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Canadian Push 1-17-14

Ice storm in Canada chilled retail sales - Canada's adoption of Black Friday also slowed December sales  Early indicators suggest the ice storm that gripped Eastern Canada before Christmas dealt a blow to several retailers in the all-important holiday quarter. Fourth-quarter consumer spending rose a tepid 1.95% compared with the same period in 2012, according to a report released Friday by credit and debit card processor Moneris Solutions. December saw the slowest growth in the period compared with a year earlier, at 1.66% — an indication of the brutal weather and a possible boost from the growing Canadian retail adoption of the U.S. shopping event Black Friday in November, Moneris said. (Source

Peel Police Department's Constable Erin Cooper interviews Stephen O'Keefe, Vice President of Operations at Retail Council of Canada on the topic of 'Internal Workplace Theft'.  Stephen has served with the RCC for the last two year, prior, he was the Vice President of Loss Prevention and Risk Management for Walmart Canada. (Source

Nordstrom to open store in Toronto Eaton Centre as Sears departs

Ottawa’s retail market to continue heating up in 2014

Vaughan man charged in Richmond Hill jewelry store robbery
On Nov. 1, a man went into a jewelry store at Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill, approached the counter and asked the sales representative to see a ring. When he was handed the ring, the man ran out of the store. The man’s image was captured by video surveillance and police believed he may be responsible for similar robberies that totaled more than $100,000 in losses of jewelry shops from Ottawa to Windsor. Tuesday, police from York, Waterloo and Peterborough arrested a man in Vaughan. The 25-year-old is charged with theft over $5,000 and breach of probation. (Source

Target of Burnaby shooting at a strip mall uninjured  Burnaby RCMP is investigating after a car was showered with bullets Tuesday evening on Canada Way. Multiple gunshots were reported to police at about 9:40 p.m. on Jan. 15 in the area of a strip mall at Canada Way and Sperling Avenue. Officers arrived to find an unoccupied 2007 BMW riddled with a "significant number of bullet holes," according to RCMP. The owner of the car, a man from the Lower Mainland, was found uninjured nearby. The car was unoccupied at the time of the shooting. "The investigation indicates that this was a targeted attempted murder which appears to be drug-related." (Source

Two days, two armed robberies at Hamilton convenience stores

OPP investigating armed robbery at Shoppers Drug Mart in Elora

Canadian Push 1-17-14
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