange
Toronto received a fine of $12,750.
Sobeys must pay Andrella David $21K for racial discrimination
Sobeys employee publicly called shopper a 'shoplifter' but produced no evidence
An independent human rights board of inquiry has ruled that Andrella
David, the Nova Scotia woman who was racially profiled while shopping at a
Tantallon Sobeys in 2009, will receive $21,000 from the company.
The decision came late Thursday. It also mandates that Sobeys Group Inc. provide
a written apology to David and that the company participate in Human Rights'
Commission-approved training related to racial profiling and discrimination.
In 2009, David was stopped by Sobeys employee Jennie Barnhill in front of other
customers and accused of being a "known shoplifter in the store" based on
In the October decision, Hill said that the surveillance footage was too poor
quality to identify anyone, that there was no indication that David had ever
attempted to shoplift, and that racial profiling had been a factor in how David
Sobeys has appealed the board's decision, prompting protests by hundreds of
community members at the Tantallon Sobeys in March.
Fired Walmart greeter, 78, gets
support from angry shoppers
Andre Ouimet says
he intended to pay, mistakenly took toilet paper to his van while changing his
A growing number of customers say they will no
longer shop at Walmart Canada after a 78-year old greeter was fired following
accusations he was a "toilet-paper thief." Andre Ouimet said he was marched out
of the Leduc store last Friday, after being called a thief and a liar in a
meeting with management.
Ouimet admits he took unpaid toilet paper out
of the store, but says it was an accident.
Six days before he was fired,
Ouimet said he rushed to his van in a panic because his oxygen tank was nearly
empty and he was having trouble breathing. At his van, Ouimet realized he had
left the store with a package of toilet paper in his scooter, which he intended
to buy. He said he put the toilet paper in his van in order to change his oxygen
tank. But when he returned to the store, Ouimet said he realized he had
forgotten to take the toilet paper with him. Ouimet said he immediately informed
customer service and promised to pay for the merchandise on his coffee break,
which he did. He said no one appeared to have a problem with it. So he was
shocked when he was fired a week later.
Senior director of corporate
affairs Alex Roberton said Walmart Canada would not comment "out of respect for
our associates' privacy." But privacy concerns haven't stopped a growing number
of outraged shoppers from speaking out on Facebook.
Why Canada's cities aren't cracking
down on marijuana stores
Canada's municipalities are in
a tough position when it comes to pot. Faced with a previous federal government
that had no interest in legalizing marijuana or modifying its obtuse mail-order
medical-marijuana program, Toronto and Vancouver have swiftly become home to
more than 250 dispensaries that operate outside the law, with
more than 100 now open
in Ontario's capital.
The rush to open more storefronts appears to be
accelerating ahead of the federal government's pledge to introduce a
legalization bill next spring, as wannabe entrepreneurs try to cash in before a
potentially new regulatory regime comes into force. But cities facing pressure
from citizens to crack down on the flourishing businesses are discovering they
may lack the legal authority to do so.
Toronto vows to crack down on
medical marijuana dispensaries
Vancouver shuts down 22 pot shops in
Halifax retail businesses aim to
start a discussion on best way to tackle panhandlers
Montreal Store Signage Rule
Indigo named top Canadian retail
employer brand, 4th overall
Aéropostale seeks bankruptcy
protection, closing all 41 Canadian stores
Canadian Appointed to UK's head of data protection watchdog - Information
Commissioner's Office (ICO)
Canada's economy sees first decline since September
Main grocery store in Pelican Narrows, Sask., goes up in smoke
Brantford, ON, CN:
Tractor trailer full of Tires stolen, valued at $100,000
Winnipeg, CN: Shoppers Drug Mart
Robbed In Silver Heights
Lumby, BC, CN: RCMP make arrests in
Mac's knifepoint robbery
Newfoundland, CN: Police seek
suspect in Armed Robbery in Corner Brook
CN: ATM Smash and Grab in Caroline
CN: Smash and Grab Fails