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Canadian Push 1-24-14

Canadian pharmacists - Looking down the barrel of guns, knives and home-made flame throwers - Criminals hitting pharmacies are using 'increasingly unusual weapons'  Brandishing weapons ranging from guns and knives to home-made flame throwers, criminals continue to siphon away a large chunk of the nation’s powerful narcotic painkillers, Health Canada figures indicate. Hundreds of thousands of units of oxycodone, morphine and other “opioids” are still being robbed, pilfered or otherwise lost from the pharmacy supply chain, despite some recent improvements, the statistics reveal. The numbers suggest theft and other losses from those business continue to be a significant source of the country’s rampant prescription drug-abuse problem — and the thriving street trade that helps fuel it. The criminals who hold up pharmacies seeking opioid drugs have resorted to increasingly unusual weapons, including lighter-aerosol-can combinations that can be turned into instant “flame throwers” to, in one case, simply dousing a pharmacist with gasoline and threatening to set the druggist alight. (Source

Mail theft on the rise and expected to increase  The union representing Canadian postal workers says thieves are making off with Canadians’ mail and the problem will only get worse with the plan to replace doorstep mail delivery with community mailboxes. Stephen Gale, president of local 739 of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said he hears many complaints from postal workers dealing with angry customers who have to drive to the post office because their community boxes have been broken into. “We’re hearing a lot of frustration and shock too at just the numbers,” Gale said. “We don’t know the numbers but it seems to be increasing everyday almost. It’s a big problem." Canada Post had previously projected an annual loss of $1-billion a year by 2020 if it were to continue with door-to-door delivery. (Source

Loblaw to invest $100 million in Quebec stores
Loblaw has announced it will invest $100 million in its Quebec brands in 2014, after spending the same amount in 2013. The money will go toward renovations of some Provigo, Maxi, Maxi & Cie stores and rebranding of some Loblaw stores to the new Provigo le Marché banner, said Loblaw spokesperson Anita Jarjour. (Source

Canada November sales increase 0.6%

Canadian Push 1-24-14
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